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Last updated: September 26th 2017

Health Warnings/Messages Features

Type of product: Smoked Tobacco Product
Type of Warnings / Messages Required
Pictures (Photos), Text Warnings/Messages
Location and Size of Warnings / Messages on Unit Packaging
50% of front, 50% of back, Side(s)
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
12
Length of Rotation Period
Specified - 2 years
Analysis

Combined picture and text warnings are required on all tobacco products. Warnings must be displayed on 50% of each principal display area, which has a different instruction depending on the shape of the packaging. For example, on standard rectangular packages, the warnings must be placed on the lower portion of the two largest surface areas. A maximum of twelve warnings shall be rotated during a 24 month period. A side panel containing additional messages must be displayed on an area of not more than 30% of that side panel.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines. 

Type of product: Smokeless Tobacco Products
Type of Warnings / Messages Required
Text Warnings/Messages
Location and Size of Warnings / Messages on Unit Packaging
50% of front, 50% of back, Side(s)
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
12
Length of Rotation Period
Specified - 2 years
Analysis

Combined picture and text warnings are required on all tobacco products. Warnings must be displayed on 50% of each principal display area, which has a different instruction depending on the shape of the packaging. For example, on spherical containers, warnings must be placed on the two largest surfaces that are predominantly displayed. A maximum of twelve warnings shall be rotated during a 24 month period.  A side panel containing additional messages must be displayed on an area of not more than 30% of that side panel.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines.