Snus og harm reduction i Norge

Norske forskere: Snus forbedrer folkesundheden som de har fra Forskere: Snus har positiv effekt på folkehelsen

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Purpose: In Norway, snus (low nitrosamine smokeless tobacco) are allowed to compete with cigarettes for market share, and over the past decades the prevalence of snus users has increased as the prevalence of smokers has decreased. We have summed up the findings from research that have tried to identify the role of snus in smoking cessation and how availability to snus in Norway has affected the magnitude of concomitant use of snus and cigarettes.

Design: Relevant results from Norwegian studies are presented, and, if possible, compared to findings from studies conducted in other countries.

Findings: Snus is reported by ever-smokers to be the most preferred method for quitting, and former smokers make up the largest segment of Norwegian snus users. The quit rate for smoking is consistently observed to be higher for snus users than for smokers who have no experience of use of snus. Moreover, those using snus are more likely to have quit smoking completely or considerably reduced their cigarette smoking, than users of medicinal smoking cessation products. The increase in snus use among men in Norway has not been paralleled by an increase in dual use of snus and cigarettes.

Research limitations: The results observed in Norway might not be extrapolated to other countries that do not have the same history of use of snus.

Practical implications: The replacement of cigarettes by snus has been the most typical pattern of use in Norway, and the availability of snus may have been beneficial to public health.

Originality: Besides neighbouring Sweden, Norway is the only country the Eurozone with a tradition of snus use. Knowledge about the pattern of snus use in these countries is relevant for policymakers when deciding the legal status of snus in the EU.

Keywords: tobacco, smokeless, snus, cigarettes, cessation, dual use