If the proposal turns into actuality, a can of normal unfastened snus would price over SEK 120, rising by roughly SEK 62.
Till now, the tobacco tax state of affairs within the EU has been fragmented, as totally different member states have imposed numerous tax charges on totally different merchandise. And whereas vaping merchandise are regulated underneath the Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) on the subject of the well being facet of issues, there may be nonetheless no EU-wide tax framework in place for them. In 2017, the European Fee (EC) had requested for consultations a few proposed revision of the Tobacco Excise Directive (TED), which might have included such a tax.
To this impact a tax proposal seeing the EU’s minimal excise tax on cigarettes raised from €1.80 to €3.60 per pack of 20 has been launched. Sadly, the tax can also be being proposed for safer options akin to vapes, and leaked paperwork point out that the plan is to drive Sweden to set in place the tax on snus at an unreasonable degree.
In a press launch, founding father of the EUforsnus motion (@EU4snus on Twitter) Bengt Wiberg defined that the group will now begin utilizing hashtags #VetoEUsnusmurder, #EUsnusmurder& #StopEUsnusmurder, and is getting in contact with hurt discount entities to attract consideration to the matter.
The leaked doc signifies that if the proposal turns into actuality, a can of normal unfastened snus would price over SEK 120, rising by roughly SEK 62 in comparison with right this moment. Patrik Hildingsson, head of communications at Swedish Match, believes this additional tax is unacceptable. “The already closely taxed Swede appears to tolerate a excessive diploma of patronage. However right here I believe we are literally crossing the road,” he stated.
Why a heavy tax on snus could be detrimental
Snus is a moist powder tobacco product that’s positioned underneath the higher lip for prolonged durations. It’s largely widespread in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, nonetheless it’s only authorized in Sweden the place it’s thought-about an efficient tobacco hurt discount product. In reality, snus has not solely led to Sweden boasting the lowest smoking charges in Europe, however extra importantly, additionally to reporting the bottom charges of lung most cancers throughout the continent.
To this impact, Bengt believes that the Swedish authorities who has beforehand fought laborious for Sweden to be autonomous on the subject of any determination primarily based on snus laws, and is professional tobacco hurt discount, can and can veto this proposal.