Health Warnings/Messages Features
Currently, the requirements under Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Notice of April 21, 2009 are in effect. This notice requires that tobacco product packaging display one text message covering 30% of the front of the pack ("Smoking Kills") and another text message covering 30% of the back of the pack ("Smoking Seriously Harms You and Others Around You").
The current requirements meet the minimum size requirements of FCTC Art. 11 (30%). However, to fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, health warnings should occupy at least 50% of the front and back of the package and include both text messages and pictures.
The Tobacco Control Act, 2016, once fully implemented, will require that tobacco product packaging display combined picture and text health warnings and messages occupying no less than 75% of the principal display areas (front and back) of the product. While health warnings meeting these requirements were originally going to be required beginning January 6, 2021, the implementation date was delayed to September 6, 2021.
The new requirements under the Tobacco Control Act will meet FCTC Art. 11 and align with the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to the size and content (pictures and text) of health warnings.
Section 16(2) of the Tobacco Control Act prohibits the import, manufacture, distribution, possession, sale, and offer for sale of smokeless tobacco products.