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Oral Tobacco

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL5523, tabled on 21 February 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what scientific research forms the basis of the ban on snus as a smoking substitute.

Answered on

6 March 2017

A range of evidence has been considered showing that there is no safe way to consume tobacco.

The ban on snus was introduced by the European Union in 1992 and is currently subject to litigation. As long as the United Kingdom is subject to EU law, current arrangements remain in place. The Government is committed to reviewing the existing legislation by 2020.