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Restrictions on smoking


The Swedish Government has decided to provide supplementary terms of reference tothe ongoing Inquiry on the implementation of the EU Tobacco Products Directive.
The inquiry is now to present proposals on how to restrict tobacco smoking and smoking of tobacco-related products in certain public places. The inquiry chair is also to examine the possibility of introducing a retail display ban on tobacco products and requirements on plain tobacco packaging.

The time available to the inquiry has been extended and it is now to report no later than 1 March 2016.

On 10 July 2014, the Swedish Government decided on committee terms of reference on the implementation of the EU Tobacco Products Directive.

The inquiry chair presented an interim report on 4 February 2015 containing the inquiry chair's conclusions on the adjustments needed to implement Directive 2014/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products and repealing Directive 2001/37/EC.

The government bill Public Health Objectives (Govt Bill 2002/03:35) adopted four interim objectives for reducing tobacco use that were to have been met by 2014. Despite a decline in tobacco use and trends moving in the right direction, the interim objectives were not met. To meet the Government's objective of reducing tobacco use and preventing minors from starting to use tobacco, broad preventive efforts are required.