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

Under the Tobacco Control Act of 2015 (implementing regulations issued in 2019), 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.

The law aligns 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.