The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Published 22 May 2018

The Tobacco Act and other supervisory authorities

The Public Health Agency of Sweden is the main supervisory authority in Sweden regarding the Tobacco Act (1993:581), the Tobacco Decree (2016:354) and the rules issued by the Agency in accordance with the Tobacco Act and the Tobacco Decree.

The Tobacco Act and the Tobacco Decree

Rules regarding tobacco products are mainly regulated in the Tobacco Act, the Tobacco Decree and the rules issued in accordance to the Tobacco Act and the Tobacco Decree. Some tobacco regulations are regulated in other acts such as the Act (1994:1563) on Tobacco Tax and the Food Act (2006:804).

There are no official translations of the Tobacco Act (1993:581), the Tobacco Decree (2016:354) or the issued rules into English or any other language.

Links to regulations, in Swedish:

Tobacco Act (1993:581)

Tobacco Decree (2016:354)

The Public Health Agency of Sweden issued rules

Fees for tobacco products

The Public Health Agency of Sweden's Regulations on charges for tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2018:5)

The Public Health Agency of Sweden decided on new regulations on 1 March 2018. These regulations include provisions about when and how a charge for tobacco products should be paid.

These regulations entered into force on 26 March 2018.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden levies charges for tobacco products

The Public Health Agency of Sweden levies charges for the information that you, as a manufacturer or importer of tobacco products, report to us via the EU web portal, EU-CEG. This information relates to ingredients in tobacco products that you intend to make available to consumers in Sweden.

The obligation to pay charges for tobacco products applies to the reports made from and including 1 August 2017.

Those providing information about tobacco products must pay a charge for each brand and type:

  • the first time that information is provided to the Public Health Agency of Sweden
  • at the time of the annual reporting of market surveys, studies, etc., conducted for the Public Health Agency of Sweden
  • if the composition of a reported product is modified in a way that affects the previously provided information.

How charges are paid

The Public Health Agency of Sweden will send payment instructions indicating: how much you should pay; the account to which payment should be made; and also the deadline by which payment must be received by the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

We obtain contact details for manufacturers and importers, as well as information about what goods and products have been notified, from EU-CEG. It is therefore important for the information in EU-CEG to be complete and correct, including contact details for email and postal addresses.

How much is the charge?

The charge for reporting tobacco products is:

  • SEK 21,200 for cigarettes
  • SEK 17,200 for roll-your-own tobacco
  • SEK 13,200 for tobacco for oral use
  • SEK 13,600 for tobacco products that are not cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and tobacco for oral use.

The charge for the annual reporting of tobacco products is:

  • SEK 23,000 for cigarettes
  • SEK 21,500 for roll-your-own tobacco
  • SEK 900 for tobacco for oral use
  • SEK 2,700 for tobacco products that are not cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and tobacco for oral use.

Which rules govern these charges?

The right for the Public Health Agency of Sweden to levy a charge for tobacco products is laid down in Section 19 b, second paragraph of the Tobacco Act (1993:581) and Section 7 of the Tobacco Decree (2006:354).
The amount of the charges is indicated by Sections 8 and 9 of the Tobacco Decree (2006:354).

The Public Health Agency of Sweden's Regulations on implementation of the provisions on charges for tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2018:5) indicate how these charges are levied.

Personal data

See Processing of personal data for information about how the Public Health Agency of Sweden processes personal data.

Do you have any questions?

Contact us on tobakstillsyn@folkhalsomyndigheten.se if you have any questions relating to charges.

Recalled tobacco products

A tobacco product that is recalled might be affected by the yearly reporting fee if the reporting is registered by 1 August 2017 or after.

Other supervisory authorities on national level

The Consumer Ombudsman

The Consumer Ombudsman, The Swedish Consumer Agency, is the supervisory authority regarding marketing, 14-14 b §§ Tobacco Act (1993:581).
The Consumer Ombudsman

The Swedish Work Environment Authority

The Swedish Work Environment Authority is the supervisory authority regarding premises and other facilities, that is only franchised for staff, referred to in 2 §, and premises and other facilities in which 8 § will be applied, Tobacco Act (1993:581).
The Swedish Work Environment Authority

Supervisory authority on related acts

The Swedish Tax Agency (Act (1994:1563) on Tobacco Tax)

The Swedish Tax Agency is the supervisory authority regarding the Act (1994:1563) on Tobacco Tax. Among other things this act regulates tax stamps, price marks etc. on unit packet of cigarettes. If you have any questions regarding tax issues, please contact the Swedish Tax Agency.

The Swedish Tax Agency

The National Food Agency (Food Act (2006:804))

The National Food Agency is the supervisory authority regarding the Food Act (2006:804). Among other things this act regulates chewing tobacco and tobacco for oral use as food. The National Food Agency has issued rules regarding chewing tobacco and tobacco for oral use, LIVSFS 2012:6. If you have any questions regarding this act or the issued rules, please contact the National Food Agency.

The National Food Agency