Since December 2002 manufacturers have complied with UK regulations requiring a 30% front-of-pack health warning and 40% back-of-pack warning.
On 1st October 2008, pictorial warnings were introduced in the UK. The last permitted date for sell-through of cigarette products with text only was 30 September 2009. The last permitted date for manufacture of other tobacco product’s textual warnings was 30 September 2009, with a last date for sell-through of 30 September 2010.
The TMA believes that it is the role of Government to communicate health messages about smoking provided such warnings are proportionate and do not infringe trademark rights.
It is appropriate for legislators to determine the nature of the health warnings they require on pack and our member companies have always complied with those requirements.
The risks of smoking are already very well known and there are now large written warnings on packs, which reinforce this information to smokers.
Health warnings have been on cigarette packs in the UK since 1971. All UK-based Companies place health warnings on all their packs worldwide even if there is no requirement to do so.
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