LANGUAGE
Last updated: August 3rd 2017

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
Side(s)
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
1
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

The law requires that tobacco product packages carry the following warning on one of their lateral sides: "Abuse is dangerous to your health." The text must be at least 2mm in height. The law does not contain a provision mandating a period within which the text must be updated. This warning has been in effect since 1999.

The law does not meet FCTC Art. 11 or align with the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines. To meet FCTC Art. 11 and align with the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, health warnings should be 50% or more of the principal display areas but must be no less than 30% of the principal display areas, and there must be multiple warnings that are rotated. In addition, warnings/messages should contain both text and pictures and warnings should be updated every 12-36 months.

Type of product: Smokeless Tobacco Products
Type of Warnings / Messages Required
Text Warnings/Messages
Location and Size of Warnings / Messages on Unit Packaging
Side(s)
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 requires that tobacco product packages carry the following warning on one of their lateral sides: "Abuse is dangerous to your health." The text must be at least 2mm in height. The law does not contain a provision mandating a period within which the text must be updated. This warning has been in effect since 1999.

The law does not meet FCTC Art. 11 or align with the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines. To meet FCTC Art. 11 and align with the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, health warnings should be 50% or more of the principal display areas but must be no less than 30% of the principal display areas, and there must be multiple warnings that are rotated. In addition, warnings/messages should contain both text and pictures and warnings should be updated every 12-36 months. In addition, the law should require health warnings that are specific to smokeless tobacco products.