The Federal Office of Public Health has decided to prevent the sale and import of oral tobacco products such as snus.
This corresponds to the will of the legislator, argues the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). Until now, snus could be marketed because of a gap in the prescription. Now all products intended for oral use "in the form of powder or fine particles" are prohibited. Those intended to be smoked or chewed are allowed.
Snus was not sold as powder but as finely cut tobacco, with the indication of "chewing tobacco". In a directive made public Tuesday, whose online portal 20minuten.ch echoed, the FOPH explains that snus is also prohibited in this form.
Powder or fine particles means "cut or finely ground tobacco"Says the FOPH. Exempt from the ban, chewing tobacco means "products consisting of pieces of tobacco leaf measuring between one and several millimeters". The sucking tobacco, in the form of a paste, is also legal.
Snus or snuff is usually sold in porous bags or in bulk and is consumed via the oral mucosa. Like all tobacco products, it is harmful and rapidly dependent, says the FOPH. The snus contains up 30 carcinogenic substances and can cause cancers of the mouth.
Tobacco products for oral use are banned in Switzerland from 1995, except for chewing tobacco. With the arrival of new products, the distinction between banned and authorized products has become less clear, according to the FOPH. The directive thus clarifies the situation.
Also in Parliament
The last word could come back to Parliament as part of the debate on the new Tobacco Products Act. National Councilor Lukas Reimann (UDC / SG) had already criticized the fact that the FOPH is involved in the ongoing legislative process with its directive. The FOPH wrote on Wednesday that as long as the current ordinance on tobacco is in force, it sees itself, as supervisory authority, forced to focus on the ban.
A real change in the legal situation should not take place before 2019. Depending on the circumstances, this could even happen much later, because the Council of States wants to return the draft law on tobacco products to the United States. Federal Council.
source : lematin.ch