Tobacco Act

The objective of the Tobacco Act is to end the use of tobacco and other nicotine products by the year 2030. Here is a brief overview of the Act of 2016.

Unit packets must carry health warnings with pictures

Tobacco packets must carry health warnings including text and pictures that cover at least 65 per cent of the front and back surface of the packet. Electronic cigarettes must also carry health warnings, albeit different than those on tobacco packets.

Prohibiting characterising flavours or aromas

Cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco may not contain additives or flavourings in such a content that will render the product any other taste or smell than that of tobacco. Menthol is prohibited following a transition period in 2020. Characterising flavours and certain additives (such as vitamins and stimulants) are also prohibited in liquids intended for vaporisation.

Electronic cigarettes are comparable to other tobacco products

The same regulations are applied to electronic cigarettes as to the other tobacco products. For example, both the buyer and the seller must be 18 years of age or older, sales are subject to a licence, electronic cigarettes may not be marketed, the products may not be displayed at sales outlets and their consumption is forbidden in the same places as smoking.

The import restriction for snus, smokeless tobacco is one kilo

A private person may import no more than 1,000 g of smoke-free tobacco products (snus, snuff, chewing tobacco) during one day.

Import restrictions

A Finnish resident must be away from Finland for at least 24 hours in order to be allowed to import tobacco products or nicotine liquids into Finland from countries outside the European Economic Area, EEA. The regulation does not apply to air traffic. The online sales and other distance selling of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes is prohibited.

Restricting smoking on the balcony

With certain requirements, housing corporations may impose a ban forbidding or restricting smoking on balconies of individual apartments.

Smoking in vehicles

Smoking is prohibited in private vehicles with anyone under the age of 15 present in the vehicle.

Towards a tobacco-free future

In 1976, an act on measures to reduce smoking was passed.

In 1977, the Tobacco Act came into force on 1 March.

In 1978, the marketing of tobacco products was prohibited. At the same time, warning labels of the hazards of smoking were added to packaging.

In 1995, workplaces were included in the Tobacco Act. Smoking is only allowed if cigarette smoke is not spread to spaces where smoking is prohibited. Restaurants were left outside of the Act. The age limit of purchasing tobacco products was raised from 16 to 18 years of age.

In 2007, restaurants became smoke-free (transition period until 2009). Smoking cabins with separate ventilation could be constructed.

In 2010, the objective of ending the use of tobacco products in Finland by  2040 was set.

In 2012, retailers were prohibited from displaying tobacco products.

In 2016, the Tobacco Act was updated as a whole. The new objective of the Tobacco Act is to end the use of tobacco and other nicotine products by 2030.