An adviser to the European Union's top court says a ban should be kept on tobacco for oral use after smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match had attempted to overturn it.
In a statement, advocate general Henrik Saugmandsgaard Oe said Thursday it "is addictive and harmful." Advice from the advocate general is often followed in the final judgment, which is expected later this year.
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Only Sweden is exempted from an EU ban on "snus" — smokeless tobacco that is usually stuck under the upper lip.
Swedish Match wanted to be able to sell it across Europe, seeking permission though the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice that banned it twice before.
Swedish Match spokeswoman Marie-Louise Heiman said they were "disappointed," adding it would "severely limit the Court's assessment of EU legislation."