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Dr. Kgosi Letlape, head of the Africa Medical Association, has hailed snus for its ability to help cut smoking rates across Scandinavia. He also expressed frustration at moves to ban Swedish snus and other reduced-risk nicotine products.

Snus, said Letlape, is “probably the best thing that ever happened in the Scandinavian countries” when it came to reducing smoking and tobacco mortality. Letlape also criticized the WHO’s existing Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) calling it a “patchwork” focusing almost exclusively on combustible cigarettes that “wasn’t designed for any harm reduction products”.