Some Finnish vaping facts
Though Finland has an anti-tobacco policy and aims to become smoke-free by 2030, which has resulted in strict tobacco and e-cig regulations, the vapour market is seeing light growth. This is mainly due to growth in the vaping population and an increase in e-liquid prices.
E-cigarettes containing nicotine were legalised in Finland in May 2016 with the transposition of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) (2014/40/EU) and treated thereafter in a very similar way to tobacco products. Previously e-cigarettes with nicotine were considered medical products that could only be sold with a licence issued in accordance with the Finnish Medicines Act.
E-cigs and nicotine-containing e-liquid are defined in the Tobacco Act. The explanatory memorandum of the Tobacco Act clarifies that the aim of this legislation is to end the use of tobacco and other nicotine-containing products. These measures are intended to prevent people from taking up tobacco-related products and to avoid nicotine addiction.
The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health confirmed to ECigIntelligence that the government is planning a new proposal on the development of the tobacco and nicotine policy to be adopted in autumn 2021. The extent of the proposal will be available when it is circulated for comments during spring 2021.