New rules on tobacco and similar products proposed

Published: 12 December 2018 at 17.00

Updated: 12 December 2018 at 16.39

The smoking ban is to be extended to include certain public places outdoors and it will also apply to electronic cigarettes. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The Government has proposed that a new law be introduced on tobacco and similar products. Two older laws will at the same time be withdrawn. The Government has also presented several proposals intended to reduce health risks resulting from the use of tobacco. These include the introduction of permits for all those trading with tobacco, the extension of the current smoking ban to apply to certain public areas outdoors, the extension of the ban on smoking to include electronic cigarettes, and the fact that packages containing portions of oral tobacco will have to contain at least 20 portions and the rules concerning traceability and security features in the EU's Tobacco Products Directive are to be implemented in Sweden.

The Riksdag generally voted in favour of the Government's proposal. However, the Riksdag amended the Government proposal regarding what was stated concerning advertising and other marketing of tobacco so that the current system should remain as it is today. The Riksdag rejected the Government's proposal to prohibit self-service of tobacco products.

The Riksdag also amended the Government's proposal concerning when the new rules should come into force. The new rules will come into force on 1 July 2019. The provisions concerning traceability and security features will come into force on 20 May 2019.

The Riksdag also called on the Government to act on this by way of an announcement. The Government should come back to the Riksdag by 19 March 2019 at the latest with legislative proposals regarding marketing of tobacco products on the Internet.