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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
50% of front, 50% of back
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
6
Length of Rotation Period
Specified - 18 months
Analysis

Combined picture and text warnings must cover at least 50% of the front and back of the packaging, on the upper portion of the package. For conical packages, warnings must cover at least 50% of the surface area, in a rectangular format. Warnings must also be printed on any inserts or onserts.

The six warnings issued are required to be used simultaneously over a period of 18 months. Each warning includes both an image and text.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 with respect to minimum size, placement, and rotation.

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

Although the packaging and labeling provisions of the law apply to tobacco and tobacco products, the regulations only prescribe warning requirements for cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco is not on the market in Suriname.

To align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines, the availability of smokeless tobacco in Suriname should trigger the enactment of regulations prescribing appropriate warning requirements.