Snus, smokeless tobacco

The most common smokeless tobacco used in Finland is the  Swedish moist snus.

Snus may not be imported, sold or handed over but, nevertheless, it has over the last years become increasingly popular, especially among young people.

In 2020 daily use of snus was 6.6 per cent in 20–64-year-old men, among women of the same age 0.6 per cent.  Most common daily use of snus is among men of 20-34 years old.

Daily use of snus is most common among boys studying in vocational schools, 20 per cent of whom used snus daily  in 2019. In 2010–2011, the figure was 5 per cent. In secondary schools, the figure was 8 per cent. The use of snus among girls remains quite rare, but it is also showing a slight increase: approximately 6 per cent of girls attending vocational school use snus daily. 8 per cent of boys  and two per cent of girls attending comprehensive school use snus daily.

Import and use restrictions

With the exception of Sweden, the production and import of snus is prohibited in all member states of the European Union. According to the Finnish Tobacco Act, a private person may import up to 1,000 g of smoke-free tobacco products (snus, snuff, chewing tobacco) during one day.  A person under the age of 18 may not import tobacco products or nicotine liquids. Importing snus for another person is prohibited, regardless of whether or not this person pays for the snus.

Smokeless tobacco products may not be used in the indoor or outdoor areas of day-care centres or facilities providing pre-primary, comprehensive, vocational or secondary school education.

Smoking bans at workplaces laid down in the Tobacco Act do not apply to snus. However, the employer has the power to decide on the practices used at the workplace.