Snuff's Ingredients A Mystery - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Snuff’s Ingredients A Mystery

Published November 26, 2013

No one seems to know what is in snuff, and the law does not require that the ingredients be printed on the packaging.
Vísir reports that the actual ingredients in snuff are neither displayed on its packaging, nor are available on the website of The State Alcohol and Tobacco Company of Iceland (ÁTVR).
Reporters contacted the Reykjavík Healthy Supervisory Authority on the matter. The officials responded by saying that ÁTVR is obliged to make sure that all snuff is “labeled”, although this requirement does not specifically mean listing ingredients.
However, snuff producers and importers are required, once a year, to submit a list of ingredients and their proportionate amounts to the Directorate of Health. The directorate, in turn, submits its own yearly report to the Ministry of Welfare, and is also obliged to make sure that the general public can have access to the list of ingredients.
This being the case, neither snuff producers nor importers are obliged to put a label of ingredients on packages of snuff.
Snuff is mostly pulverised tobacco, although some producers have been known to add scents or even flavourings to them. What is specifically contained in the snuff sold in Iceland, though, is still unclear.


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