Fiji finalizes graphic warnings, 30% of front, 90% of back

As of July 1, 2013, Fiji will require picture health warnings to cover 30% of the front and 90% of the back of cigarette packages (for an overall average of 60% of the front/back). English text will appear on the front, and bilingual text (iTaukei and Hindi) will appear on the back. A series of 5 picture warnings are to appear on an equal basis.

The 30%/90% size is the same as is currently the case in New Zealand, and is the same as what had been required in Australia prior to larger warnings and plain packaging being implemented in 2012.

The new FIJI requirements are pursuant to the Tobacco Control Regulations 2012, which were approved January 8, 2013 and published in the Government of Fiji Gazette Supplement on February 8, 2013. The Regulations also contain warning requirements for tobacco products other than cigarettes.(R. Cunningham)

To see the Regulations, visit here:

http://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/files/live/Fiji/Fiji%20-%202012%20Tobacco%20Control%20Regs.pdf

or here: http://www.tobaccolabels.ca/legislation/fiji

Below are some news items from April 2013.

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=230815