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Higher fees for smokers

STOCKHOLM The insurance company Skandia in Sweden has from June 1 raised fees with up to 50 per cent for new customers who are daily smokers. The winners will be Skandia’s non-smoking customers.

”Sweden unique in fighting drugs”

ÖREBRO ”The world is closely following what Sweden is doing to combat drugs. You are unique with your united action and cultural policy against abuse.“ The former U.S. drugczar Robert DuPont delivered this tribute to the Swedish drug prevention struggle at a drugs convention in May.

Less Drug free treatment in Swedish prisons?

STOCKHOLM Collaboration between the Prison and probation service, the Centre of Drug dependence in Stockholm County and the social services, will be perpetuated in Stockholm. The question is now whether the Swedish prison system now is entering an era with more medical maintenance and less drug-free care.

Expections determine the outcome of Drug Policy

VIENNA We need to see more of successful examples in fighting drugs, writes Per Johansson, Secretary general National Association for a Drug-free Society, in this report from UN session Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Less dope in Stockholm restaurants

STOCKHOLM: There are less drugs at restaurants in Stockholm now than in 2001. According to a new report restaurant staff have been educated, toilets have been upgraded, lighting been improved and interaction with police and social services increased.

More prison places are needed in future

STOCKHOLM: Swedish law enforcement received 1,372 000 notifications of crime last year, an increase of 68 300 crimes or five per cent since the year before.

Weak Swedish currency raising alcohol prices

STOCKHOLM: A weak Swedish krona (SEK) leads to more expensive products for the consumers in the state alcohol retail monopoly – Systembolaget – from April 1st. It´s mainly the price of wine and spirits that will be affected.

Alcohol issue a priority in the Swedish EU presidency

STOCKHOLM The Swedish Government intends to give priority to the alcohol issue during it´s EU presidency. Advertising, young people and alcohol, harmful drinking and elderly consumption are some themes during top conferences next autumn.

EU-signals for a more restrictive alcohol policy

BRUSSELS “A part time victory for restrictive alcohol policy!“ says the Swedish member of the EU parliament, Mr. Olle Schmidt, about changes in a proposal about selective purchase tax within the union.