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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, Uncertain
Location and Size of Warnings / Messages on Unit Packaging
50% of front, 60% of back
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
12
Length of Rotation Period
Specified (rotated as equal as possible across all tobacco products and all brands)
Analysis

Health warnings are comprised of text and pictures and must be displayed on 50% of the front and 60% of the back of packages and centered within those principal display areas. The text of the health warnings must occupy between 60% and 70% of the health warning display area. Tobacco product packaging must also contain the statement “This product contains nicotine, tar and other harmful chemicals.” Health warnings must be rotated as equal as possible across all tobacco products and all brands and “in any case on every successive 50 packages of each brand of the product” and randomly distributed in all areas within Namibia.

The health warnings came into effect on April 1, 2015 for wholesalers and on October 1, 2015 for retailers.

The regulations meet FCTC Art. 11 and align with the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to size, location, and rotation.

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Type of product: Smokeless Tobacco Products
Type of Warnings / Messages Required
Pictures (Photos), Text Warnings/Messages, Uncertain
Location and Size of Warnings / Messages on Unit Packaging
50% of front, 60% of back
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
12
Length of Rotation Period
Specified (rotated as equal as possible across all tobacco products and all brands)
Analysis

Health warnings are comprised of text and pictures and must be displayed on 50% of the front and 60% of the back of packages and centered within those principal display areas. The text of the health warnings must occupy between 60% and 70% of the health warning display area. Tobacco product packaging must also contain the statement “This product contains nicotine, tar and other harmful chemicals.” Health warnings must be rotated as equal as possible across all tobacco products and all brands and “in any case on every successive 50 packages of each brand of the product” and randomly distributed in all areas within Namibia.

The health warnings came into effect on April 1, 2015 for wholesalers and on October 1, 2015 for retailers.

The regulations meet FCTC Art. 11 and align with the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to size, location, and rotation. However, the health warnings prescribed only address the harms of smoking rather than including appropriate messages about smokeless tobacco products.

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