Could the 28-year ban on snus be overturned? Professor Riccardo Polosa, a smoking researcher at the University of Catania, gave oral evidence to the Select Committee. He said 'there is a strong consensus among the scientific community that the ban on snus is entirely disproportionate. 'Without a shadow of a doubt snus is vastly safer than smoking.' Professor Gerry Stimson, of the New Nicotine Alliance charity, said: 'This report is a milestone for harm reduction.' He added that 'it is also the beginning of the end for the grotesque mistake of banning snus'.