Why people in Sweden do not smoke – level 1

19-01-2024 15:00

Meet Morton. He is 20 years old. He lives in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. He does not smoke. He uses snus.

Snus is a small bag with tobacco. It is not for smoking. You put it under your lip. Sweden has very few smokers, only 5.6%. Nowadays, more people use snus than cigarettes. Snus is very popular among women. Some people use nicotine bags without tobacco. People say that snus is good. But doctors worry. They say that snus is a new addiction.

Morton says that snus helps him relax. People believe that snus is safer than cigarettes. Sweden has strict rules for smoking since the 1990s. These rules may make people smoke less.

Difficult words: tobacco (a plant which contains a chemical called nicotine), nicotine (a toxic colorless chemical), addiction (when you cannot stop using or doing something, such as alcohol, cigarettes, or food).

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