Sweden

Sweden's restaurants, bars, pubs, and cafes went mostly smokefree on June 1, 2005. The law unfortunately allows for smoking rooms, so workers in these establishments do not have occupational health protection from secondhand smoke.

Swedes are overwhelmingly supportive of smokefree indoor air. Even before the law took effect, opinion polls showed that 85% of respondents said they would eat-out more often or as often once restaurants went smokefree, and 77% of respondents said they were in favor of smokefree bars.

Sweden is be a smokefree travel destination. Read more about Sweden's Smokefree law from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

To learn more about tobacco control efforts in Sweden, visit the TobaksFakta web site, run by the Swedish National Institute of Public Health. Translation into English available on bottom far right of website.

Smokefree News

Swedish town bans smoking in hookah parlors
UPI.com - December 28, 2013

Officials in Sodertalje, Sweden, have banned six hookah parlors from ... The ban was imposed by the municipal environment committee in Sodertalje, ...

Carlsson, N.; Johansson, A.; Abrahamsson, A.; Andersson Gare, B., "How to minimize children's environmental tobacco smoke exposure: an intervention in a clinical setting in high risk areas," BMC Pediatrics 13(76), May 15, 2013.

When is an exemption not an exemption? When the EU Commission says so
Tobacco Reporter - April 2, 2013

The health and consumer affairs commissioner, Tonio Borg, recently told the European Parliament that the Swedish exemption as set out in its accession treaty related only to the placing on the market of oral tobacco. ...

Sweden eyes smoking ban in parks and cars
The Local.se - March 12, 2013

Smoking in Sweden is already banned in bars, schools, hospitals, buses, trains, ... Spain, and parts of Australia already enforcing smoking bans in public parks.

Crystal Castles - Alice Glass Breaks Swedish Smoking Ban
Contactmusic.com - March 5, 2013

Crystal Castles frontwoman Alice Glass has risked a fine from officials in Sweden by smoking onstage during a concert in the country. …

Sweden mulls ban on smoking outdoors
The Local.se - March 15, 2012

The Swedish government is looking at extending a current ban on smoking to ... Since 2005, smoking in pubs and restaurants has been banned in Sweden. …

Swedish city eyes far-reaching smoking ban
UPI.com - August 26, 2011

26 (UPI) -- Authorities in a Swedish city say they are considering a smoking ban for city employees during working hours, even if they are working from home ...

Stockholm smokers hit with ban
The Local - August 27, 2009

Stockholm city employees will be ordered to stub out their cigarettes at work from May 1st next year as the city is the latest Swedish municipality to announce a ban. ...

Woman affirmed right to smoke in own garden
The Local - August 7, 2009

On Friday, the the Environmental High Court made a final ruling that the woman may light up as much as she wants to in her own garden.

In its decision, the court said that the neighbour had been been unable to prove that the woman's smoke “poses such a significant threat to human health” that the environmental code would prescribe prohibiting the woman to smoke in the garden. ...

Most Swedes support ban on outdoor smoking
IceNews - June 22, 2009

A new survey by Synovate that was commissioned by the Swedish Network of Tobacco Prevention reveals that 73 percent of Swedes support a ban on smoking in ...

Swedes back al fresco smoking ban
The Local - June 1, 2009

73 percent of Swedes back a ban on smoking in outside dining areas of cafés and restaurants, according to a new poll by Synovate on commission from the Swedish Network of Tobacco Prevention published on Monday. ...

Welcome to smoke-free Sweden
SWEDEN.SE (Swedish Institute) (se), 2005-05-27

On June 1st 2005 restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs throughout Sweden open their doors to a breath of fresh air. A smoking ban is the latest step in the countryâ?(TM)s long-term efforts to combat the problems of tobacco consumption.