Control under the Tobacco and Medicines Act

Health inspectorates monitor local compliance with tobacco and other tobacco product sales, restrictions and smoking bans.

Smoking restrictions aim to protect the population from the health effects of tobacco smoke. The central premise of the Tobacco Act is that no one should be unwillingly exposed to tobacco smoke, with the ultimate aim of ending the use of tobacco products and similar substances containing toxic substances.

The retail sale of tobacco products and nicotine liquids and nicotine replacement products is subject to authorisation. The Health Inspectorate issues retail licences for these products in its area of competence.