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Canada has had 3 phases of tobacco warning labels. The first set of warnings was introduced in 1989 under the Tobacco Products Control Act, and required warnings to be printed on all tobacco products sold legally in Canada. The set consisted of 4 messages printed in black and white on the front and back of the package, and was expanded in 1994 to include 8 messages covering 25% of the front top of the package. 11 In 2000, the Tobacco Products Information Regulations (TPIR) were passed under the Tobacco Act. The regulations introduced a new set of 16 warnings. Each warning was printed on the front and back of the package, covering 50% of the surface, with a short explanation and a picture illustrating that particular warning, for example

85% of lung cancers are caused by smoking.
80% of lung cancer victims die within three years.

accompanied by a picture of a human lung detailing cancerous growths.

Additionally, on the inside of the packaging or, for some packets, on a pull out card, “health information messages” provide answers and explanations regarding common questions and concerns about quitting smoking and smoking related illnesses. The side of the package also featured information on toxic emissions and constituent levels. 12

In 2011, the TPIR were replaced for cigarettes and little cigars with the Tobacco Products Labelling Regulations (Cigarettes and Little Cigars). These regulations introduced the third and current set of 16 warnings in Canada. Currently, cigarette and little cigar packages in Canada must bear new graphic warning messages that cover 75% of the front and back of the package. The interior of each package contains 1 of 8 updated health warning messages, all including the number for a national quitline. The side of the package now bears 1 of 4 simplified toxic emission statements. These labels were fully implemented on cigarette and little cigar packages by June 2012 (though the 2000 labels still appear on other tobacco products). Canada also prohibits terms such as “light” and “mild” from appearing on tobacco packaging. 12 The current labels were based on extensive research and a long consultation process that sought to evaluate and improve upon the warnings introduced in 2000. 13

In accordance with Canadian law regarding products sold legally in Canada, the warnings are provided in both English and French. Imported cigarettes to be sold in Canada which do not have the warnings are affixed with sticker versions when they are sold legally in Canada.

Health Canada is also considering laws mandating plain packaging, in which legal tobacco product packaging would still include warning labels, but brand names, fonts, and colours would be replaced with simple unadorned text, thereby reducing the impact of tobacco industry marketing techniques. 14

There have been complaints from some Canadians due to the graphic nature of the labels, but they generally enjoy wide public support. 15

Chile edit

Starting in November 2006, all cigarette packages sold in Chile are required to have one of two health warnings, a graphic pictorial warning or a text only warning. These warnings are replaced with a new set of two warnings each year. 16

China (People’s Republic) edit

Under laws of the People’s Republic of China, “Law on Tobacco Monopoly” ( ) Chapter 4 Article 18 and “Regulations for the Implementation of the Law on Tobacco Monopoly” ( ) Chapter 5 Article 29, cigarettes and cigars sold within the territory of China should indicate the grade of tar content and “Smoking is hazardous to your health” ( ) in the Chinese language on the packs and cartons.

The warnings were revised in 2009. The following warnings shows what is printed at the current time.

  • Smoking is harmful to your health
    Quit smoking early is good for your health
  • Smoking is harmful to your health
    Quit smoking can reduce health risks

Taiwan (Republic of China) edit

The warnings in Taiwan are led by the phrase ” ” (Warning from the Department of Health, Executive Yuan ), and followed by one of the following warnings

  • Smoking is hazardous to your health
  • Smoking during pregnancy can cause premature death and underweight birth
  • Smoking can cause lung cancer, heart diseases, emphysema and pregnancy related problems
  • Smoking hurts yourself, and hurts others
  • Smoking during pregnancy might damage the fetus, and can cause premature death and underweight birth
  • Quitting smoking can reduce health risk no longer us

Due to the Department of Health was upgraded to Ministry of Health and Welfare, the images and warnings were revised in 2014. The following warnings shows what is printed (the new warnings will use on June 1, 2014). 17

  • Smoking causes ageing of skin
  • Tobacco addiction traps your life
  • Smoking causes sexual dysfunction
  • Smoking and second hand smoking causes abnormality of baby or premature birth
  • You can have more if you quit smoking
  • Second hand smoking causes children pneumonia, otitis media, or cancer
  • Smoking affects oral hygiene
  • Smoking causes you and your family paralyzing stroke and heart disease

Whether the warning is the old version or the new version, it will be marked with ” 0800 636363″ (Smoking Quitting Hotline 0800 636363).

European Union edit

Cigarette packets and other tobacco packaging must include warnings in the same size and format and using the same approved texts (in the appropriate local languages) in all member states of the European Union.

These warnings are displayed in black Helvetica bold on a white background with a thick black border. Ireland prefaces its warnings with “Irish Government Warning”, Latvia with “Vesel bas ministrija br dina” (Health Ministry Warning) and Spain with “Las Autoridades Sanitarias Advierten (The Health Board Warns). In member states with more than one official language, the warnings are displayed in all languages, with the sizes adjusted accordingly (for example in Belgium the messages are written in Dutch, French and German, in Luxembourg in French and German and in Ireland, in Irish and English). All cigarette packets sold in the European Union must display the content of nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide in the same manner on the side of the packet.

In 2003, it was reported that sales of cigarette cases had surged, attributable to the introduction of more prominent warning labels on cigarette packs by an EU directive in January 2003. 18 Alternatively, people choose to hide the warnings using various funny stickers, such as “You could be hit by a bus tomorrow.” 18

Austria and Germany edit