Swedish ‘snus tax’ is a game changer in tobacco harm reduction policies

April 17, 2024 by londonlovesbusiness.com

Swedish ‘snus tax’ is a game changer in tobacco harm reduction policies

The Swedish government's plan to reduce tax on snus by 20% and increase taxes on cigarettes by 9% has been praised by international experts for recognizing the lower health risks of snus. Sweden aims to become smoke-free, with smoking rates just above 5%, due to the availability and support for alternative products like nicotine pouches and snus. Compared to the EU average, Sweden has significantly fewer tobacco-related deaths. The government's strategy aligns with harm reduction principles, with experts applauding Sweden's leadership in promoting safer alternatives to combat the negative effects of smoking.

15.30% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 1.3 million current smokers in Sweden.



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