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Sweden

Tobacco Control Policies

Sweden became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on October 5, 2005.
 
Smoke Free Places: Smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas in most workplaces and public places.  Smoking is also permitted in designated smoking areas on public transport. There are only limited outdoor smoking restrictions; namely, in outdoor areas of premises intended for childcare, school activities, or other activities for children or young people.  Sub-national jurisdictions may enact smoke free laws that are more stringent than the national law.
 
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: There is a nearly comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising and promotion. However, advertising and promotion is allowed at points of sale, provided it is not visible from outside the point of sale. Tobacco product displays are also allowed at points of sale. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship and the publicity of such sponsorship.
 
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Packaging of smoked tobacco products must carry combined text/picture health warnings occupying 65 percent of the front and back display areas. Warnings are required to rotate. Packaging of smokeless tobacco products must carry one text warning occupying 30 percent of the front and back display areas. Misleading packaging and labeling, which could include terms such as “light” and “low tar” and other signs, is prohibited.
 
Tobacco Taxation and Prices: The World Health Organization recommends raising tobacco excise taxes so that they account for at least 70 percent of retail prices. Tobacco excise taxes in Sweden are well below these recommendations.   
Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • No
  • Private offices
  • No
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • No
  • Public transport
  • No
  • Universities
  • No
  • Restaurants
  • No
  • Governmental facilities
  • No
  • Bars and pubs
  • No
  • Can subnational jurisdictions enact more stringent smoking restrictions?
  • Yes
Bans on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion, and Sponsorship
  • Domestic TV and radio
  • Yes
  • Promotional discounts
  • Yes
  • Domestic magazines and newspapers
  • Yes
  • Non-tobacco products or services with tobacco brand names
  • No
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Yes
  • Tobacco products with non-tobacco brand names
  • No
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • No
  • Paid placement in media
  • Yes
  • Retail product display
  • No
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • No
  • Internet advertising
  • No
  • Publicity of sponsorships
  • No
  • Free distribution
  • Yes
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • Yes
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • 14
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 65%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 65%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 65%
  • Health warnings on smokeless tobacco products
  • Yes
Tobacco Taxation and Price
  • PRICE OF MOST SOLD BRAND, PACK OF 20 CIGARETTES
  • TAXES ON MOST SOLD BRAND (% OF RETAIL PRICE)
  • In country currency
  • SEK
  • 65.00
  • Total taxes
  • 68%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 7.44
  • Total excise
  • 48%

Sources:

SF, APS, PL: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Legal Website. Available at: www.tobaccocontrollaws.org

Tax: WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2019. Available at: https://www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/en/

Last updated: September 18, 2019