Oral Tobacco

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 19th October 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will request Public Health England to conduct reviews on the potential for harm reduction of snus products.

Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of removing the ban on Snus products.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Snus is banned under the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive. The Government committed in the Tobacco Control Plan for England to review where the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU offers us opportunities to re-appraise current regulation to ensure this continues to protect the nation’s health. We will look to identify where we can sensibly deregulate without harming public health or where current EU regulations limit our ability to deal with tobacco. The Government’s goal will remain to achieve a proportionate approach to managing risk, one which protects the young and non-smokers, whilst giving smokers access to products which will reduce harm.

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