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No smoke, no fire, but Denmark is taking heat because of EU snus ban

EU Commission refers Denmark to the EU court for failing to ban the oral tobacco product


Snus is consumed by placing it between the gum and the lip (Photo: Colourbox)

July 11, 2014
11:14

by Philip Tees


The European Commission on Thursday referred Denmark to the EU Court of Justice for not banning the sale of all forms of the oral tobacco product snus, the Commission announced in a press release on Thursday.

All forms of snus are banned for sale in the EU, except in Sweden, which gained an exemption from the ban when it entered the union. Snus is consumed by placing it between the gum and the lip, without it being chewed or smoked. It is sold both in loose form and individual portion bags.

Not complying with the ban
The European Commission contended that Denmark wasn’t complying with the ban and, as a result, in 2012 requested that Denmark take all necessary steps to comply with the EU directive.

“Until now, Denmark has not notified any such measures to the commission and continues to be in breach of EU law. For this reason, the commission has decided to refer the case to the EU Court of Justice,” the commission stated in a press release.



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