Requirements on waterpipe tobacco

Waterpipe tobacco intended for consumers on the Swedish market must comply with the rules in the Act on Tobacco and Similar Products and other relevant legislation. For example the Act on Tobacco Tax.

What is waterpipe tobacco?

Waterpipe tobacco is a tobacco product that can be consumed via a waterpipe. Waterpipe tobacco is deemed to be a tobacco product for smoking. If a product can be used both via waterpipes and as roll-your-own tobacco, it shall be deemed to be roll-your-own tobacco.

There are different street names for waterpipe tobacco, some of the more common ones are hookah and shisha.

Requirements in the Act on Tobacco and Similar Products

Requirement in other legislation

In Sweden, there are requirements in other legislation than the Act on Tobacco and Similar Products that applies to waterpipe tobacco.

  • Act on Tobacco Tax. If you have questions about excise duty on tobacco that must be paid on tobacco goods manufactured in, imported into, or received in Sweden – either from another EU country or from a country outside the EU, please contact the Swedish Tax Agency.

Act (2022:155) on Tobacco Tax ( (in Swedish)

Excise duty on tobacco (

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