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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
Location and Size of Warnings / Messages on Unit Packaging
50% of front, 50% of back
Rotation Required
Uncertain
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
4
Length of Rotation Period
Uncertain
Analysis

Smoked tobacco products must carry one of four authorized combined text/picture health warnings. The warning must occupy 50% of the front and back of the package, and appear in Arabic on the front and English on the back. The warning must be surrounded by a 1mm black frame (within the 50% area).

The law does not state whether the four warnings must appear in equal numbers on different brand and product types. The law requires the warnings to be updated “as required by the public interest.”  Therefore, requirements around rotation are uncertain.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with regard to size (at least 50%) and content (text and pictures). However, to align more fully, the law should address rotation of the health warnings. Specifically, the law should state whether the four authorized health warnings are to be appear concurrently and in equal numbers, and should require that the health warnings be updated every 12 to 36 months.

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
N/A
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

Ministerial Decree No. 38/2010 and Public Authority for Consumer Protection Resolution No. 256/2015 prohibit the sale of all smokeless tobacco products.

Law Source, Section
Public Authority for Consumer Protection Resolution No. 256/2015 Banning the Trading of Chewing (Smokeless) Tobacco