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Last updated: October 14th 2021

Other Packaging and Labeling Requirements

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

Yes
Analysis

The law requires warnings on unit packaging and labeling.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 with respect to warning labels on unit packaging.

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

Yes
Analysis

The law requires warnings on outside packaging and labeling.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 with respect to warning labels on outside packaging.

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

Yes
Analysis

The law requires that warning text appears in both Finnish and Swedish.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 with respect to warning text appearing in the principal language of the country.

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

Yes
Analysis

The law requires that warning labels remain intact when opening the packaging. For packets with a flip-top lid, warning labels may be split when opening the packet, but only in a manner that ensures their graphical integrity and visibility.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines that warnings or messages may not be placed where they may be permanently damaged or concealed when opening the pack.

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

Yes
Analysis

The law requires that he warning labels may not be hidden and must be fully visible. This is interpreted as requiring tax stamps and other required markings from not being placed where they may conceal warnings or messages.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to a requirement that warnings and messages may not be placed where they may be concealed by tax stamps or other required markings.

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

Yes
Analysis

The law requires the following ‘informational message’ to be displayed on 50% of one side panel of product packaging: “Tobacco smoke contains over 70 substances known to cause cancer.”

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to qualitative constituent and emissions messages.

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

Yes
Analysis

The law prohibits any display of information about the nicotine, tar, or carbon monoxide content of tobacco products.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to the display of figures for emission yields on tobacco product packaging.

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 noticeability 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

The law prohibits any packaging and labeling that promotes the product or encourages its consumption by creating an erroneous impression about its characteristics, health effects, risks, or emissions, or suggests that the product is less harmful than others or aims to reduce the effect of some harmful components of smoke.

The law also prohibits any packaging or labeling that suggests that the product has vitalizing, energetic, healing, rejuvenating, natural or organic properties or that its use has other health or lifestyle benefits; has environmental advantages; or is fire safe or otherwise create an impression that the product is not dangerous or that it has a reduced fire risk compared to other similar products.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 with respect to prohibiting the use of terms, descriptors, and other signs that directly or indirectly create a false impression that a tobacco product is less harmful than other tobacco products.

Law Source, Section
Secs. 33(1), 33(3), 33(4), 33(5), 33(8)