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Last updated: September 26th 2019

Other Packaging and Labeling Requirements

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

Yes
Analysis

Health warnings are required on all packs of tobacco products manufactured, imported, and sold in Chad. Therefore, the law meets FCTC Art. 11 with respect to these requirements on unit packaging and labeling.

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

Yes
Analysis

Health warnings are required on all cartons and any kind of outer packaging of tobacco products. Therefore, the law meets FCTC Art. 11 with respect to these requirements on outside packaging and labeling.

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

Yes
Analysis

Health warnings are required to be printed in French and Arabic, the principal languages of Chad. The law meets FCTC Art. 11 with respect to the language of health warning text.

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

No
Analysis

Administrative Order No. 039 requires that health warnings cannot be hidden or obscured by any other information or images. However, the order does not expressly prohibit placing warnings where they could be permanently damaged or concealed when opening the pack. To align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law should require that the prescribed health warnings are not placed where they may be damaged or concealed when opening the packaging.

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

Yes
Analysis

Administrative Order No. 039 requires that health warnings cannot be hidden or obscured by any other information or images. This is interpreted to include being hidden or obscured by tax stamps or other required markings. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to the placement of the warnings so as not to be concealed by tax stamps or other required markings.

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

No
Analysis

Administrative Order No. 039 does not require tobacco product packaging to display a qualitative constituents and emissions statement. To align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law should affirmatively require a qualitative statement about toxic elements such as nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide and should eliminate all yield figures.

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

No
Analysis

Administrative Order No. 039 neither prohibits nor requires the display of figures for emissions yields on packaging and labeling. To align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law should prohibit the display of all yield figures because such yield figures can give the false impression that products with lower numbers are less harmful.

Plain or standardized packaging

No
Analysis

Plain packaging of tobacco products is not required. 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 notice ability 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

Administrative Order No. 039 prohibits on tobacco product packaging and labeling misleading terms, descriptors, trademarks, or figurative or other signs (e.g., logos, colors, brand images) that directly or indirectly create a false impression that a tobacco product is less harmful than other tobacco products. The administrative order specifically lists the terms “low in tar,” “light,” “ultralight,” “mild,” “high end,” and “low end” and specifies that the ban covers terms and descriptors in any foreign language. The law meets FCTC Art. 11 regarding a prohibition on misleading tobacco product packaging and labeling.