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Last updated: August 27th 2021

Regulated Contents in Cigarettes

Regulatory Authority

Are contents and/or ingredients of cigarettes regulated?

Yes
Regulatory Authority:

Health Inspectorate

Analysis

The law prohibits the manufacture and sale of cigarettes that contain certain additives and characterizing flavors.

Are cigarette emissions regulated?

Yes
Regulatory Authority:

Health Inspectorate

Analysis

The law establishes maximum emission levels for tar (>10 milligrams per cigarette), for nicotine (>1 milligram per cigarette), and for carbon monoxide (>10 milligrams per cigarette).

Status of Regulated Ingredients in Cigarettes

Sugars and sweeteners

Some Restrictions

Examples of sugars and sweeteners include: glucose, molasses, honey and sorbitol.

Analysis

The law prohibits cigarettes with a "characterizing flavor." Accordingly, sugars and sweeteners that produce a characterizing flavor are prohibited. The law further states that it does not prohibit "the use of an additive which is essential for the manufacture of a tobacco product (for example, sugar when it is used to replace sugar that is lost during the curing process), provided that the additive does not result in a product with a characterizing flavor." Because sugar may be used in cigarettes as long as it does not result in a characterizing flavor, the regulatory status code "Some Restrictions" is given.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines in that it regulates ingredients used to increase palatability such as sugars and sweeteners in cigarettes.

Menthol, mint or spearmint (including analogues and derivatives)

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits cigarettes with a "characterizing flavor." Accordingly, menthol, mint and spearmint that produce a characterizing flavor are prohibited.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines in that it regulates ingredients used to increase palatability such as menthol, mint, or spearmint in cigarettes.

Spices and herbs (excluding mint)

Banned

Examples include: cinnamon and ginger.

Analysis

The law prohibits cigarettes with a "characterizing flavor." Accordingly, spices and herbs (excluding mint) that produce a characterizing flavor are prohibited.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines in that it regulates ingredients used to increase palatability such as spices and herbs (excluding mint) in cigarettes.

Other flavorings (not covered above)

Banned

Includes fruit flavorings. Examples of flavoring substances include benzaldehyde, maltol and vanillin.

Analysis

The law prohibits cigarettes with a "characterizing flavor." Accordingly, other flavorings (not covered above) that produce a characterizing flavor are prohibited.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines in that it regulates ingredients used to increase palatability such as other flavorings (not covered above) in cigarettes.

Ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake

Banned

Examples include: ammonia.

Analysis

The law prohibits cigarettes containing additives that facilitate inhalation or nicotine uptake.

The law furthers FCTC Arts. 5.2 and 9 in that it regulates ingredients in cigarettes that facilitate nicotine uptake, such as ammonia.

Ingredients which may create an impression of health benefits

Banned

Examples include: vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, fruit and vegetables (and products resulting from their processing such as fruit juices), amino acids, such as cysteine and tryptophan, and essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6.

Analysis

The law prohibits cigarettes containing vitamins or other additives that create the impression that a tobacco product has a health benefit or presents reduced health risks.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines in that the law prohibits the use of ingredients in cigarettes that may create an impression of health benefits.

Ingredients associated with energy and vitality

Banned

Examples include: caffeine, guarana, taurine and glucuronolactone.

Analysis

The law prohibits cigarettes containing caffeine, taurine or other additives or stimulant compounds that are associated with energy and vitality.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines in that the law prohibits the use of ingredients in cigarettes that are associated with energy and vitality.

Additives that have coloring effects on emissions

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits cigarettes containing additives that have coloring effects on emissions.

Additives that have CMR properties in unburnt forms

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits cigarettes containing additives that have CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction) properties in unburnt form.

Additives in quantities that increase toxic or addictive effects

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits cigarettes containing additives in quantities that increase, to a significant or measurable degree, the toxic or addictive effect or CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction) properties of the product when it is consumed.