The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

More countries using large pictorial health warnings

Pictorial health warningLarger picture health warnings on tobacco products are becoming an increasing trend, according to a new report released during COP-4 by tobacco control groups.

The report, Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report, provides an international overview ranking 175 countries/jurisdictions based on warning size, and lists those that have finalised requirements for picture warnings. Regional breakdowns are also included. The report lists sizes on both the package front and back, recognising that the front is more important due to greater visibility.

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.

Victory! Uruguay keeps warning labels

Uruguay will resist pressure from tobacco giant Philip Morris by maintaining its cigarette warning labels. This is a great win for tobacco control worldwide!

The decision comes after weeks of public outcry and support for Uruguay, which has been a world leader in implementing the international tobacco treaty.

ACT: to protect Uruguay’s new cigarette labels

Mock up of Uruguay's new cigarette package labels.Uruguay’s new cigarette warning labels are under threat thanks to tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI).

Earlier this year, Uruguay implemented strong laws requiring that all cigarette warning labels cover 80 per cent of the front and back of packages. This move meant Uruguay would have the largest cigarette warnings in the world, and championed the country as a tobacco control role model for other nations.

Peru passes smoke-free law

Enclosed public spaces and work places will soon be smoke-free in Peru, thanks to a law that passed on 30 March 2010.

The new law also includes that heath warnings cover 50 per cent of tobacco products - instead of the current 30 per cent that covers the lower section of packs.

Paraguay increases pictorial warnings

Paraguay is aiming for pictorial warnings to cover 60 per cent of the top of cigarette packaging front and back by 2012.

According to current world rankings, this amount of coverage will bring Paraguay into second place (tied with Mauritius), after Uruguay which has 80 per cent coverage front and back.

Pakistan to have picture health warnings

Pakistan will have pictorial health warnings on all its cigarette packs and outers as of February 2010.

The warnings will be on a yearly rotational basis (or as directed by the government) and imported cigarettes will not be cleared from port unless they bear warnings.

Uruguay tops health warnings list

Mock up of Uruguay's new cigarette package labels.Uruguay will have the largest cigarette warnings in the world, which will cover 80 per cent of the front and back of packages.

The new warnings will appear on cigarette packages in Uruguay on March 1, 2010.

Young campaigners stub out tobacco companies

Young protestors outside BAT’s AGM.Young anti-tobacco campaigners around the world recently protested against two of the world’s largest tobacco companies to highlight the huge profits made from selling products that cause death and disease.

Many FCA members were among these protestors who staged events inside, and outside, the annual general meetings of British American Tobacco (BAT) and Philip Morris International (PMI) in London and New York. Similar marches, press conferences, letter campaigns and other activities also took place in more than 20 countries.