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Last updated: May 15th 2018

Regulated Contents in Cigarettes

Regulatory Authority

Are contents and/or ingredients of cigarettes regulated?

No
Regulatory Authority:

Ministry of Health

Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act authorizes the Minister of Health to regulate or prohibit the use of harmful constituents or ingredients in tobacco products. However, the Minister has not yet issued such regulations.

Law Source, Section

Are cigarette emissions regulated?

No
Regulatory Authority:

Ministry of Health

Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act authorizes the Minister of Health to prescribe permissible levels of "tar, nicotine and such other constituent of tobacco products or their emissions." However, the Minister has not yet issued such regulations.

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 Minister of Health to regulate or prohibit the use of harmful constituents or ingredients in tobacco products; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. Therefore, the use of sugars and sweeteners in cigarettes is allowed.

To 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 sugars and sweeteners in cigarettes.

Menthol, mint or spearmint (including analogues and derivatives)

Allowed

Analysis

The law authorizes the Minister of Health to regulate or prohibit the use of harmful constituents or ingredients in tobacco products; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. Therefore, the use of menthol, mint, and spearmint in tobacco products is allowed.

To 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, mint, or spearmint in cigarettes.

Spices and herbs (excluding mint)

Allowed

Examples include: cinnamon and ginger.

Analysis

The law authorizes the Minister of Health to regulate or prohibit the use of harmful constituents or ingredients in tobacco products; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. 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 Minister of Health to regulate or prohibit the use of harmful constituents or ingredients in tobacco products; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. 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 palatability such as other flavorings (not covered above) in cigarettes.

Ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake

Allowed

Examples include: ammonia.

Analysis

The law authorizes the Minister of Health to regulate or prohibit the use of harmful constituents or ingredients in tobacco products; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. Therefore, the use of ingredients in cigarettes that facilitate nicotine uptake 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

The law authorizes the Minister of Health to regulate or prohibit the use of harmful constituents or ingredients in tobacco products; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. 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 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

The law authorizes the Minister of Health to regulate or prohibit the use of harmful constituents or ingredients in tobacco products; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. 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.