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