Last updated: November 12th 2021

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Banned
Analysis

The law stipulates that a unit pack of cigarettes must contain 20 sticks and the prohibits the sale of cigarettes in any smaller amounts. This is interpreted as prohibit the sale of single cigarette sticks.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 in that the law prohibits the sale of single cigarettes.

Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Some Restrictions
Analysis

The law restricts vending machine sales; age must be verified in vending machine sales.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 in that it prohibits vending machine sales to minors. To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit all vending machine sales of tobacco products as such sales are an inherent form of tobacco advertising and promotion

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit or restrict the sale of tobacco products through the internet; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting internet tobacco product sales.  The law does require tobacco product sellers to verify the age of recipients. Absent an explicit ban on the sale of tobacco products through the internet, however, this verification requirement is not interpreted as prohibiting internet tobacco product sales.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit internet tobacco product sales as internet sales are an inherent form of tobacco advertising and promotion.

Sale of smokeless tobacco products

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of smokeless tobacco products; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of smokeless tobacco products.

Sale of waterpipe tobacco products

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of waterpipe tobacco; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of waterpipe tobacco.

Location-based Sales Restrictions

Schools/educational facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in schools/educational facilities.

Playgrounds

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products on playgrounds.

Stadiums/arenas

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in stadiums/arenas.

Healthcare facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in healthcare facilities.

Cultural facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in cultural facilities.

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

Yes
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes in unit packs containing less than 20 cigarette sticks.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 with respect to the sale of small packets of cigarettes.

Minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package

Yes
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of snus in unit packages containing less than 20 portions. The law does not require a minimum weight per unit package of other smokeless tobacco products.

Minimum weight of roll-your-own tobacco per unit package

Yes
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of roll-your-own tobacco ("rolling tobacco") in unit packages weighing less than 30 grams.

Retail Licensing Requirements

Specific retail license required to sell tobacco products

Yes
Analysis

The law requires retail traders in tobacco products with a registered office or permanent business premises in Sweden to obtain a permit to sell tobacco products. Cross-border retail traders located outside Sweden and selling within Sweden must register in order to sell tobacco products.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 15 in that the law requires retailers to obtain a license or be approved by the government to sell tobacco products.