The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 28 June 2019


Between 2004 and 2016 daily smoking in Sweden decreased by approximately one-third among the population aged 16–84 years. Eight percent of men and eleven percent of women smoked daily in 2016.

Among youths the proportion of school pupils who report that they smoke has declined in school year 9 during the 2000s, while in year 2 of upper secondary school the proportion has fluctuated around a more constant level. However, over recent years there has been a decrease among girls in upper secondary school. During 2016, 8 percent of boys and 12 percent of girls in school year 9 smoked, while the proportion was 23 percent for boys and 26 percent for girls in year 2 of upper secondary school.

Despite this positive development, smoking still contributes to health inequalities in Sweden as some groups in society smoke more than others. According to the National Board of Health and Welfare, tobacco smoking causes about 100 000 cases of smoking-related diseases and 12 000 deaths per year.

Daily snuff use has decreased from 22 to 18 percent among 16–84-year-old men, but remained unchanged at approximately 3–4 percent among women.

Our mission

The Public Health Agency of Sweden is responsible for:

  • building and conveying knowledge within the tobacco area to relevant stakeholders
  • promoting coordination of the work within the tobacco area at the national level, and for monitoring
  • contributing to enforcement of tobacco legislation through, among other things, supervision and supervision guidance
  • coordinating and providing materials to the Swedish government in preparation for recurrent reports on tobacco to the EU and WHO.

We are also involved in the implementation of EU's Tobacco Products Directive.

Moreover, the Public Health Agency of Sweden allocates state funds to non-profit organisations working with tobacco prevention in Sweden.