Last updated: February 27, 2023

Warnings/Messages Content

Does the content of the warnings/messages address:
Health impacts
Advice on cessation (e.g., the benefits of cessation or steps to take to stop smoking)
Addictive nature of tobacco
Adverse economic and social outcomes
Impact of tobacco use on friends and family
Quitline phone number and/or website
Description of current required warnings/messages:

For smoked tobacco products, the following two general warnings are authorized:

1. Smoking kills.

2. Smoking seriously harms you and those close to you.

The following 14 additional warnings are authorized:

  1. Those who smoke die before their time (Image: foot with morgue tag);
  2. Smoking clogs arteries and causes heart attacks and stroke (Image: open heart surgery);
  3. Smoking causes deadly/terminal lung cancer (image: man in hospital on respirator);
  4. Smoking while pregnant harms your child/baby (image: fetus);
  5. Protect your children – do not let them inhale smoke (image: child smelling tobacco smoke);
  6. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you quit smoking (image: text with phone number);
  7. Smoking is highly addictive, do not start smoking (Image: man smoking a cigarette hooked up to IV).
  8. If you quit smoking your risk of terminal heart and lung disease decreases (image: drawing of person throwing again cigarettes);
  9. Smoking can cause a slow and painful death (Image: lung x-ray);
  10. Get help with quitting: tel. 800 6030 (image: hand reaching out to each other with  text and phone number);
  11. Smoking can inhibit circulation and can cause impotence (image: limp cigarette);
  12. Smoking speeds up aging of the skin (image: wrinkled hands);
  13. Smoking can harm sperm and decrease fertility (image: woman pushing empty stroller);
  14. Tobacco smoke contains benzene, nitrosamine, formaldehyde and cyanide (image: rotted teeth and cancerous mouth).

For smokeless tobacco products, the following warnings is authorized: “þessi tobaksvara getur skaðað heilsuna og er avanabindandi” (tobacco can harm your health and is addictive).