What is the purpose of the legislation of e-cigarettes and refill containers?
The purpose of the legislation of e-cigarettes and refill containers is to limit the health risks associated with the use of e-cigarettes and refill containers and their emissions.
What is an e-cigarette and a refill container?
An e-cigarette is a product that can be used for consumption of nicotine-containing vapour via a mouth piece, or any component of that product, including a cartridge, a tank and the device without cartridge or tank. E-cigarettes can be disposable or refillable by means of a refill container and a tank, or rechargeable with single use cartridges.
A refill container is a receptacle that contains a nicotine-containing liquid, which can be used to refill an e-cigarette.
Products that are not e-cigarettes or refill containers
The following products are not classified as e-cigarettes or refill containers according to the Act on Tobacco and Similar Products:
- E-cigarettes and refill containers classified as a narcotic drug or a substance harmful to health. These products are regulated by the Penal Law on Narcotics or the Prohibition of Certain Goods Dangerous to Health Act.
- Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is covered by the Penal Law on Narcotics.
- Medical products or medical devices that is covered by the Medicinal Products Act or Act with Supplementary Provisions to Regulations (EU) on Medical Devices.
The Swedish Medical Products Agency says that:
- Cannabidiol (CBD) is covered by the Medicinal Products Act.
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is covered by the Penal Law on Narcotics.
Swedish Medical Products Agency (lakemedelsverket.se)
Risk of poisoning
The nicotine-containing liquid in e-cigarettes and refill containers can lead to poisoning thru accidental consumption, or if the liquid comes into contact with the skin. This can be fatal – especially for children. Please contact the Swedish Poisons Information Centre in case of acute poisonings, and for advice about suitable treatment in cases of poisoning.
Acute poisonings and treatment in cases of poisoning (giftinformation.se)
In Sweden, it is prohibited to use e-cigarettes in certain indoor and outdoor environments, so-called smoke-free environments.
If the rules are not followed
Only e-cigarettes and refill containers that comply with the Act on Tobacco and Similar Products may be made available on the Swedish market. A regulatory authority can decide on injunction or prohibition, with or without a fine, if a non-compliant e-cigarette or refill container is made available on the Swedish market, or if the sale of e-cigarettes and refill containers is non-compliant with the regulation.
We also performs market surveillance regarding e-cigarettes and refill containers.
The regulations on which this information is based
You are obliged to comply with the laws and regulations concerning e-cigarettes and refill containers. It is therefore your own responsibility to acquire knowledge of these. 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.