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Last updated: March 12th 2021

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
70% of front, 70% of back, Side(s)
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
2
Length of Rotation Period
Specified - two years
Analysis

Combined pictorial and text health warnings are required on at least 70% of the front and back surfaces of tobacco product packs and cartons. The Minister of Health has prescribed two warnings in the current series to be displayed simultaneously, appearing on an equal number of packages during the rotation period. Each series of warnings is to be displayed for a period of two years, with a four month transition period during which two series can be displayed.

In addition, the following warning is required to appear on one side panel: "Quitting Smoking Is Possible".

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 and aligns with the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to size, format, location, and rotation.

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
70% of front, 70% of back, Side(s)
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
Uncertain
Length of Rotation Period
Uncertain
Analysis

Combined pictorial and text health warnings are required on at least 70% of the front and back surfaces of tobacco product packs and cartons. The Minister of Health has prescribed two warnings in the current series to be displayed simultaneously, appearing on an equal number of packages during the rotation period. Each series of warnings is to be displayed for a period of two years, with a four month transition period during which two series can be displayed.

In addition, the following warning is required to appear on one side panel: "Quitting Smoking Is Possible".

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 and aligns with the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to size, format, location, and rotation. To more fully align, the content of the health warnings for smokeless tobacco products should address the specific dangers of smokeless tobacco.