Last updated: April 15th 2020

Other Packaging and Labeling Requirements

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

Yes
Analysis

The law requires that a health warning message “appear on each pack and carton of a tobacco product.”

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 that a health warning message “appear on each pack and carton of a tobacco product.”

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

Health warnings must be in the state language of Georgia, and in the Abkhazian language when distributed in the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 with respect to warning text appearing in the principal languages 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 states that health warning messages may not be placed in such a manner that opening the package destroys or detaches the warning.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to warnings not being 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 states that health warning messages may not be covered by other printed information or images.

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

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

No
Analysis

The law does not require qualitative (descriptive) constituents and emissions messages to be displayed on tobacco product packaging.

To align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law should require the display of qualitative (descriptive) constituents and emissions messages.

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

Yes
Analysis

The law states that “[n]otations on emissions from tobacco products may be displayed on tobacco products according to the rules defined by the Government of Georgia until January 1, 2019.” This provision is interpreted as prohibiting the display of figures for emissions yields.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to the prohibition of figurative yields on tobacco product packaging.

Plain or standardized packaging

No
Analysis

Plain packaging of tobacco products is not currently required in Georgia. The law was amended in 2017 to require plain packaging; however, it has not been implemented. The government is required to issue normative acts to implement plain packaging by July 1, 2022, with plain packaging entering into force by December 31, 2022.

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 tobacco product packaging from including false or misleading information. The law specifically prohibits information that might, directly or indirectly, create a false impression of the product’s harmful substances or effects. This includes words, abbreviations, signs, images, charts, and number. The law bans the words “light”, “mild”, and “low tar” among others.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 with regard to misleading tobacco product packaging and labeling.