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Press Release

For Immediate Release:

JUNE DECLARED ‘POUCH AWARENESS MONTH’ BY NICOTINE CAMPAIGNERS

  • 700K DIE EVERY YEAR IN EU FROM SMOKING
  • SWEDEN ERADICATED CIGS WITH HELP OF NICOTINE POUCHES AND SNUS

Every year 700,000 lives are tragically lost across the EU due to smoking-related diseases.

As the EU reviews various nicotine regulations, there is growing concern about efforts to restrict safer nicotine alternatives. Such restrictions could further endanger lives by limiting access to effective quitting aids.

In light of these concerns, from this year forward Considerate Pouchers will mark June as “Pouch Awareness Month” to raise awareness of this effective harm-reduction tool.

We urge policymakers to ensure that pouches remain accessible, acceptable, and affordable to support a healthier future for everyone.

These alternatives have emerged as a powerful tool in the fight against smoking, helping millions around the world to quit and significantly improving their health, finances, and overall quality of life. Unlike traditional smoking methods, pouches are discreet and considerate to those around us – no smoke, no smell, and no disruption.

Sweden serves as a remarkable case study in the benefits of pouches. By not restricting oral nicotine, Sweden is on the path to becoming a smoke-free society, achieving the World Health Organization’s 5% smoking incidence target faster than any other country. This success was achieved by carefully assessing the evidence and recognizing the universal benefits of pouches and snus.

Despite this, some countries are moving to impose restrictions on pouches, a decision that could have devastating consequences. Poorly thought-out legislation could deprive countless individuals of a critical lifeline in their journey to quit smoking.

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“We are witnessing a public health revolution in Sweden, driven by a pragmatic approach to nicotine usage,” said Richard Crosby, Director of Considerate Pouchers UK. “Sweden is saving lives by embracing harm reduction and less harmful alternatives. This sets a standard for the rest of us. All governments striving for better public health should support the availability of pouches.

They must be accessible and legally available to those seeking an alternative to cigarettes.

They should also be offered in various flavors and nicotine strengths to meet individual preferences and be affordable, with taxes reflecting their lower health risk.”

As part of this campaign, we are calling on all pouchers and supporters to sign our pledge to protect pouches and ensure that these safer alternatives remain available to all who need them.

Please do so at: consideratepouchers.org/pouch-awareness-month.

For interviews or more information contact Carissa Düring: carissa@consideratepouchers.org

Sources: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/topics/en/article/20160518STO27901/700-000-deaths-a-year-tackling-smoking-in-the-eu.

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Michelle Jones

My name is Michelle - I am 48 and an engineer and Technical Author by trade. I started vaping many years ago in the days of Tornado tanks, Ego batteries and Variable Voltage. My journey in vaping began again around 2016 and have been interested in the topic ever since. I finally stopped smoking as of June 2019 and that is all thanks to vaping! 20mg Nicotine Salts are my hero! Oh and I am partial to a nice pod mod and Bubblegum e-liquid! I have enjoyed writing for Ecigclick since 2017 and love being part of this great team! My passion for Tobacco Harm Reduction has also led me to becoming a Trustee for the NNA (New Nicotine Alliance) aiding in Advocacy

My name is Michelle - I am 48 and an engineer and Technical Author by trade. I started vaping many years ago in the days of Tornado tanks, Ego batteries and Variable Voltage. My journey in vaping began again around 2016 and have been interested in the topic ever since. I finally stopped smoking as of June 2019 and that is all thanks to vaping! 20mg Nicotine Salts are my hero! Oh and I am partial to a nice pod mod and Bubblegum e-liquid! I have enjoyed writing for Ecigclick since 2017 and love being part of this great team! My passion for Tobacco Harm Reduction has also led me to becoming a Trustee for the NNA (New Nicotine Alliance) aiding in Advocacy

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