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Last updated: September 18th 2019

Regulated Contents in Cigarettes

Regulatory Authority

Are contents and/or ingredients of cigarettes regulated?

Yes
Regulatory Authority:

Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine

Analysis

The National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act authorizes the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine to issue regulations under the Act. Regulations issued by the Minister prohibit flavored, colored and sweetened cigarettes.

Are cigarette emissions regulated?

No
Analysis

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

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 manufacture, import, sale and offer for sale of flavored, colored or sweetened cigarettes. Therefore, the use of sugars and sweeteners in cigarettes is prohibited.

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)

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the manufacture, import, sale and offer for sale of flavored, colored or sweetened cigarettes. This is interpreted as prohibiting the use of menthol, mint or spearmint in cigarettes, as these are flavorings.

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 menthol, mint, or spearmint in cigarettes.

Law Source, Section

Spices and herbs (excluding mint)

Banned

Examples include: cinnamon and ginger.

Analysis

The law prohibits the manufacture, import, sale and offer for sale of flavored, colored or sweetened cigarettes. This is interpreted as prohibiting the use of spices and herbs in cigarettes, as these are flavorings.

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 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 the manufacture, import, sale and offer for sale of flavored, colored or sweetened cigarettes. Therefore, the use of flavorings is prohibited.

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

The law 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

The law 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

The law does not regulate ingredients 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.