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Swedish Match: Breakthrough in the European Snus Issue 

Jump to full article: Primezone Media Network, 2002-11-26
Author: Source: Swedish Match


9:46 am ET

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, November 26, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Swedish Match (NasdaqNM:SWMAY):

The Administrative Court in Minden, Westfahlen, Germany, has decided to refer the question of the legality of the EU-ban on snus to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

In its decision, the Court decided to stay the initiated proceedings and that a preliminary ruling from the European Court of Justice in accordance with the procedure laid down in Art 234 of the EC Treaty should be sought concerning the following question: Is Art. 8 of Directive 2001/73/EC in accordance with imperative law of the European Community? This provision contains the prohibition of certain tobacco products including snus (Swedish moist snuff - for oral use).

The ban on oral smokeless tobacco lacks adequate legal base and violates the principles of non-discrimination and proportionality, says Lennart Sunden, President and CEO of Swedish Match AB.

It does not even serve the purpose of promoting public health, but is in fact counter-productive to that purpose.

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