Jump to: Guidelines, Package Warning Labels, Plain Packaging


Framework Convention on Tobacco ControlFramework Convention on Tobacco Control Guidelines for Implementation of Article 11: WHO FCTC guidelines on packing and labeling of tobacco products.

International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project: The ITC Project is the first-ever international cohort study of tobacco use.  Its overall objective is to measure the psychosocial and behavioral impact of key national level policies of the WHO FCTC and one of the key areas of research is the impact of health warning

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung DiseaseTobacco Packaging and Labelling – Technical Guide: The Union’s Technical Guide on Tobacco Packaging and Labeling is aimed to help governments implement the most effective packaging and labelling policies possible.

Plain PackagingTobacco Labeling Resource Center: This website was developed to help promote effective, evidence-based labeling policies. The website was developed with the support of the Framework Convention Alliance and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

Package Warning Labels

World Health OrganizationWorld Health Organization FCTC Health Warning Database: This website, which was developed following a decision by the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC at its third session, is designed to facilitate the sharing of pictorial health warnings and messages among countries and Parties.

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic: Warning About the Dangers of Tobacco: This 2011 WHO report examines in detail the two primary strategies to provide health warnings – labels on tobacco product packaging and anti-tobacco mass media campaigns. It provides a comprehensive overview of the evidence base for warning people about the harms of tobacco use.

World No Tobacco Day: The theme of the 2009 World Health Organization WNTD was “Tobacco Health Warnings”. This site provides a range of health warning campaign materials.

World Lung FoundationTobacco Pack Warning Database: This World Lung Foundation website features a pictorial warning label library, best practices for pack warning, and resources for tobacco control.

Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report: This Canadian Cancer Society publication summarizes international cigarette package health warning requirements by country/jurisdiction and provides an international overview and ranking of 198 countries/jurisdictions based on warning size on cigarette packages.

Tobacco Free KidsPictorial Warning Labels by Country and Jurisdiction: This Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids document provides information on warning labels by country or jurisdiction.

Picture Based Cigarette Warnings: Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada provides researchers and policy makers useful information about warning label status in various countries.

U.S. Attorney General Letter to Court of Appeals: On March 15, 2013, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote to the Court of Appeals to inform them that the U.S. Government would not be appealing their decision to strike down proposed warning label regulations.

Plain Packaging

Smoking Harms Unborn BabiesAustralia Plain Packaging: Link to Australia’s Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products consultation paper, the 2011 Plain Packaging Bill, and other resources and information provided by the Australian government.


Plain Packaging:  Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada provides researchers and policy makers useful information about the history, research and policy content associated with plain packaging of tobacco products.