Bård Hoksrud, Progress Party | Bård Hoksrud believes that banning the sale of smoke and odorants online is provocative, and accuses Health Minister Jan Christian Vestre of going behind Parliament's back.

Bård Hoksrud, Progress Party |  Bård Hoksrud believes that banning the sale of smoke and odorants online is provocative, and accuses Health Minister Jan Christian Vestre of going behind Parliament's back.

STORTING (Nettavisen): The government's new proposal causes reactions.

Health Minister John Christian Westray should be banned Online sales of smoke and snuff.

Last spring, Westray's predecessor, Ingvild Kerkol (AP), proposed the same thing. Then a majority in the Storting said no, but now the government is trying again.

Now they hope that a round of advisory input will persuade the Storting.

– Running jobs for the rich

Bård Hoksrud at FRP lets himself be irritated by Vestre.

– The health mafia works for Norway's rich. Not accepting competition in an honest way, grocers are running towards the government.

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He points out that if online snuff sales were banned, grocery giants would in effect gain a monopoly. Nettavisen wrote that assets are increasing for Rema 1000 and Norgesgruppen owners.

Nettavisen previously told about Snusbonden, a small company that produces all Norwegian snus on a plot of land in Trondheim.

If online sales are banned, they will have to try to get into grocery stores. Then they have to spend huge sums to get shelf space.

One of the arguments the government used to ban online sales was that snus was cheaper online than in grocery stores. Public Health Report Last year.

Rejects criticism

Carl Christian Bekeng, State Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Care (AP), categorically denies that the government is going behind the Storting's back by proposing a ban again.

– No, we don't. Any proposal to amend the statutes will be sent to the Storting and will be dealt with according to the usual procedure.

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– What do you want to achieve with this?

– We see that protecting children and young people is difficult. Effective age is difficult to control and now we are seeing an increase in sales.

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– What is the problem with age control today?

– There is a lot about that in the proposal submitted for consultation.

– People can't be expected to go in and read the whole plan. I ask again, what is the problem with age control today?

– I have to get back to it.

– How much will Rema-Reitan and Norgesgruppen gain by eliminating your online competitors?

– No, I don't know. That's why we send for advice.

– Nettavisen has previously written about Snusbonden in Trøndelag. They feared that if online sales were banned, there would be a catch in the door. What would you say to them?

– They should take the opportunity to provide input when there is an opportunity for consultation.

– They have already talked about this proposal several times. How many entries do you need?

– It is part of the normal legal process.

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– Are companies like Snusbonden at risk of job losses?

– Some of these programs go beyond online sales and beyond commercial and in-store sales.

– Should shopkeepers be allowed to continue as before? Will Snusbanden lose his job?

– I suggest they come forward with input.

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– Are you going to ask for input from the tobacco industry?

– The most important thing is the consideration for children and young people.

– I'll ask again. Are you going to ask for input from the tobacco industry?

– I can't go ahead with it, answered Bekeng.

– Sectarian rules

In the last round, the government got support from the KrF to ban online tobacco sales, but not from any other parties.

– We still have the same opinion as last time, Netavisen gets confirmation from Seher Aydar in ROAD, a party that got enough votes to give the government a majority.

– I am still against it, SV vice president Torgeir Knag has sent an SMS to Fylkesnes Nettavisen.

Hoksrud and the FRP are apparently against it.

– This is a perfect example of what happens when bigotry is allowed to rule.

He points to the government's argument that age restrictions are a problem, particularly in online sales. Hogsrud thinks it's nonsense because of the bank ID. He believes most of the sales in stores are to under-18s.

Hoksrud calls the government's prohibition policy a “healthcare mafia.” Netavisen asks what that means.

– Health officials and the government! Online sales of snuffs have created healthy competition, providing a better and more affordable offering for most Norwegians. Hogsrud says the winner is the Norwegian Snuffer.

– Jan Christian Vestre takes a cheek and doesn't care that they don't get a majority in the Storting for this policy. It really turns me on, he thunders.

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