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Last updated: October 14th 2021

Action Required for Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship Not Banned

Disclosure to the government by the tobacco industry of information on advertising, promotion and sponsorship activities and expenditures

Not Required
Analysis:

FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines para. 41 provides that Parties require disclosure by the tobacco industry to relevant governmental authorities of any advertising, promotion and sponsorship in which it engages. The law does not require such disclosure. Although most forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship are prohibited, the law should require disclosure of industry information on activities and expenditures of these remaining forms in order for the government to monitor these activities.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should require that the tobacco industry gives information to the government on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship activities and expenditures.

Health warning messages required on permitted forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship

Not Required
Analysis:

There is a general ban on nearly forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship are prohibited. However, health warnings are not required on those limited forms still permitted, such as for “marketing in publications which are printed and published outside the EU and are not principally intended for the EU market and whose main purpose is not the marketing of a tobacco product, tobacco substitute, smoking accessory, tobacco imitation, electronic cigarette or nicotine-containing liquid.”

FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines para. 40 provides that Parties should consider requiring that health warnings be given at least equal prominence to the advertising, promotion or sponsorship. To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should require that health warnings accompany all permitted forms of tobacco advertising and promotion and that the health warnings be of equal prominence to the advertisement.

Disclosed information readily available to the public

Not Required
Analysis:

The law does not require disclosure of information on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship by the tobacco industry; therefore, the law does not require that such information be made readily available to the public.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should require disclosure by the tobacco industry to government of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship activities and expenditures, and require the government to make this information readily available to the public.