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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
Uncertain
Rotation Required
Uncertain
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
0
Length of Rotation Period
Uncertain
Analysis

The law requires that all cigarette packaging contain "messages which alert the consumer to the harmful effects of tobacco." The law does not specify the size of or the surfaces on which the messages should be displayed. Nor does it provide the text of authorized messages. The number of messages and rotation of messages also is not addressed.

To meet FCTC Art. 11, the law must require that health messages occupy, at a minimum, 30% of the principal display areas of all tobacco product packaging (not just cigarettes). To more fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law preferably would require health warning messages that occupy at least 50% of tobacco product packaging, and preferably with accompanying pictures. In addition, the law should specify how these messages are rotated and/or the frequency with which they must be updated.

Type of product: Smokeless Tobacco Products
Type of Warnings / Messages Required
Not Required
Location and Size of Warnings / Messages on Unit Packaging
Rotation Required
Not Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
0
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

The law requires health warnings on cigarette packages only. It does not require health warnings on smokeless tobacco products.

To meet FCTC Art. 11, the law must require that health messages occupy, at a minimum, 30% of the principal display areas of all tobacco product packaging, including smokeless tobacco products. To more fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law preferably would require health warning messages that occupy at least 50% of tobacco product packaging, and preferably with accompanying pictures. In addition, the law should specify how these messages are rotated and/or the frequency with which they must be updated.