Last updated: February 3, 2020

Key Terms


Term Defined
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"Ingredient" means any substance or any component other than the leaves and other natural or unprocessed parts of the tobacco plant that are used in the manufacture or preparation of a product prepared with tobacco and that continues to be present in the finished product, even though in a modified form, including the paper, filter, inks and adhesives.


The definition of "ingredient" is significant because the law requires manufacturers and importers to submit a list of ingredients used in the manufacture of tobacco products.

FCTC-Based Definition

Includes tobacco, components (e.g. paper, filter), including materials used to manufacture those components, additives, processing aids, residual substances found in tobacco (following storage and processing), and substances that migrate from the packaging material into the product (contaminants are not part of the ingredients). (FCTC Art. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines)