The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 25 November 2020

Prohibited additives in tobacco products (snus are exempted)

Some additives are prohibited in tobacco products. This regulation does not apply to snus. There are also additional restrictions regarding the content in components of cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco.

Prohibited additives in tobacco products

Tobacco products available on the Swedish market shall not contain the following additives:

  • Vitamins or other additives that create the impression that a tobacco product has a health benefit or presents reduced health risks.
  • Caffeine, taurine or other additives and stimulant compounds that are associated with energy and vitality.
  • Additives that have colouring properties for emissions.
  • Additives that facilitate inhalation or nicotine uptake, for tobacco products for smoking.
  • Additives that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic in unburnt form.

We can also prohibit a tobacco product if we make the assessment that it contains additives in quantities that increase the toxic or addictive effects, or the carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic properties of the tobacco product at the stage of consumption.

The rules above do not apply to snus. Additives in snus and chewing tobacco are also regulated in the issued rules from the Swedish Food Agency.

Additional prohibited additives in cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco

Cigarettes and roll-your-own-tobacco shall not contain flavourings in any of their components such as filters, papers, packages, capsules or any technical features allowing modification of the smell or taste of the cigarette and roll-your-own tobacco or their smoke intensity.

Filters, papers and capsules for cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco shall not contain tobacco or nicotine.

If the rules are not followed

Tobacco products that contain additives that are prohibited may not be provided to consumers on the Swedish market.

The provisions on which this information is based

  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden's regulations and general guidelines on Characterising Flavour in Cigarettes, Roll-Your-Own Tobacco and in any of their Components as well as Additives in Certain Tobacco Products, HSLF-FS 2016:42 (in Swedish)

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.