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Last updated: July 21st 2021

Regulated Contents in Cigarettes

Regulatory Authority

Are contents and/or ingredients of cigarettes regulated?

Yes
Regulatory Authority:

Minister of Health

Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products, which include a tobacco product that is represented as being flavored and contains a flavoring agent, but does not include menthol or tobacco.

Law Source, Section

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

Banned

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

Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products, which include a tobacco product that is represented as being flavored and contains a flavoring agent, but does not include menthol or tobacco. Therefore, the use of sugars and sweeteners to produce a flavored tobacco product is banned.

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.

Law Source, Section

Menthol, mint or spearmint (including analogues and derivatives)

Some Restrictions
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products, which include a tobacco product that is represented as being flavored and contains a flavoring agent, but does not include menthol or tobacco. Therefore, the use of menthol in cigarettes is allowed. Presumably, however, because the law does not make an exception for mint or spearmint, the use of these additives would be prohibited. 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 or regulations should prohibit or restrict the use of ingredients used to increase palatability such as menthol in cigarettes.

Law Source, Section

Spices and herbs (excluding mint)

Banned

Examples include: cinnamon and ginger.

Analysis

The law prohibits flavored tobacco products, which are defined as a product which is represented as being flavored and contains a flavoring agent. Any spices and herbs which are added and then used to represent the product as flavored will therefore be banned.

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.

Law Source, Section

Other flavorings (not covered above)

Banned

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

Analysis

The law prohibits flavored tobacco products, which are defined as a product which is represented as being flavored and contains a flavoring agent, but does not include menthol or tobacco. Any other flavorings which are added and then used to represent the product as flavored will therefore be banned.

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.

Law Source, Section

Ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake

Allowed

Examples include: ammonia.

Analysis

Although the law regulates flavored tobacco products, the law does not address ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake. Therefore, the use of such ingredients in cigarettes is allowed.

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

Ingredients which may create an impression of health benefits

Allowed

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

Although the law regulates flavored tobacco products, the law does not address ingredients that may create an impression of health benefits. Therefore, the use of such ingredients in cigarettes is allowed.

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

Ingredients associated with energy and vitality

Allowed

Examples include: caffeine, guarana, taurine and glucuronolactone.

Analysis

Although the law regulates flavored tobacco products, the law does not address ingredients associated with energy and vitality. Therefore, the use of such ingredients in cigarettes is allowed.

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