At a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hearing this week to consider whether the smokeless tobacco known as “snus” is less harmful than cigarettes, government scientists questioned a proposal to modify cancer warning language on the product’s packaging.
The scientists also said they have concerns about how snus manufacturer Swedish Match studied its product, according to the Associated Press.
Swedish Match has requested that its General brand of snus be certified as “modified risk.” The company wants to be able to claim snus products are addictive but much less risky than smoking. Swedish Match wants to be able to remove one of the required health warning labels about oral cancer. The company has sold snus in the United States since 2007.