Iceland – new regulations on graphic health warnings introduced

The packaging of tobacco products placed on the Icelandic market is now required to display photographs in line with new regulations that have been in effect since 1 January 2013. The images were selected from the library developed by the European Commission and depict the negative health effects of smoking. In addition, every pack will also provide information on a quit line number or a web site for those wanting to quit tobacco use. The 14 new health warnings must be rotated to guarantee their regular appearance.

Cigarettes and other tobacco products in compliance with the older regulations are allowed on the market until 31 July 2013. All tobacco products placed on the market on or after that date must comply with the new regulations.

More information is available from Viðar Jensson, tobacco control focal point, Directorate of Health, Iceland (vidar@landlaeknir.is).

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