Snus marketed in Sweden and Norway is more consumed than cigarettes, according to a study published Thursday of the National Institute of Statistics based in Oslo. A result linked to the drop in the number of smokers in the country for ten years. However, tobacco consumption has increased.
Norwegians are now more likely to consume daily "Snus", a Scandinavia-specific snuff, as cigarettes, show official figures released Thursday. Statistics May Raise Debate on Effects of Tobacco, Prohibited on Sale in the EU With the Exception of Sweden, on Health, Debate Issue
according to the Norwegian Institute of Statistics SSB, 12% of Norwegians consumed daily "Snus" in 2017, a proportion for the first time higher than that of daily smokers (11%).
Norway has adopted an ambitious policy to reduce smoking: it was one of the first countries in the world to ban smoking in public places in June 2004, the price of cigarettes is high (about 11 € the package) and the package has been neutral since last year.
In 2007, the proportion of daily smokers was still 22% but it was halved in ten years, a disaffection that benefited "Snus".
"Despite the decline in daily smoking, the total proportion of the population who consume tobacco-related products has increased", noted a SSB advisor, Joachim Wettergreenin a statement.
In 2016, 12% of Norwegians smoked daily and 10% used "Snus". After partly winning their fight against cigarettes, the Norwegian authorities are trying to stop the consumption of tobacco to suck.
In November, the state won a lawsuit in Oslo against the Swedish Match producer who protested against the "snus" application of the neutral package rule. The Swedish group appealed.
source : Ouest-france.fr/