Snus warning for pregnant women gets approved in Norway

A snus box with a health warning on it. Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB

A health label aimed at warning pregnant women of the dangers of using snus whilst pregnant has been approved and will be in use from February 4.

Important warning about the side effects of snus

The approval for boxes of snus to have a health warning labeling the side effects of using snus whilst pregnant has been granted. Ingvild Kjerkol (AP), the Minister for Health and Care Services, was happy about the approval.

Talking to NTB, Kjerkol said that “…we have had a negative development with many young women starting with snus, and several of these are unable to stop when they become pregnant. It is important that they learn that snus use during pregnancy can increase the risk of birth defects and stillbirth.”

A European Union-wide “Tobacco Directive”, which regulates, amongst other things, health warnings on tobacco products, came into force back in 2016. Its incorporation into the European Economic Area (of which Norway is a member) has been delayed but will finally enter force on 4 February.

The directive, however, still needs the approval of the Norwegian parliament (Storting).

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