How short-sighted nicotine alternative legislation boosts the black market

September 04, 2023 by daily-pouch.com

How short-sighted nicotine alternative legislation boosts the black market

In July this year, the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet posted an excellent article about the illicit trade of Snus in Finland. The piece tells the story of Mikko, a 25-year-old resident of a university town called Vaasa who helps supply Finish snussers with the prohibited harm reduction product via a bustling WhatsApp group. What I found remarkable about the story is how citizens like Mikko are forced into illegal actions because of EU legislation they have no control over. [...] Snus, like all oral tobacco, is banned across the EU. As Finland is a member state, the smoking alternative product cannot be sold legally. [...]


16.00% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 736,262 current smokers in Finland 18.60% of men are current smokers but only 13.60% of women.
SOURCE: GSTHR

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