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Oral Tobacco: Health Hazards

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL6032, tabled on 7 February 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 15 November (HL3287) which stated that “snus products contain significantly lower levels of harmful carcinogens than other smokeless tobacco product”, whether they will publish a table showing the carcinogen levels for (1) snus, and (2) other smokeless products; and what assessment they have made of restricting these other smokeless products.

Answered on

24 March 2022

The Department does not hold data showing the carcinogen levels of snus or other smokeless tobacco products.

The Department is exploring a range of regulatory options as part of the development of the new Tobacco Control Plan. This includes further regulation on the most harmful tobacco products such as those smokeless tobacco products currently available in the UK.

No assessment has been made of the study in the European Journal of Epidemiology.

Snus is banned in the UK and we have no plans to introduce additional tobacco products to the UK market. Alternative tobacco-free products already exist, such as nicotine pouches.