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Last updated: September 18th 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
80% of front, 80% of back
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
Uncertain
Length of Rotation Period
Specified - 6 months
Analysis

The law requires health warnings in the form of pictures and text on every packet, package or carton containing cigarettes or other tobacco products. The warnings must be placed on the top surface area of both front and back sides and must cover 80% of the top surface area of the front and back. The regulations establish four categories of warnings with some categories containing more than one warning. The front warning must differ from the back warning. Manufacturers with more than one brand must ensure that two different brands do not share the same warning simultaneously. Manufacturers also must ensure that the warnings are changed every six months. Importers of tobacco products from outside Sri Lanka must use a sticker health warning.

These provisions align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines.

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

As of September 1, 2016, it is prohibited to manufacture, import, or sell any smokeless tobacco product or mixture that contains tobacco.