The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 24 November 2020

Maximum emission levels for cigarettes

Those who manufacture or import cigarettes must provide information on the emission levels of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide. Each of these substances has a maximum emission level per cigarette.

Maximum emission levels

The emission levels from cigarettes placed on the Swedish market or manufactured in Sweden shall not be greater than:

  • 10 mg of tar per cigarette.
  • 1 mg of nicotine per cigarette.
  • 10 mg of carbon monoxide per cigarette.

Reporting and verification of emission levels

The emission levels of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide from cigarettes shall be submitted via EU-CEG at the same time as the reporting of ingredients.

The measurements of the submitted emission levels shall be verified by an approved laboratory.

If the rules are not followed

Cigarettes that emit more than the maximum emission levels may not be manufactured in Sweden, supplied to consumers on the Swedish market or exported to a country outside the EU.

The provisions on which this information is based

  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden's regulations on Emission Levels and Measurement Methods of Tar, Nicotine and Carbon Monoxide as well as Requirements for Laboratories when Verifying the Measurements, HSLF-FS 2016:43

You have always an obligation to know what the law requires. The information on this website is only intended to serve as an aid to you and does not replace what is stated in the law. There may also be other laws, or regulations from other authorities, that you need to be aware of. The Agency cannot guarantee that the information on this website is always up to date.