Nicotine Gum Breaking Free of Monopoly?

A proposal was presented Thursday which, if adopted would shake the Swedish state pharmacy monopoly.

The government appointed investigator suggests that prescription-free nicotine drugs be made available everywhere tobacco is on sale. If the suggestion is adopted, up to 10 000 places such as restaurants, gas stations and supermarkets would be able to start selling nicotine gum. But in order to sell stop-smoking-aids, shops would be required to pay a fee.

The review continues and next year, the question on the table might be the possibility of selling over-the-counter pain killers outside the pharmacy monopoly.