In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given a surprising authorization to a Swedish tobacco manufacturer. Indeed, the latter can say that snus (or tobacco to suck) is less harmful than smoking.
What is snus?
Snus is a wet tobacco powder consumed mainly in the countries of northern Europe. It should not be confused with smoking tobacco, chewing tobacco or snuff. It is actually a kind of tobacco to suck since it is question of placing a dose between the gum and the upper lip. Some people will keep this same dose in place for only a few minutes and others for several hours.
At the beginning of the year 2018, we mentioned the fact that snus was banned in the European Union. It is for this reason that the first country where this type of tobacco is consumed is Norway, which is not a member of the Union. However, Sweden enjoys a special authorization since snus has been present in manners for several centuries.
FDA finds it less harmful
The Swedish company Swedish Match specializes in tobacco products, including snus. However, this company received a new authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in connection with the sale of snus on US soil. As stated by the CNBC in an article of 22 October 2019, it will be possible for the manufacturer to say that snus is less harmful than smoking tobacco!
The FDA said that, compared to smoking, snus consumption reduced the risk of oral cancer, heart disease and lung cancer. This risk reduction would also include stroke, pulmonary emphysema, and chronic bronchitis.
More acceptable products
Smoking kills an estimated 8 million people each year and vaping is at the heart of an unprecedented scandal in the United States. For the FDA looking for a way out, it is about encouraging different ways to consume, that is, those where there is no question of smoking.
Back to snus, which is attributed relaxing and energizing virtues. It should be known that this product also contains carcinogenic substances and can therefore, eventually, generate different cancers: pancreas, mouth, throat and esophagus, among others. In addition, the risk of cardiovascular disease is not excluded at all! Moreover, snus is as addictive as cigarettes and a dose is equivalent (nicotine) to three cigarettes!
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