Swedish snus (also spelled snooze or snous) has always been banned in Germany. The background is that snus is not classified as chewing tobacco in Germany, but as a tobacco product for oral use. Chewing tobacco is allowed, but all other tobacco products that are consumed orally are not. However, since snus is not chewed but sucked, it falls into the second category - so it is not allowed.
In 2019, the Bavarian Court of Justice banned a product sold under the category of "chewing bag," even though it contained cut tobacco, not ground as is the case with real snus. The court's reasoning was that the product was snus. Since then, confusion has reigned on both the retailer and consumer sides. This is because the sale of Chewing Bags is still not prohibited in other German states.
Is Snus legal in the UK?
It remains illegal for UK based retailers (online or traditional) to sell Snus.
So are nicotine pouches legal in the UK?
Yes, absolutely. Thats why we stock over 150 of them. In addition to a number of leading scandinavian companies, most major tobacco companies make and sell nicotine pouches in the UK.
We stock strengths from:
0MG - 6MG - Low
7MG - 12MG - Medium
13MG - 19MG - Strong
20MG - 50MG+ Extra Strong
and Flavour profiles:
Mint & Menthol
Nicotine pouches are not currently regulated as tobacco products. Instead they have to comply with The General Product Safety Regulations 2005.
We stock many of the largest and most popular nicotine pouches from across the world. You can find them by clicking here.
Can I buy SNUS in the UK?
To our knowledge, you can’t, at least not directly, from a UK-based retailer. This is a great pity as there is ample evidence from Sweden that despite Snus being a tobacco product – it is a less risky alternative when compared to cigarettes.
Can I buy SNUS from other countries and ship it to the UK?
Since Brexit, a large number of these online snus retailers have stopped selling Snus to the UK, given risks around tobacco excise, health warning language, etc., making it increasingly difficult to buy Snus and have it sent to the UK. Some online retailers in Europe / Sweden continue to supply the UK, but we understand that they now pass on the risk of excise tax payments and VAT to their customers in the UK, further raising barriers to discourage you and me from purchasing Snus. We offer next-day delivery on all of our nicotine pouches.
Is there a way around buying Snus in the UK?
Not that we know of. We can say that the moment it becomes legal for retailers to sell Snus in the UK, we intend to make it available here at killa snus alongside our already great selection of nicotine pouches.
One benefit of Brexit may be that the UK government no longer has to comply with how the majority of EU countries want to treat Snus (it’s completely banned across the EU with the exception of Sweden). In fact, there was a time when we thought the day that you can be buying Snus legally in the UK would never happen, but precisely because of Brexit, that may well be about to change.
In June of 2020, it was widely reported that in response to a question from Labour, Jo Churchill, a Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds, said that the UK government “… will consider in due course reviewing the position on snus and whether the introduction of this product onto the UK market would promote a proportionate approach to managing risks … whilst giving smokers access to products which may reduce harm”