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Last updated: May 31st 2019

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 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. These health warnings must appear on all tobacco products and be comprised of “writing and graphics” covering at least 50% of the tobacco product package.

To date, implementing regulations necessary to prescribe the health warnings have not been issued by the Ministry of Health or received the necessary subsequent approval from both Houses of the National Assembly.

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.

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 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. These health warnings must appear on all tobacco products and be comprised of “writing and graphics” covering at least 50% of the tobacco product package.

To date, implementing regulations necessary to prescribe the health warnings have not been issued by the Ministry of Health or received the necessary subsequent approval from both Houses of the National Assembly.

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.