Snus and health
Both in the scientific sphere and the public health debate, the relative health benefits of Swedish snus compared with cigarette smoking have been highlighted. On these pages, we have compiled information within the areas of snus and health, and on Sweden’s unique relationship to tobacco consumption, which has received international attention as “the Swedish experience”.
The risk of a man dying from a tobacco-related illness is less in Sweden than in any other European country, although tobacco consumption is on a comparable level with that of other countries in Europe. Researchers refer to this paradox as “the Swedish Experience”.
In recent years, a number of Swedish studies have been published on the effects of snus on health, based on Swedish conditions. Previously published research on oral tobacco products has mainly dealt with product types used in other parts of the world, such as India, meaning the results have not been representative. The information given here is a summary of current research on snus of the type used in Sweden and the rest of the Nordic region.