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Last updated: September 26th 2017

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
30% of front, 40% of back
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
16
Length of Rotation Period
Uncertain
Analysis

One of two authorized “general warnings” must occupy 30% of one of the two largest surfaces of the packaging (generally, front of package). One of 14 authorized “additional warnings” must occupy 40% of the other largest surface (back of package). The front and back warnings must be rotated to ensure “alternating and regular appearance” of each. The law does not specify how frequently the warnings are to be updated. The current warnings have not been updated since 2004.

The warnings must be surrounded by a black border 3mm to 4mm in width (which is counted toward the total area of the warning) and be printed in black type on a white background.

For packages of smoked tobacco products other than cigarettes for which the most visible surface area is larger than 75 cm2, the warnings must cover an area of at least 22.5 cm2 on each surface.

The law meets the minimum requirements of FCTC Art. 11 with regard to size. However, to more fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law should require warnings that occupy at least 50% of both principal display areas and contain picture/pictorial warnings as well as text. In addition, the law should specify that the health warnings be updated every 12-36 months.

Type of product: Smokeless Tobacco Products
Type of Warnings / Messages Required
Text Warnings/Messages
Location and Size of Warnings / Messages on Unit Packaging
30% of front
Rotation Required
Not Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
1
Length of Rotation Period
Uncertain
Analysis

There is one authorized warning for smokeless tobacco products – “This tobacco product may harm your health and is addictive.” This warning must occupy 30% of the largest, most visible surface of the unit packaging.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 with regard to the minimum size requirement for health warnings. However, the law does not align as to rotation because there is only one authorized health warning. To fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the law should authorize multiple health warnings for smokeless tobacco projects and specify rotation requirements. In addition, the law should require warnings that occupy at least 50% of both principal display areas and contain picture/pictorial warnings as well as text. In addition, the law should specify that the health warnings be updated every 12-36 months.