Snus is a form of tobacco where the leaf has been transformed into a moist powder. This smokeless tobacco product was originally a variety of the smokeless snuff and it was invented in Sweden in the early 1700s. It is not dissimilar to chewing tobacco and stuff but when used, it is simply placed in the upper lip for a long period of time. Unlike other forms of smokeless tobacco, snus is not fermented. Snus laws have been a matter for considerable debate, particularly in Sweden. Manufacturers of the product claim that it should be less heavily regulated than other cigarettes and thus should be available for sale since it has been found to be less harmful.
Snus International Laws
The snus laws within the European Union prohibit its sale everywhere except for Sweden and Norway. Despite the fact that it is banned in Denmark, it can often be purchased there too. Under snus international law, Swedish snus can be sold in the US, Canada, Ukraine, Switzerland, various Central and South American countries as well as China, Mongolia and parts of Africa.
Snus international laws are slightly different when it comes to importing the product. As expected, it is illegal to import snus for commercial use in the same countries that prohibit its sale. However, there are no known countries that prohibit importing snus for personal use. This is because it is not illegal to consume snus anywhere that smoking or consuming any form of tobacco is allowed.
Some European countries allow snus alternatives to be sold provided that they contain no tobacco. These alternatives still use nicotine and they have also been gaining popularity as an alternative to other forms of tobacco in the United States where they are typically made with sweeteners to make the product more appealing than the competition.