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Last updated: August 17th 2020

Regulated Contents in Cigarettes

Regulatory Authority

Are contents and/or ingredients of cigarettes regulated?

No
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Regulatory Authority:

Ministry of Health

Analysis

The law prohibits the sale or export of any tobacco product that contains a harmful constituent prohibited by regulations made under the law; or contains harmful constituents in excess of the limits prescribed by regulations made under the law, as determined in accordance with any tests so prescribed.

However, no such regulations have been issued to date.

Are cigarette emissions regulated?

No
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Regulatory Authority:

Ministry of Health

Analysis

The law prohibits the sale or export of any tobacco product that generates in its smoke a harmful constituent prohibited by regulations made under the law; or generates in its smoke, harmful constituents in excess of the limits prescribed by regulations made under the law, as determined in accordance with any tests so prescribed.

However, no such regulations have been issued to date.

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 Ministry of Health to issue regulations to prohibit or establish limits for harmful constituents, which could include sugars and sweeteners, contained 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 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 Ministry of Health to issue regulations to prohibit or establish limits for harmful constituents, which could include menthol, mint, or spearmint, contained in tobacco products; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. Therefore, the use 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 Ministry of Health to issue regulations to prohibit or establish limits for harmful constituents, which could include spices and herbs, contained in tobacco products; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. 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 Ministry of Health to issue regulations to prohibit or establish limits for harmful constituents, which could include other flavorings, contained 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 Ministry of Health to issue regulations to prohibit or establish limits for harmful constituents, which could include ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake, contained 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 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 Ministry of Health to issue regulations to prohibit or establish limits for harmful constituents, which could include ingredients that may create an impression of health benefits, contained 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 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 Ministry of Health to issue regulations to prohibit or establish limits for harmful constituents, which could include ingredients associated with energy and vitality, contained 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.