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Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report now available in seven languages

The Canadian Cancer Society released “Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report” in Seoul, South Korea during the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) fifth Conference of the Parties in November 2012.   The report is a third edition, and it is now available in seven languages.  Previous editions were published in 2008 and 2010.

The report ranks 198 countries/jurisdictions based on the size of their health warnings on cigarette packages, and lists countries that have finalized requirements for picture warnings.  The report finds that considerable progress in this policy area is being made internationally.

Key Findings:

  • 63 countries or jurisdictions have finalized picture warnings, an increase of 29 from the 34 that had implemented by 2010.
  • More than 40% of the world’s population is covered by the 63 countries or jurisdictions that have finalized picture warning requirements.
  • 47 countries or jurisdictions have warnings covering at least 50% of the package front and back, up from 32 in 2010 and 24 in 2008.
  • Australia now has the largest warnings in the world at 82.5% of the package front and back.  Australia also implemented plain packaging to prohibit tobacco company colors, logos, and design elements on the brand part of the package.

Thank you to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids for their assistance with the translations.

English and French versions of the report can be found on the FCA website, which is accompanied by an FCA news item:

The report can also be found on the CTFK website:








One Comment

  1. Jocelyne Koepke says:


    I wanted to let you know that the fourth edition of the Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report was released this past October.


    Jocelyne Koepke
    Canadian Cancer Society

    You can find it at

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