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Last updated: July 24th 2018

Health Warnings/Messages Features
Type of product: Smoked Tobacco Products
Type of Warnings/Messages Required Pictures (Photos), Text Warnings/Messages
Location and Size of Warnings/Messages on Unit Packaging 40% of front, 40% of back, Side(s)
Rotation Required Required
Number of Warnings/Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time 5
Length of Rotation Period Specified - Two Years
Analysis

The regulations provide for text and pictorial health warnings and require the word, “Warning,” at the top of the photo in size 10 font or proportional to the packaging, and a description at the bottom of the photo.  Both wordings shall be in white on a black background.  The photos shall be printed in four prescribed colors and must be of a certain resolution.    

The regulations provide for five different health warnings.  These warnings must appear concurrently on each tobacco product variation that is required to bear health warnings with 20% of each variation bearing one of the warnings.

The regulations require imprinting a text and pictorial health warning clearly and prominently on the top of the front and back wide faces of rectangular shaped packaging.  For packaging with four faces of the same width (e.g., lipstick packs), the health warnings shall be on the front and back of the package.  The warnings must cover 40% of each of the main faces on which they are required.

For cylindrical packages and boxes that have identical width on all sides, the regulations require imprinting clearly and prominently two identical health warnings covering 40% of the surface area of the package.

According to the exemplar provided in the Annex to the regulations, cartons must bear five identical health warnings on the top and bottom of the package with measurements proportional to the size of the carton.

In addition to the warnings, the regulations require two descriptive health information statements to appear on the sides of the package. One of the sides must also display the levels of nicotine and tar.

No health warnings are required on products produced by tobacco companies that are not taxable companies/entrepreneurs and whose total production does not exceed 24 million sticks per year.  Further, no health warnings are required on klobot (dried corn husk) cigarettes, klembak menyan (aloeswood mixed benzene gum incense) cigarettes, and cigars packed individually.

The regulations meet FCTC Art. 11 because the health warnings occupy a minimum 30% of all principal display areas and are required to rotate.  To more fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the warnings should occupy 50% or more of principal display areas.

Law SourceArticle Number
Law No. 36 of 2009 Concerning Health Article 114View related litigation
Government Regulation of the Republic of Indonesia No. 109 of 2012 Concerning Materials that Contain Addictive Substances in Tobacco Products in the Interests of Health Articles 14, 15, 17
Regulation of the Minister of Health No. 28 of 2013 Concerning Health Warnings and Health Information on Tobacco Product Packaging Articles 3-9; Annex
Regulation of the Minister of Health No. 56 of 2017 Concerning Amendments to Regulation No. 28 of 2013 Concerning the Application of Health Warnings and Health Information to Tobacco Product Packaging
Type of product: Smokeless Tobacco Products
Type of Warnings/Messages Required Pictures (Photos), Text Warnings/Messages
Location and Size of Warnings/Messages on Unit Packaging 40% of front, 40% of back, Side(s)
Rotation Required Required
Number of Warnings/Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time 5
Length of Rotation Period Specified - Two Years
Analysis

Health warnings on smokeless tobacco products are not specifically addressed in the regulations.  Heath warnings, however, are required on most tobacco products which include smokeless items.

The regulations provide for text and pictorial health warnings and require the word, “Warning,” at the top of the photo in size 10 font or proportional to the packaging, and a description at the bottom of the photo.  Both wordings shall be in white on a black background.  The photos shall be printed in four prescribed colors and must be of a certain resolution.

The regulations provide for five different health warnings.  These warnings must appear concurrently on each tobacco product variation that is required to bear health warnings with 20% of each variation bearing one of the warnings.

The regulations require imprinting a text and pictorial health warning clearly and prominently on the top of the front and back wide faces of rectangular shaped packaging.  For packaging with four faces of the same width (e.g., lipstick packs), the health warnings shall be on the front and back of the package.  The warnings must cover 40% of the main faces on which they are required.   

For cylindrical packages and boxes that have identical width on all sides, the regulations require imprinting clearly and prominently two identical health warnings covering 40% of the package.

According to the exemplar provided in the Annex to the regulations, cartons must bear five identical health warnings on the top and bottom of the package with measurements proportional to the size of the carton.

In addition to the warnings, the regulations require two descriptive health information statements to appear on the sides of the package. One of the sides must also display the levels of nicotine and tar.

No health warnings are required on products produced by tobacco companies that are not taxable companies/entrepreneurs and whose total production does not exceed 24 million sticks per year. 

The regulations meet FCTC Art. 11 because the health warnings occupy a minimum 30% of all principal display areas and are required to rotate.  To more fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the warnings should occupy 50% or more of principal display areas. In addition, the contents of the warnings to appear on smokeless tobacco products should pertain to the health effects of smokeless tobacco.

Law SourceArticle Number
Government Regulation of the Republic of Indonesia No. 109 of 2012 Concerning Materials that Contain Addictive Substances in Tobacco Products in the Interests of Health Articles 14, 15, 17
Regulation of the Minister of Health No. 28 of 2013 Concerning Health Warnings and Health Information on Tobacco Product Packaging Articles 3-9, Annex
Regulation of the Minister of Health No. 56 of 2017 Concerning Amendments to Regulation No. 28 of 2013 Concerning the Application of Health Warnings and Health Information to Tobacco Product Packaging