Health Warnings/Messages Features
As part of the Eurasian Economic Union, health warnings on smoked tobacco product packaging must comply with the Technical Regulations for Tobacco Products (TR TC 035/2015).
Picture and text health warnings are required to cover 50% of the front and back of tobacco product packaging. A total of 12 warnings have been approved for circulation. The 12 warnings must be applied to an equal number of packages.
The law meets FCTC Art. 11 with respect to health warning size, location, and rotation. To more fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law should require that health warnings or messages be updated every 12-36 months.
The law does not require health warnings on smokeless tobacco product packaging. Instead, the law requires that smokeless tobacco products include a leaflet within the package that includes health warnings about the dangers of tobacco consumption.
To align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law should require health warnings or messages on smokeless tobacco products that occupy at least 30% of the principal display areas, but preferably more than 50% of the principal display areas. The messages should include pictures or pictorial warnings are well as text. Warning text and messages should be updated at least every 12-36 months and warnings should be rotated.
The Eurasian Economic Union's Technical Regulations for Tobacco Products do not apply to smokeless tobacco products.