Smoking prohibitions

The smoking prohibitions and restrictions of the Tobacco Act are intended to protect the population from the health hazards of second-hand smoke. 

Contact your municipality regarding smoking prohibitions and restrictions, as they have the primary responsibility for the monitoring thereof. 

Smoking means the use of tobacco products intended for consumption via a combustion process or other form of heating. The smoking prohibitions and restrictions of the Tobacco Act also apply to other herbal products for smoking and electronic cigarettes.

General smoking prohibitions

Smoking is prohibited in a building, vehicle, or other similar interior, which is accessible to the public or company employees, or intended for providing services to customers by businesses or public operators. Additionally, the prohibitions apply to outdoor canopies and grandstands, as well as other spaces intended for event viewing in which participants remain seated. 

Smoking is also prohibited on the grounds of day-cares, pre-schools, schools, vocational schools and high schools as well as at playgrounds that require a safety document in accordance with the Consumer Safety Act. Use of non-combustible tobacco products (i.e. snuff) is prohibited in the aforementioned areas. 

Furthermore, smoking is prohibited on the grounds of facilities that provide care for persons under 18 in accordance with the Child Protection Act or Mental Health Act, as well as on public beaches from the start of May to the end of September. Smoking is also prohibited inside private vehicles, when carrying a passenger under the age of 15. This prohibition does not apply to living spaces in vehicles.

Valvira has prepared separate guidelines on smoking prohibitions at public events, playgrounds and beaches. You will find the guidelines at the end of this page.

Smoking in housing corporations

Smoking is prohibited in public and shared spaces in housing corporations. Additionally, a housing corporation may prohibit smoking in outdoor areas that are owned by the corporation under its control. This right does not extend to outdoor areas under the control of the inhabitants, or to outdoor areas that are not in the corporation’s control. 

Municipalities impose smoking prohibitions at the application of the housing corporation 

A housing corporation can apply for the municipality to impose a smoking prohibition on the balconies as well as apartment outdoor and indoor areas at the corporation’s properties. The inhabitants of the areas stated in the application must be heard before it is submitted.

Contact your municipality first regarding housing corporation smoking bans.

The housing corporation (building owner) has the right to apply for a smoking ban for inhabitant-controlled spaces from the municipality. The municipality must impose a smoking prohibition for the spaces in the application, if it is possible, due to structural or other conditions, for smoke to be carried to other balconies, to an outdoor area that is part of another apartment, or into another apartment itself. Smoking prohibitions may be imposed on apartment interior areas upon meeting exceptional, stricter criteria.

The municipality must cancel a smoking prohibition it has imposed at the application of the housing corporation if the conditions have changed in a way to remove the grounds for it. A prohibition may also be cancelled at the application of the inhabitant if the housing corporation, despite material changes in the conditions, does not apply for a cancellation.

Further details and various guidelines on smoking prohibitions at housing corporations are available at the bottom of this page.