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Last updated: September 17th 2019

Health Warnings/Messages Features

Type of product: Smoked Tobacco Product
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
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
5
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

Article 52 of Public Health Law No. 47 requires health warnings approved by Jordanian Standards and Metrology or the Ministry of Health to be displayed on all tobacco products produced, imported into, or sold in the country. JS 466/2012 (the implementing regulations) requires that the one authorized text-only health warning occupy 40% of the front of cigarette packs, placed length-wise down the long edge of the pack. One of four authorized picture-plus-text warnings must occupy 40% of the back of the pack, placed along the bottom edge. The warnings must be surrounded by a black border and printed on white background. The 40% calculation does not include the border. The law requires "regular" distribution of the four picture-plus-text warnings. The law does not specify the duration of this round of warnings.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 in that the health warnings are larger than the minimum 30% required by the FCTC and there is a picture warning on one side of the pack. However, to fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law and/or implementing regulations should require that the warnings occupy at least 50% of the principal display areas and that the picture warnings appear on all principal display areas. In addition, the law should require rotation of the warnings, by having multiple health warnings appearing concurrently or by setting a date after which the health warning content will change, or both, as specified in FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines para. 19.

Type of product: Smokeless Tobacco Products
Type of Warnings / Messages Required
Not Required
Location and Size of Warnings / Messages on Unit Packaging
Rotation Required
Not Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
0
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

Article 52 of Public Health Law No. 47 requires health warnings approved by Jordanian Standards and Metrology or the Ministry of Health to be places on all tobacco products produced, imported into, or sold in the country. However, Jordanian Standards and Metrology have issued health warnings for cigarettes only, not smokeless tobacco products. The Ministry of Health has likewise not issued warnings for smokeless tobacco products. Therefore, no warnings are currently required on smokeless tobacco products.

To meet FCTC Art. 11, Jordanian Standards and Metrology or the Ministry of Health should issue health warnings to be placed on all smokeless tobacco products. These warnings should be 50% or more of the principal display areas but shall be no less than 30% of the principal display areas. To fully align with the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the warnings should include pictures that appear on both principal display areas. In addition, the law should require rotation of the warnings, by having multiple health warnings appearing concurrently or by setting a date after which the health warning content will change, or both, as specified in FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines para. 19.

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