Health Warnings/Messages Features
On cigarette packages, the required text and picture must occupy 60% of the front (in French), 70% of the back (in English), and 65% of the sides (in English on one side and French on the other side).
One of the required eight messages with picture must appear on each package in English and French. It is unclear from the regulations how the eight health warnings are rotated or how frequently they are updated.
On cigars and pipe tobacco, one health warning is required to be displayed in both English and French. Ten-point font is required, but no percentage of the box is specified. The position on the package is not specified.
To align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the Public Health Regulations should require that the warning on cigars and pipe tobacco occupy 50% or more, but no less than 30%, of the principal display areas. In addition, for all tobacco products, the Public Health Regulations should specify rotation requirements, with updating of messages every 12 – 36 months.
The Public Health Regulations of 2008 do not require health warnings on smokeless tobacco products. The previous regulations – the Public Health Regulations of 1999 – prohibited the import of snus and chewing tobacco. This provision does not appear in the Public Health Regulations 2008. Although snus and chewing tobacco are not yet available in Mauritius, the law should be amended to either a) reintroduce the prohibition on importation of snus and chewing tobacco, or b) require health warnings on smokeless tobacco products, in accordance with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines.