Snus Email sent to president of Finnish Hockey Federation Nov 5th 2015

Dear Mr Kummola,

My name is Atakan Befrits and I am a Swedish Turk working with Tobacco Harm Reduction focusing on the Middle East, Central Asia, Asia and Africa.

I completely agree with you that snus should not be visible in any sports venues, no tobacco or alcohol products should ideally be “promoted” in sports venues where children and young attend.

However, Sir, the signal that you are sending is very different. When you say that snus is an ethical problem as well as a public health problem, you are signaling that snus is a very dangerous product.

Snus, in actual fact and like it or not, has not killed a single Finn in over 200 years. Chances are quite high that ice skating accidents have killed more Finns, than snus has.

Whoever has convinced you of that snus is a public health problem (it can absolutely be considered a public nuiscance) is driven by a moral agenda to end tobacco use. I can without any doubt whatsoever successfully prove to you that snus has not caused one single fatality in Sweden in over 200 years, smoking on the other hand causes 12,000 deaths per year in Sweden.

In Sweden 6 people are no longer smoking cigarettes with the help of snus, for every one person no longer smoking with the help of nicotine gum, patch, spray, zyban, champix all put together. Without causing one single fatality.

Sir, I hope that in your next public appearance on this subject, you will clarify your position to indicate that snus should never be used by anyone, snus should never be used visibly in any sports venue, but if snus is what can help smokers to quit then you absolutely support that!

Thank you very much in advance and with my best regards

Atakan Befrits
Stockholm/Northern Cyprus


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