External Resources

The first public health treaty, negotiated under the auspices of the WHO. Developed in response to the globalization of the tobacco epidemic, the treaty asserts the importance of tobacco control and reduction strategies.

In November 2008 at its third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP3), parties adopted thses guidelines on Article 11: Packaging and Labeling of Tobacco Products.

This report describes an analysis of 2008-10 data from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey in 14 WHO FCTC countries to assess the effects of cigarette package health warnings on interest in quitting smoking among smokers of manufactured cigarettes, ages 15 or more years.

A health warning library of all existing pictorial warnings categorized by topic and country.

Contains legislation on graphic pack warnings from different countries and evidence of effectiveness from Australia and Canada. Also discusses arguments used by the industry to oppose pictorial warnings, as well as counter arguments for tobacco control advocates.

Webpage dedicated to WNTD 2009 theme, “Tobacco Health Warnings.” Provides a range of health warning campaign materials including brochures and posters related to this issue.

Includes a review of the evidence as well as recommendations for designing health warnings for tobacco packages. Also includes a toolkit on developing effective labeling policies and additional resources for regulators and tobacco control advocates.

Country specific national tobacco control legislation, a history of pictorial warning implementation and a database of pictorial warnings. Extensive research on graphic pack warnings’ effectiveness.

Maintained by Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, with assistance from the Canadian Cancer Society.

Comprehensive technical guidance to help governments plan and implement effective packaging and labeling. Developed by The International Union against Tuberculosis and Ling Disease (The Union).

Fact sheets on the importance of pictorial warnings in communicating health risks and motivating smokers to quit; information on the arguments against pictorial warnings that tobacco companies use followed by rebuttals for each argument and examples by country and jurisdiction.

Lists world trends and statistics on health warnings in different countries compare across the world. Rankings of pack warning labels by size. Developed by the Canadian Cancer Society.

Includes facts, latest news, and a comprehensive review of the evidence in support of plain packaging.