Shocked MEPs accuse Swedish medic of promoting snus in speech to committee

A Swedish medical expert’s presentation on the use of snus has been strongly criticised by members of the European Parliament (MEPs), who accused him of promoting a harmful nicotine product.

Fredrik Nyström, a professor in the faculty of medicine at Linköping University, told the Subcommittee on Public Health that statistics showing falling consumption of cigarettes in Sweden and Norway, alongside increasing snus use, showed transitioning from tobacco to snus was an effective harm reduction method.

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Tiziana Cauli

Senior reporter/health & science editor
Tiziana is an Italian journalist from Sardinia. She has worked for both international and local media in Italy, South Africa, France, Spain, the UK, Lebanon and Belgium. She also worked as a communications manager for several international NGOs in the humanitarian sector. Tiziana holds a degree in Political Science and a PhD in African Studies from the University of Cagliari and she’s a graduate of the Carlo De Martino school of journalism in Milan.

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