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Swedish convenience stores to stub out sale of cigarettes

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Swedish convenience stores to stub out sale of cigarettes
Pressbyrån and 7-Eleven both plan to phase out the sale of cigarettes. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/Scanpix

Sweden's two most well-known convenience store chains, Pressbyrån and 7-Eleven, plan to completely remove cigarettes from their shelves in the long run.

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Reitan Convenience, the company that owns the chains, is set to phase out their sale of cigarettes and ultimately stop selling them, it said in a press statement.

"The risks of smoking tobacco are well known, both when it comes to health risks but also the impact on the environment and labour conditions in the production chain. We're also seeing that some countries are introducing various forms of bans on smoking, for example progressive age bans," Reitan's CEO for the Swedish market, Anna Wallenberg, told Swedish news agency TT.

The UK and New Zealand have both spoken of introducing laws to ban young people from buying tobacco.

Just over half of the chains' tobacco sales today comes from cigarettes, and the rest is made up of other nicotine and smoke-free products as well as snus, Sweden's moist tobacco pouches which may be part of the reason why the use of cigarettes is dropping in Sweden.

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Reitan Convenience also said it aims to phase out the sale of products containing palm oil, a controversial oil criticised by environmental and human rights groups for causing deforestation and human rights violations in the tropics where the palms are grown.

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