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Last updated: September 23rd 2021

Other Packaging and Labeling Requirements

Warning requirements on unit packaging and labeling (e.g., packs)

Yes
Analysis

The Technical Regulations for Tobacco Products (TR TC 035/2015) require that warnings be applied to each consumer package of smoked tobacco products. “Consumer packaging” is defined to include all packaging used in retail sale. Therefore, warnings are required on both unit and outside packaging and labeling.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 in this respect.

Warning/messages required on outside packaging and labeling (e.g., cartons)

Yes
Analysis

The Technical Regulations for Tobacco Products (TR TC 035/2015) require that warnings be applied to each consumer package of smoked tobacco products. “Consumer packaging” is defined to include all packaging used in retail sale. Therefore, warnings are required on both unit and outside packaging and labeling.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 in this respect.

Warning texts must be in the principal language(s) of the country

Yes
Analysis

The Technical Regulations for Tobacco Products (TR TC 035/2015) require that the warning text on the front side be in the official state language, and that the warning text on the back side be in Russian.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 with respect to requiring warning text in the principal language of the country.

A requirement that warnings or messages may not be placed where they may be permanently damaged or concealed when opening the pack

Yes
Analysis

The Technical Regulations for Tobacco Products (TR TC 035/2015) require that the information placed on smoked tobacco product packaging, including health warnings, not be placed in a way that would destroy the integrity of the information when opening the pack. In addition, the regulations require that if the health warning on the back side of the pack is destroyed by normal opening of the pack, the warning should be placed on the lower part of the display area.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to placing warnings so that they are not permanently damaged or concealed when opening the pack.

A requirement that tax stamps or other required markings may not be placed where they may conceal warnings or messages

Yes
Analysis

The Technical Regulations for Tobacco Products (TR TC 035/2015) require that the health warning on the front side of the pack not be covered by a stamp. While the requirement does not apply to the warning on the back side, the regulations state that if a warning is covered by a stamp, the warning should be placed on the lower part of the display area. Read together, these provisions are interpreted as requiring that tax stamps not be placed where they may cover the warnings.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to placing tax stamps or other required markings where they may not conceal warnings or messages.

A requirement to display qualitative (descriptive) constituents and emissions messages

Yes
Analysis

The Technical Regulations for Tobacco Products (TR TC 035/2015) require the following statement to occupy at least 17% of one side panel: “Contains systemic poisons, carcinogenic and mutagenic substances.”

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines in this respect.

Prohibition on the display of figures for emission yields (including tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide)

Yes
Analysis

The Technical Regulations for Tobacco Products (TR TC 035/2015) prohibit indicators of the tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide content from appearing on product packaging.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines in this respect.

Plain or standardized packaging

No
Analysis

Plain packaging of tobacco products is not required in Belarus. The FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines provide that Parties should consider adopting plain packaging measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colors, brand images, or other promotional information on packaging other than brand and product names displayed in a standard color and font style. Plain packaging aims to reduce the appeal of tobacco products, to increase the noticeability of health warnings, and to reduce the ability of the packaging of tobacco products to mislead consumers about the harmful effects of smoking.

Prohibition on misleading tobacco product packaging and labeling including terms, descriptors, trademarks, or figurative or other signs (e.g., logos, colors, brand images that directly create a false impression that a tobacco product is less harmful than other tobacco products)

Yes
Analysis

The Technical Regulations for Tobacco Products (TR TC 035/2015) prohibit misleading packaging and labeling, including the display of terms, descriptions, signs, symbols, or other designations that directly or indirectly create the false impression that a tobacco product is less harmful than other tobacco products.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 in this respect.