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Last updated: November 7th 2019

Regulated Contents in Cigarettes

Regulatory Authority

Are contents and/or ingredients of cigarettes regulated?

No
Analysis

The law states that the Government of Georgia may issue a normative act to determine whether to allow or ban “such feature or element of a tobacco product which will give it a characterizing flavor.” However, as of the date of this review, no such normative act had been issued.

Are cigarette emissions regulated?

Yes
Regulatory Authority:

Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs

Analysis

The law regulates cigarette emissions, including nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide. The law sets the maximum amount for each substance: a) For tar – 10mg per cigarette; b) For nicotine – 1mg per cigarette; c) For carbon monoxide – 10mg per cigarette (only for filtered cigarettes). The maximum emissions from filtered and unfiltered cigarettes: a) Nicotine ISO – by 10315; b) Tar ISO – by 4387; c) Carbon Monoxide ISO – by 8454; d) During packing, the exact amount of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide concentrates must be verified.

Law Source, Section
Status of Regulated Ingredients in Cigarettes

Sugars and sweeteners

Allowed

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

Analysis

The law authorizes the Government to regulate the use of specific ingredients which will give tobacco products a characterizing flavor. However, the Government has not yet issued regulations regarding the prohibition or restriction of ingredients in tobacco products. 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 sugars and sweeteners in cigarettes.

Menthol, mint or spearmint (including analogues and derivatives)

Allowed
Analysis

The law authorizes the Government to regulate the use of specific ingredients which will give tobacco products a characterizing flavor. However, the Government has not yet issued regulations regarding the prohibition or restriction of ingredients in tobacco products. Therefore, the regulatory status code "Allowed" is given. Therefore, the use of menthol, mint, or spearmint in cigarettes is allowed.

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 law authorizes the Government to regulate the use of specific ingredients which will give tobacco products a characterizing flavor. However, the Government has not yet issued regulations regarding the prohibition or restriction of ingredients in tobacco products. Therefore, the regulatory status code "Allowed" is given. Therefore, the use of spices and herbs (excluding mint) in cigarettes is allowed.

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)

Allowed

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

Analysis

The law authorizes the Government to regulate the use of specific ingredients which will give tobacco products a characterizing flavor. However, the Government has not yet issued regulations regarding the prohibition or restriction of ingredients in tobacco products. Therefore, the regulatory status code "Allowed" is given. Therefore, the use of other flavorings (not covered above) in cigarettes is allowed.

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 palatabi

Ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake

Allowed

Examples include: ammonia.

Analysis

While the law grants the authority to regulate flavorings, it does not regulate ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake. Therefore, the use of ingredients in cigarettes that facilitate nicotine uptake is allowed.

To further 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

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

While the law grants the authority to regulate flavorings, it does not regulate ingredients that may create an impression of health benefits. Therefore, the use of ingredients in cigarettes that may create an impression of health benefits 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 may create an impression of health benefits.

Ingredients associated with energy and vitality

Allowed

Examples include: caffeine, guarana, taurine and glucuronolactone.

Analysis

While the law grants the authority to regulate flavorings, it does not regulate ingredients that are associated with energy and vitality. Therefore, the use of ingredients in cigarettes that are associated with energy and vitality 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.