Waterpipes are not commonly used among adults and the use among young people mostly experimental in Finland.
Based on the Adolescent Health and Lifestyle Survey in 2019, 21 per cent of 18-year-old boys and 20 per cent of girls have used waterpipe at least once. Among 16-year-olds, the corresponding figures are 13 per cent of boys and 8 per cent of girls.
The Tobacco Act lists herbal products used in waterpipes as tobacco substitutes. The sales of tobacco substitutes to people under the age of 18 and the marketing of these products is prohibited. If tobacco is smoked in the waterpipe, the bans and restrictions governing cigarettes apply. Thus, the use of the waterpipe is prohibited in premises in which smoking is not allowed.
However, the ban on charactering flavors or aromas that is applied to tobacco products is not applied to the waterpipe. In order to make it more appealing, fruit flavors, herbs and flowers, among other things, are often added to the tobacco mixture.