The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Spain to have pictorial warnings

One of Spain's many new pictorial warnings - this one targets the effects of passive smoking on children. Image courtesy will require pictorial warnings on all cigarette packaging as of May, 2011.

The warning sizes will cover about 43 percent of the front of cigarette packages, and about 53 per cent of the back, which include a black border.

Following this move, Spain will become the seventh EU country to require pictorial warnings – Belgium being the first in 2006, followed by Romania and the UK in 2008, Latvia in 2010, and France and Malta in 2011.

Switzerland, Norway and Turkey (non-EU countries) also require pictorial warnings based on the European Commission’s library of 42 images.

Globally, at least 39 countries/jurisdictions require pictorial warnings.

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