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Last updated: March 4th 2020

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
85% of front, 85% of back, Side(s)
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
14
Length of Rotation Period
Specified - 12 months
Analysis

The law requires health messages covering 85% of the front and back of all packaging of smoked tobacco products. Each combined health warnings consists of warning text, a corresponding image, and quitline information, and the same combined warning must appear on both sides of the package. Warning text is printed in white on a black background, and quitline information is printed in black on a yellow background. A total of 14 combined health warnings have been approved. These warnings must appear in equal numbers over a 12-month period.

In addition to the combined health warnings, each pack must display a general warning message on 50% of one lateral side and an information message on 50% of the other lateral side. 

Plain packaging is required for all products available for retail sale as of January 5, 2020.

The law meets FCTC Art. 11 with respect to the size and location of the warnings.

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
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

There are no smokeless products currently licensed for sale in Turkey. While health warnings appear to be required for all tobacco products under Law No. 4207 (as amended), the 2019 Regulation on the Procedures and Principles Related to the Production Methods, Labeling and Surveillance of Tobacco Products does not specify the warning requirements for smokeless tobacco products.