For the last 15+ years, Swedish politicians and their EU representatives have been working for a lifting of the EU snus ban as it unfairly restricts Sweden's right to free trade within the EU. As the new EU TPD is expected to come up for a vote in the 4thquarter of 2012, the stakes and the arguments have risen.
The argument by Sweden to remove the EU snus ban from the TPD was set on its side by this latest development of banning tobacco flavorings. Effectively, the EU is breaking it's original agreement with Sweden by not actually banning snus, but banning all the flavoring ingredients required to produce snus. These flavoring ingredients, like Swedish snus itself, have been regulated as food products since 1970 by the Swedish National Food Administration (Sweden's version of FDA).
These bastards aren't keeping their word?
That's a shock.