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Last updated: February 24th 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
65% of front, 65% of back
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
4
Length of Rotation Period
Specified - 24 months
Analysis

The packaging and labeling requirements under the Tobacco Control Act, 2015 and Tobacco Control Regulations, 2019 were supposed to enter into force on February 1, 2020, but have been delayed until April 1, 2020.

Under the Tobacco Control Act of 2015, pictorial health warnings are required to cover 65% of each principal display area of tobacco product packaging. The picture portion of the warning shall occupy 80% of the space set aside for the warnings, with the text portion occupying the remaining 20%. Four warnings have been issued and are required to be rotated equally within each batch of a tobacco product brand over a 24-month period.

Once fully in effect, the law will align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to size, location, rotation, and content.

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

Under the Tobacco Control Act of 2015, the import, manufacture, distribution, processing, and sale of smokeless tobacco products are prohibited.