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Last updated: September 17th 2019

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
30% of front, 40% of back
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
16
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

One of two authorized text-only warnings must occupy 30% of the most visible principal display area (front of package). One of 14 authorized text warnings must occupy 40% of the other principal display area (back of package). The front and back warnings must be rotated “so that they regularly appear on the packages.” The law does not specify how frequently the warnings are to be updated.

The warnings must be surrounded by a black border 3mm to 4mm in width, be printed in black type on a white background, and be placed parallel to the top edge of the package. The words “The EU Health Minister” must precede the warnings and be placed outside the border.

For packages of smoked tobacco products other than cigarettes on which the most visible side is larger than 75 cm2, the warnings must cover an area of at least 22.5 cm2 on each broadside.

The law meets the minimum requirements of FCTC Art. 11 with regard to size. However, to more fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law should require warning that occupy at least 50% of principal display areas and contain pictures as well as text. In addition, the law should specify that the health warnings 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
30% of front
Rotation Required
Not Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
1
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

Smokeless tobacco product packages must contain the warning “This tobacco product can harm your health and be addictive” on the most visible principal display area. The warning must occupy 30% of the most visible principal display area.

The warning must be surrounded by a black border 3mm to 4mm in width, be printed in black type on a white background, and be placed parallel to the top edge of the package. The words “The EU Health Minister” must precede the warning and be placed outside the border.

The law meets the minimum requirements of FCTC Art. 11 with regard to size. To more fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law should require multiple health warnings, to be rotated over time concurrently or updated over a specified time period. In addition, the law should require warning that occupy at least 50% of principal display areas and contain pictures as well as text.