HC Deb 10 June 2003 vol 406 c831W
Chris Grayling

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the sale of chewing tobacco. [116887]

Ms Blears

The Department of Health's policy aims to reduce tobacco consumption in any form. Chewing tobacco is a legal tobacco product, though it is not as widely available as other forms of tobacco and is popular among some ethnic communities. The national health service offers support through its Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 0 169, its Asian helplines and smoking cessation services across the country for those who wish to quit.

In common with all other tobacco products, chewing tobacco is required to be labelled under the Tobacco Products (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale) (Safety) Regulations 2002, which require health warnings to be displayed. On chewing tobacco products, this warning reads "This tobacco product can damage your health and is addictive."