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Issues SwedenTobacco harms the health, the treasury, and the spirit of Sweden. Every year, more than 10400 of its people are killed bytobacco-caused disease. Still, more than 6000 children (10-14 years old) and 979000 adults (15+ years old) continue touse tobacco each day. Complacency in the face of the tobacco epidemic insulates the tobacco industry in Sweden andensures that tobacco's death toll will grow every year. Tobacco control advocates must reach out to other communitiesand resources to strengthen their efforts and create change.
Adult Smoking (15+ Y.O.)% using tobacco daily: 2015
20.4%Even though fewer men smoke onaverage in Sweden than on average invery high-HDI countries, there are stillmore than 471500 men who smokecigarettes each day, making it anongoing and dire public health threat.
20.8%More women smoke in Sweden than onaverage in very high-HDI countries.
Children Smoking (10-14 Y.O.)% using tobacco daily: 2015
0.89%Even though fewer boys smoke in Swedenthan on average in very high-HDIcountries, there are still more than 2100boys who smoke cigarettes each day,making it an ongoing and dire public healththreat.
1.83%Even though fewer girls smoke in Swedenthan on average in very high-HDIcountries, there are still more than 4100girls who smoke cigarettes each day,making it sign of an ongoing and dire publichealth threat.
Deaths% caused by tobacco: 2016
11.21%Even though fewer men die from tobaccoin Sweden than on average in very high-HDI countries, tobacco still kills 100 menevery week, necessitating action frompolicymakers.
11.1%More women die in Sweden than onaverage in very high-HDI countries.
The economic cost of smoking in Sweden amounts to38354 million Swedish kronas. This includes direct costsrelated to healthcare expenditures and indirect costsrelated to lost productivity due to early mortality andmorbidity.
Smokeless Tobacco% using tobacco daily: 2013
16% More people use smokeless tobacco inSweden than on average in very high-HDIcountries.
The combined revenues of the world's 6 largest tobaccocompanies in 2016 was more than USD 346 Billion, which isequal to 67% of the Gross National Income of Sweden. Theindustry is a powerful force that does not fear the actions ofsmaller nation-states because of their extensive resourcesand global market power. Larger economies and nationshave the opportunity to help the smaller allies face downthis threat.
There were less than1000 metric tons oftobacco produced inSweden in 2014. Tobaccogrowing is only a smallfraction of agriculture inSweden, with only lessthan 0.01% of agriculturalland devoted to tobaccocultivation.
Cigarette importsexceededcigarette exportsin Sweden in 2016,which hurt thecountry's tradebalance.
Solutions SwedenCurrent Policy in SwedenProtect from Smoke
All public places completely smoke-free isthe best practice
HealthCare Facilities Educational Facilities
Universities Government Facilities
Indoor Offices Restaurants
Pubs and Bars Public Transport
All Other Indoor PublicPlaces
Funds for SmokefreeEnforcement
70%of Retail Priceis Excise Tax
48.5%of Retail Priceis Excise Tax
Offer HelpNational quit line and both NRT and cessation-services cost-covered is the best practice
Quitting Resources NRT and/or some cessation services (at least one of which is cost-covered)
National Quitline Yes
Warn About the Dangers to Tobacco Users on Product PackagingA plain, standardized pack with a large health warning is the best practice
Type of Warning Label Graphic
Percent of Pack Covered 65%
Plain Packaging No
Warn About the Dangers to the Whole Population in a Media Campaign
Ran a National Anti-Tobacco Campaign in 2014 or 2016 No
Part Of A Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program n/a
Pre-Tested With The Target Audience n/a
Target Audience Research Was Conducted n/a
Aired On Television And/Or Radio n/a
Utilized Media Planning n/a
Earned Media/Public Relations Were Used To Promote The Campaign n/a
Process Evaluation Was Used To Assess Implementation n/a
Outcome Evaluation Was Used To Assess Effectiveness n/a
Enforce Bans on AdvertisingBan on all forms of direct and indirect advertising is the best practice
Number of DirectAd Bans
Number ofIndirect Ad Bans
Ad Ban CompliancePercent
• National TV and radio• International TV and radio• Local magazines andnewspapers• International magazinesand newspapers• Billboard and outdooradvertising• Advertising on internet
• Free distribution in mail or through other means• Promotional discounts• Appearance in TV and/or films: tobacco brands (product placement)