The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Gulf countries adopt graphic warnings

Gulf warningsOne of the new graphic warnings From April, six Gulf countries will display graphic warnings on tobacco packages illustrating the effects of smoking cigarettes and shisha.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Standardisation Organization (GSO), which adopted the labelling standard on 9 August 2011.

The warnings will depict different illnesses and cancers caused by smoking, and cover 50 percent of the package’s front and back, with an Arabic warning on the front and an English warning on the back.

Misleading terms like "light", "mild", "low tar" and "extra light" will also be banned.

There will be two specific warnings for shisha (water pipe) tobacco.

The new standard will replace the old one, which covered only about 16 percent of the package’s front.

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