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Last updated: February 7th 2020

Health Warnings/Messages Features

Type of product: Smoked Tobacco Product
Type of Warnings / Messages Required
Text Warnings/Messages
Location and Size of Warnings / Messages on Unit Packaging
50% of front, 50% of back
Rotation Required
Not Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
1
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

The current regulations on health warnings (NIS 463:2014) require that the one prescribed health warning (“The Federal Ministry of Health warns that Smokers die young”) must occupy at least 50% of the front and back of all cigarette packaging on the lower half of the panel. The warning should be printed in black on a white background and surrounded by a 1mm black border. Warnings are not required on other types of smoked tobacco products.

The current regulations meet the size requirements of FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines in that the warnings occupy at least 50% of the tobacco product package, but fail to align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines in that they are text only and do not apply to all smoked tobacco products.

The National Tobacco Control Act of 2015 authorizes the Ministry of Health to issue a set of health warnings to be rotated at least every 24 months. 

Beginning in June 23, 2021, when the health warning requirements of the National Tobacco Control Regulations come into effect, picture health warnings must cover 50% of the front and back of the tobacco product package. A text-only health warning must also be displayed on one of the lateral side of the package. For cigarette cartons, text-only warnings are required to cover 50% of the front and back surfaces.

Beginning in June 2024, picture health warnings must be displayed on 60% of the front and back of packages. 

Once in effect, the provisions under the National Tobacco Control Regulations will align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to requiring warnings that occupy at least 50% of principal display areas and that contain both pictures and text.

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

The current regulations on health warnings (NIS 463:2014) do not require warnings on smokeless tobacco products.

The current regulations do not align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines because warnings are not required for smokeless tobacco products.

The National Tobacco Control Act of 2015 authorizes the Ministry of Health to issue a set of health warnings to be rotated at least every 24 months. Under the 2018 standard (NIS 1031:2018), three pictorial warnings have been issued for smokeless tobacco products. These health warnings must cover at least 50% of the front and back of the tobacco product package.

Beginning in June 23, 2021, when the health warning requirements of the National Tobacco Control Regulations come into effect, picture health warnings must cover 50% of the principal display area of a tobacco product package. 

Beginning in June 2024, picture health warnings must be displayed on 60% of the principal display area of a tobacco product package.

Once in effect, the provisions under the National Tobacco Control Regulations will align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to requiring warnings that occupy at least 50% of principal display areas and that contain both pictures and text.