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Last updated: September 17th 2019

Health Warnings/Messages Features

Type of product: Smoked Tobacco Product
Type of Warnings / Messages Required
Text Warnings/Messages
Location and Size of Warnings / Messages on Unit Packaging
30% of front, 30% of back
Rotation Required
Not Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
1
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

The law prescribes one text-only warning that is required on the front and back of “packages, cases or packs.”  The warning must cover at least 30% of the main surfaces, but “should cover” 50% or more of the main surfaces. The warning reads: “Tobacco is seriously harmful to your health.”

The regulations meet the minimum requirements of FCTC Art. 11 in that the warnings occupy at least 30% of the two principal display areas of the package.

However, to fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law should require warnings be composed of pictures and text, include a variety of messages to be displayed at any given time, and require that the warnings rotate on a regular basis.  In addition, the law should expressly require the warnings to appear on at least 50% of each principal display area.

Type of product: Smokeless Tobacco Products
Type of Warnings / Messages Required
Text Warnings/Messages
Location and Size of Warnings / Messages on Unit Packaging
30% of front, 30% of back
Rotation Required
Not Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
1
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

The law prescribes one text-only warning that is required on the front and back of “packages, cases or packs.”  The warning must cover at least 30% of the main surfaces, but “should cover” 50% or more of the main surfaces. The warning reads: “Tobacco is seriously harmful to your health.”

The regulations meet the minimum requirements of FCTC Art. 11 in that the warnings occupy at least 30% of the two principal display areas of the package.

However, to fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law should require warnings be composed of pictures and text, include a variety of messages to be displayed at any given time, and require that the warnings rotate on a regular basis.  In addition, the law should expressly require the warnings to appear on at least 50% of each principal display area.