Warning Labels and Packaging
Cigarette packages are one of the remaining avenues of advertising for tobacco companies. This page provides links to resources about packaging guidelines, warning labels, and plain packaging.
This website was developed to help promote effective, evidence-based labeling policies. The website was developed with the support of the Framework Convention Alliance and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
The ITC Project is the first-ever international cohort study of tobacco use. Its overall objective is to measure the psychosocial and behavioral impact of key national level policies of the WHO FCTC and one of the key areas of research is the impact of health warning.
This WHO report highlights important international evidence from the ITC Project on the implementation of large, pictorial warnings in other countries and areas. The report shows how introduction of large, pictorial warning labels on tobacco packets and full implementation of the WHO FCTC would help reduce the growing burden of non-communicable disease in China.
This letter from Attorney General Eric Holder informs the Court of Appeals that the Department of Justice will not be appealing the court’s decision striking down warning label regulation in the U.S.
On March 15, 2013, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote to the Court of Appeals to inform them that the U.S. Government would not be appealing their decision to strike down proposed warning label regulations.
This Canadian Cancer Society publication summarizes international cigarette package health warning requirements by country/jurisdiction and provides an international overview and ranking of 198 countries/jurisdictions based on warning size on cigarette packages.
This website, which was developed following a decision by the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC at its third session, is designed to facilitate the sharing of pictorial health warnings and messages among countries and Parties.
This 2013 World Health Organization report examines in detail the two primary strategies to provide health warnings: labels on tobacco product packaging and anti-tobacco mass media campaigns. It provides a comprehensive overview of the evidence base for warning people about the harms of tobacco use.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has compiled numerous fact sheets discussing cigarette warning labels as well as a directory of warning labels for more than 70 different countries and jurisdictions.
The Tobacco Labeling Resource Center provides information on global plain packaging research, reports, and regulations. The website also provides a toolkit to serve as a guide in implementing FCTC Article 11.
In April 2010, the Australian government announced that it would introduce legislation to mandate plain packaging of tobacco products from 1 January 2012 with full implementation by 1 December 2012. This measure forms part of a comprehensive suite of reforms the Australian government is implementing to reduce smoking and its harmful effects.