Now there are some more information about EU:s new proposal about to make tobacco with certain flavors illegal, something which alot of people thought was a total prohibition to snuff. According to John Dalli (EU:s commission for e.g. health) the proposal is about to do what it says, ban certain flavors (e.g. menthol, cocoa and licorice). And that would apply to ANY kind of tobacco, not only snuff.
The purpose with this should pretty obvious, and a good way of attacking a cause for health problems. The final goal is that people wont use tobacco at all, but at the same time it’s impossible to just make it illegal from one day to another. Thus, they start to ban “initial products”, i.e. tobacco products which are easier for someone who is not used to tobacco to use. Young people for example. After all, that’s when people usually starts to use tobacco, I suppose it’s very unusual that one start using it after they turned 30.
It’s easy to understand that the tobacco companies doesn’t like this proposal at all, because it makes it harder for them to gain new customers.
It’s somewhat harder to understand why some of our more prominent politicians are just as negative about it. Our Prime Minister for example, says that Sweden will do whatever it takes to keep the snuff companies, and the he also will try to make it possible for us to sell it abroad. To use a slight understatement, he probably have at least one million more important tasks…