Warning labels

Section title

Warning labels

Brief definition of policy approach

Labelling of addictive goods and services with (health) warnings

Description of policy approaches

Measures which seek to label addictive goods and services with (health) warnings. This includes health warnings on containers of alcoholic beverages, on cigarette packs and hand rolling tobacco, on gambling machines and gambling websites

Typical measures included under this approach

  1. Direct health warning labels
    • Alcohol – Health warning labels on alcohol containers
    • Tobacco – (Standardised) Health warning labels on cigarette packs and hand rolling tobacco
    • Illegal drugs – No approaches identified
    • Gambling – Health warning labels on gambling machines; health warning messages on gambling websites; signs warning users about the addictive potential of gambling
  2. Labels containing information about contents
    • Alcohol – Product labelling on alcohol products similar to that used for foodstuffs
    • Tobacco – Requirement to display information about the toxic constituents of the tobacco products and the emissions that they produce
    • Illegal drugs – No approaches identified
    • Gambling – No approaches identified

Summary of available evidence for interventions and policies

  1. Beneficial
    • No evidence identified
  2. Likely to be beneficial
    • No evidence identified
  3. Mixed evidence
    • No evidence identified
  4. Unknown effectiveness
    • No evidence identified
  5. Ineffective
    • No evidence identified