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Last updated: September 17th 2019

Regulated Contents in Cigarettes

Regulatory Authority

Are contents and/or ingredients of cigarettes regulated?

Yes
Analysis

Contents and ingredients of cigarettes are not regulated at the national level. However, fruit and confectionary flavored cigarettes are banned in all 6 states (New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia) and both territories (Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory).

Are cigarette emissions regulated?

No
Analysis

The law does not regulate, nor does it grant any authority to regulate, cigarette emissions.

Status of Regulated Ingredients in Cigarettes

Sugars and sweeteners

Some Restrictions

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

Analysis

The retail sale of confectionery flavored cigarettes is banned in all 6 states (New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia) and in both territories (Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory). However, the laws in these states do not specifically ban the use of sugars and sweeteners as additives or ingredients. Because it is possible to add sugars and sweeteners in the manufacturing process without the product being considered confectionery flavored, the regulatory status code "Some Restrictions" is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines, the law should prohibit or restrict the use of ingredients used to increase palatability such as sugars and sweeteners in cigarettes.

Menthol, mint or spearmint (including analogues and derivatives)

Some Restrictions
Analysis

The use of mint but not menthol is banned in at least one state (Western Australia). The use of menthol is not banned under national law or under any state laws. Therefore, the regulatory status code "Some Restrictions" is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines, the law should prohibit or restrict the use of ingredients used to increase palatability such as menthol, mint, or spearmint in cigarettes.

Spices and herbs (excluding mint)

Allowed

Examples include: cinnamon and ginger.

Analysis

The use of spices and herbs is not banned under national law or under any state laws. Therefore, the regulatory status code "Allowed" is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines, the law should prohibit or restrict the use of ingredients used to increase palatability such as spices and herbs (excluding mint) in cigarettes.

Other flavorings (not covered above)

Some Restrictions

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

Analysis

The retail sale of fruit-flavored and confectionary-flavored cigarettes is banned in all 6 states (New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia) and in both territories (Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory). The ban includes, for example in Western Australia, "chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coconut or any other flavour (but not a spice) commonly used in the production of confectionery." The state and territory bans are interpreted to include all flavorings (except for menthol and herbs and spices, which are addressed separately in this database).

To more fully align with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines, the law should prohibit or restrict the use of ingredients used to increase palatability such as flavorings in cigarettes.

Ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake

Allowed

Examples include: ammonia.

Analysis

The use of ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake is not banned under national law or under state and territory laws. Therefore, the regulatory status code "Allowed" is given.

To align with FCTC Arts. 5.2 and 9, the law should regulate ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake, such as ammonia.

Ingredients which may create an impression of health benefits

Some Restrictions

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 retail sale of fruit-flavored cigarettes is banned in all 6 states (New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia) and in both territories (Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory). However, the laws in these states do not ban the use other types of ingredients that may create an impression of health benefits, such as vitamins and vegetables. Therefore, the regulatory status code "Some Restrictions" is given.

To more fully align with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines, the law should prohibit or restrict the use of ingredients that may create an impression of health benefits in cigarettes.

Ingredients associated with energy and vitality

Allowed

Examples include: caffeine, guarana, taurine and glucuronolactone.

Analysis

The use of ingredients associated with energy and vitality is not banned under national law or under state and territory laws. Therefore, the regulatory status code "Allowed" is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines, the law should prohibit or restrict the use of ingredients associated with energy and vitality in cigarettes.