Snus is a fine moist powder of tobacco wrapped in a round box. The user of snus pushes some snus, called a "pris" under the upper lip.
It is forbidden to sell snus in Denmark, but legal and very popular in both Norway and Sweden. The sale of snus is actually illegal within the whole of the European Union, except for Sweden, where riots probably would occur if they tried to ban it - by the Swedes.
It is not illegal to use snus or possess snus of up to one and a half kilos for own consumption in Denmark, but as it is illegal to sell it, the authorities now want to stop the youths who sell snus via social media, says Sikkerhedsstyrelsen, which is a state agency responsible for the safety of electricity, gas, fireworks and certain consumer products. They have therefore started to check sales on social media, and check groups on Facebook that sell snus, reports DR.
Although it is illegal to sell snus in Denmark, there are many people who have tried to put a pris of tobacco under the lip to get a nikotin kick. It is addictive like smoking.
Many buy it via social media like Facebook, says Jakob Langkilde, who is one of the young people who buys his snus through people he knows on Facebook.
- It's not some shady dealer in a backyard. You write to one over Facebook and knows who he is. It's as easy as buying clothes, explains Jacob Langkilde.
But authorities have just started to check sales on social media to put a stop to it.
- In the first place, we go after the open groups, and in the past week, six people have been reported to the police. We'll continue to closed groups that also sell snus, says Jan Møller Mikkelsen, head of Sikkerhedsstyrelsen.
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