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Public Health (09-10-2015)

Tobacco: specifications for health warnings on cigarette packages adopted today

An implementing act adopted today lays out specifications for the new combined health warnings on packages of tobacco products for smoking (in particular cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco), which are required under the Tobacco Products Directive(2014/40/EU).

The new health warnings will comprise a colour photograph, a text warning on the harmful effects of smoking and smoking cessation information. These should collectively cover 65% of the front and back of packages, in accordance with the aforementioned Directive. The implementing decision gives technical specifications for the layout, design and shape of the combined health warnings taking into account different packet shapes.

These new health warnings will appear on packages across the EU from May 2016. See a mock-up on a standard cigarette package here.