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Last updated: January 22nd 2020

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
10
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

One of ten text health warnings must cover 30% of the two principal display surface areas (front and back) and be placed on the lower half of each package. The law does not specify format and appears to allow manufacturers to choose any one of the ten text-only warnings. It also does not require equal distribution of the warnings, rotation of the warnings, or specify how frequently the Minister of Health must update the set of health warnings.

To align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law or regulations implementing the law should specify the format and rotation of the health messages. Ideally, the warnings should cover more than 50% of the principal display areas, be placed at the top of packages, and contain pictorial or graphic warnings. In addition, the law should mandate that the Minister of Health update or revise the set of health warnings within a set time period, ideally every 12 to 36 months. 

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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
4
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

One of four text-only health warnings must cover 30% of the two principal display surface areas (front and back) and be placed on the lower half of each package. The law does not specify format and appears to allow manufacturers to choose any one of the four text-only warnings. It also does not require equal distribution of the warnings, rotation of the warnings, or specify how frequently the Minister of Health must update the set of health warnings.

To align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law or regulations implementing the law should specify the format and rotation of the health messages. Ideally, the warnings should cover more than 50% of the principal display areas, be placed at the top of packages, and contain pictorial or graphic warnings. In addition, the law should mandate that the Minister of Health update or revise the set of health warnings within a set time period, ideally every 12 to 36 months. 

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