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Last updated: September 18th 2019

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
30% of front, 100% of back, Side(s)
Rotation Required
Required
Number of Warnings / Messages Authorized to Be Displayed at Any Given Time
12
Length of Rotation Period
Uncertain
Analysis

One of 12 authorized text and image warnings must appear on each package of cigarettes. The combined text and image must occupy 100% of one principal display area, and the text alone must occupy 30% of the other principal display area of the package. The text must be preceded by the statement: “The Ministry of People’s Power for Health warns”. The 12 warnings must be rotated so that they appear in each lot of cigarettes produced.

The regulations require warnings on cigarettes only. Other smoked tobacco products are not required to carry warnings.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines with respect to size, content and rotation of the warnings, in that the warnings occupy more than 50% of the surface of the pack, contain text and images, and are rotated. However, the law does not meet FCTC Art. 11 in that it does not require warnings on smoked tobacco products other than cigarettes. To fully meet FCTC Art. 11, the law should require health warnings on other smoked tobacco products.

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
0
Length of Rotation Period
Unspecified
Analysis

The law does not require health warnings on smokeless tobacco product packaging. The law does not meet FCTC Art. 11 with respect to health warnings on smokeless tobacco product packaging. To meet FCTC Art. 11, the law should require health warnings on smokeless tobacco product packaging.