Health warnings on tobacco products: international practices

Salud Publica Mex. 2012 Jun;54(3):270-80. doi: 10.1590/s0036-36342012000300009.


Health warnings on tobacco products have emerged as a prominent area of tobacco control policy. Regulatory practice has rapidly evolved over the past decade to the point where health warnings on tobacco products continue to set international precedents for their size and comprehensiveness. The current paper provides a general review of current regulatory practices, including physical design features (such as size and location), message content (pictorial vs. text and content themes), and regulatory considerations such as rotation period and other novel practices.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Advertising
  • Art
  • Global Health*
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Mass Media
  • Nicotine / chemistry
  • Product Labeling* / statistics & numerical data
  • Smoke / analysis
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Telephone
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control
  • Tobacco* / chemistry
  • World Health Organization


  • Smoke
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution
  • Nicotine