19.7% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 903,654 current smokers in Finland
Smoking in Finland
The overall smoking prevalence in Finland has been decreasing since 2006. 19.7% of the adult population in Finland are current smokers, down from 26% in 2006. This means there are now approximately 912,299 smokers in the country. 21% of men smoke and for women the figure is 18.3%.
The most recent data show there were 5,129 annual deaths from tobacco-smoking related diseases (approximately 1,500 women and 3,600 men). The annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking was 11.51% (women: 5.8%; and men: 13.9%).
Nicotine vapes (e-cigarettes) are legal in Finland and there are 38,300 vapers in the country, giving an adult vaping prevalence of 0.82%. There is a requirement to ensure vape packaging contains a health warning, and they can only be sold to those 18 and older. Vaping devices can be purchased without a prescription but there are legal restrictions on their use in public places.
There is no specific law on heated tobacco products and the situation is quite complicated for snus. While it is illegal to import snus for trade or buy the product online, it is possible to import it for personal use.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can be marketed and it is available to buy in many general shops without a prescription. The NRT market in Finland is worth €88.7 million.
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5,129 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Finland.
Market size of NRT.
Estimated NRT market size is 88.7 million €.
Heated Tobacco Products
Heated tobacco products are not regulated in Finland.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
Finland abides by the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) (2014). In Finland, e-cigarettes are classified as tobacco related products and are regulated by the Tobacco Act 2016 (non-nicotine single use e-cigarettes are classified as tobacco substitutes). Nicotine products (i.e. nicotine replacement therapy - NRT) used in smoking cessation have to be approved by the Finnish Medicines Agency, and these are classified as medicines; no e-cigarettes have been approved as medicines to date. The use of e-cigarettes is prohibited where smoking is prohibited, including in vehicles where minors under 15 years are present. There is a total advertising ban. Internet and cross-border sales of e-cigarettes are illegal. Only tobacco flavoured and unflavoured fluid is allowed for sale; candy or fruit flavours are prohibited. A tax on e-cigarette liquid of €0.30 per ml (€3.00 per standard bottle) was introduced on 1st January 2017, and applies to 'nicotine free' as well as nicotine-containing fluids.
Snus is banned. Snus is legal to use.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Estimated NRT market size is 88.7 million €. In Finland is legal to purchase nicotine without prescription to using NRT. Advertising NRT is allowed. You can buy NRT in many general shops without a prescription.