Tobacco in Finland

Finland has achieved remarkable progress in cutting smoking in the last decades. Quitting rates are persistent and, crucially, less young people start smoking at an early age than in the past.

Nevertheless progress is cross-cut by stubborn challenges: smoking among girls has risen to the same level as it is  among boys. Smoking remains a socio-economic problem, with higher levels of tobacco use among the poorest and less educated sections of the population.  

Successful steps

  • Comprehensive Tobacco Act in 1977
  • Total advertising ban on tobacco.
  • Smoking prohibited in workplaces, bars and restaurants.
  • Annual increase in the tax and price of tobacco products.
  • New Tobacco Act in 2016