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Last updated: September 25th 2017

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
75% of front, 75% of back, Side(s)
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
1
Length of Rotation Period
Specified - 12 months
Analysis

Beginning September 1, 2016, graphic health warnings are required to cover the top 75% of the front and back surfaces of tobacco product packaging. The Order of Printing Warning Images and Texts on the Packaging of Tobacco Products contains 10 images with corresponding text messages. Each health warning is to appear on packaging for 12 months before rotating to the next health warning in the series. Of the 75%, the image is to occupy 50% and the text message is to occupy 25%.

On the top of cigarette packages, the message "Smoking can severely harm your health" must be printed. On the left side of the package, the message "Cigarettes contain Nitrosamine, Benzopyrene and others which are the compounds that can cause cancer. Stop smoking." On the right side of the package, the message "Nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide contained in cigarettes can cause heart and lung failure. Stop smoking." must be printed.

Cigar and cheroot packages must display the warning "Smoking can cause you cancer. Stop smoking." on the sides (if square) or opposite surfaces (if cylindrical).

The law meets the requirements of FCTC Art. 11 and aligns with the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to location, size, 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
75% of front, 75% of back, Side(s)
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
1
Length of Rotation Period
Specified - 12 months
Analysis

Beginning September 1, 2016, graphic health warnings are required to cover the top 75% of the front and back surfaces of tobacco product packaging. The Order of Printing Warning Images and Texts on the Packaging of Tobacco Products contains 10 images with corresponding text messages. Each health warning is to appear on packaging for 12 months before rotating to the next health warning in the series. Of the 75%, the image is to occupy 50% and the text message is to occupy 25%.

On the upper side of packages, regardless of the shape of the package, the message "Consuming tobacco and tobacco-related products can lead to mouth cancer" must be printed.

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