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Last updated: September 26th 2017

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
11
Length of Rotation Period
Specified - 5 years
Analysis

Pictorial warnings were required beginning September 30, 2012.  The law requires one main text warning occupying 50% of the main display area, and one of ten secondary pictorial warnings with accompanying text occupying 50% of the secondary display area. The warnings must be bordered by, at the least, a 3mm black frame, which is part of the 50% warning area. Decree No. 306 contains the ten pictorial warnings and specifies that the pictorial warnings and their accompanying text must each occupy no less than 40% of the area within the black border.

Rotation of the secondary pictorial warnings appearing on the back of packages is required.  However, it is not specified whether several pictorial warnings are to appear concurrently or consecutively.  The law requires review of the warnings by the Cabinet of Ministers every five years.  However, if the warnings are to appear consecutively, the length of a given rotation period during the five-year intervals is unspecified.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to requiring warnings that occupy 50% of principal display areas and that contain both pictures and text. However, the set of health warnings should be reviewed every 12–36 months.

Type of product: Smokeless Tobacco Products
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
11
Length of Rotation Period
Specified - 5 years
Analysis

Although the law requires health warnings on all tobacco products, the contents of the warnings themselves are applicable to smoked and not smokeless tobacco products.

Pictorial warnings were required beginning September 30, 2012.  The law requires one main text warning occupying 50% of the main display area, and one of ten secondary pictorial warnings with accompanying text occupying 50% of the secondary display area.  The warnings must be bordered by, at the least, a 3mm black frame, which is part of the 50% warning area.  Decree No. 306 contains the 10 pictorial warnings and specifies that the pictorial warnings and their accompanying text must each occupy no less than 40% of the area within the black border.

Rotation of the secondary pictorial warnings appearing on the back of packages is required.  However, it is not specified whether several pictorial warnings are to appear concurrently or consecutively.  The law requires review of the warnings by the Cabinet of Ministers every five years.  However, if the warnings are to appear consecutively, the length of a given rotation period during the five-year intervals is unspecified.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to requiring warnings that occupy 50% of principal display areas and that contain both pictures and text.  However, the set of health warnings should be reviewed every 12–36 months.