Lawmakers Report Swedish Match to the FDA

August 19, 2020

Excerpt from Capitol Alert
Sacramento Bee
By Andrew Sheeler

Swedish Match has lobbied hard for exemptions for its products, pointing to the fact that Snus has a “Modified Risk Tobacco Product” designation from from Food and Drug Administration and arguing that ZYN doesn’t even contain tobacco, just pharmaceutical grade nicotine.

Now, three lawmakers behind SB 793 (Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo; Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Santa Rosa; and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento) are firing back at Swedish Match, sending a letter of complaint to the FDA asking the company to immediately cease and desist from making “illegal cessation claims” about their products.

“There is absolutely no reason to exempt Swedish Match snus and ZYN from SB 793,” Hill said in a statement. “The company has neither sought nor obtained FDA approval to market these products for cessation. To state otherwise, or even imply it, is misleading and illegal.”