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Last updated: November 12th 2021

Regulated Contents in Cigarettes

Regulatory Authority

Are contents and/or ingredients of cigarettes regulated?

Yes
Regulatory Authority:

Public Health Agency

Analysis

The law regulates the sale of cigarettes with certain additives, including characterizing flavors.

Law Source, Section
Regulations regarding guidelines on characterizing flavors of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and its components as well as additives in certain tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2016:42)

Are cigarette emissions regulated?

Yes
Regulatory Authority:

Public Health Agency

Analysis

The maximum emission limits for cigarettes are as follows: 10 mg tar per cigarette, 1 mg nicotine per cigarette, and 10 mg carbon monoxide per cigarette.

Law Source, Section
Regulations establishing limits and methods of measurement of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide as well as requirements for laboratories to verify the measurements (HSLF-FS 2016:43)
Ch. 2, Sec. 1
Status of Regulated Ingredients in Cigarettes

Sugars and sweeteners

Some Restrictions

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

Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes “with a characterizing flavor,” which is defined as a clearly noticeable odor or taste of anything other than tobacco. However, the law allows additives that are necessary in the manufacture of cigarettes provided that the additives do not lead to a cigarette with a characterizing flavor. Therefore, the use of sugars and sweeteners that increase palatability is prohibited. However, the use of sugars and sweeteners that replace sugars lost during curing that do not result in a distinctive flavor other than tobacco are allowed. Therefore, the regulatory status code “Some Restrictions” is given.

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
Regulations regarding guidelines on characterizing flavors of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and its components as well as additives in certain tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2016:42)
Secs. 5, 7

Menthol, mint or spearmint (including analogues and derivatives)

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes “with a characterizing flavor,” which is defined as a clearly noticeable odor or taste of anything other than tobacco, which may include but is not limited to fruits, spices, herbs, alcohol, caramel, menthol, or vanilla and which is noticeable before or during the use of a tobacco. Therefore, the use of menthol, mint, or spearmint 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 menthol, mint, or spearmint in cigarettes.

Law Source, Section
Regulations regarding guidelines on characterizing flavors of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and its components as well as additives in certain tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2016:42)
Sec. 5

Spices and herbs (excluding mint)

Banned

Examples include: cinnamon and ginger.

Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes “with a characterizing flavor,” which is defined as a clearly noticeable odor or taste of anything other than tobacco, which may include but is not limited to fruits, spices, herbs, alcohol, caramel, menthol, or vanilla and which is noticeable before or during the use of a tobacco. Therefore, the use of spices and herbs 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 spices and herbs (excluding mint) in cigarettes.

Law Source, Section
Regulations regarding guidelines on characterizing flavors of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and its components as well as additives in certain tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2016:42)
Sec. 5

Other flavorings (not covered above)

Banned

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

Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes “with a characterizing flavor,” which is defined as a clearly noticeable order or taste of anything other than tobacco, which may include but is not limited to fruits, spices, herbs, alcohol, caramel, menthol, or vanilla and which is noticeable before or during the use of a tobacco. Therefore, the use of other flavorings (not covered above) 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
Regulations regarding guidelines on characterizing flavors of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and its components as well as additives in certain tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2016:42)
Sec. 5

Ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake

Banned

Examples include: ammonia.

Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes containing additives that facilitate inhalation or the absorption of nicotine.

The law furthers FCTC Arts. 5.2 and 9 in that it regulates ingredients in cigarettes that facilitate nicotine uptake, such as ammonia.

Law Source, Section
Regulations regarding guidelines on characterizing flavors of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and its components as well as additives in certain tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2016:42)
Sec. 10(d)

Ingredients which may create an impression of health benefits

Banned

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 prohibits the sale of cigarettes containing vitamins or other additives fostering the impression that a tobacco product has beneficial health effects or that the risks it poses to health have been reduced.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines in that the law prohibits the use of ingredients in cigarettes that may create an impression of health benefits.

Law Source, Section
Regulations regarding guidelines on characterizing flavors of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and its components as well as additives in certain tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2016:42)
Sec. 10(a)

Ingredients associated with energy and vitality

Banned

Examples include: caffeine, guarana, taurine and glucuronolactone.

Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes containing caffeine, taurine, or other additives and stimulants associated with energy and vitality.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines in that the law prohibits the use of ingredients in cigarettes that are associated with energy and vitality.

Law Source, Section
Regulations regarding guidelines on characterizing flavors of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and its components as well as additives in certain tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2016:42)
Sec. 10(b)

Additives that color emissions

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes containing additives that color emissions.

Law Source, Section
Regulations regarding guidelines on characterizing flavors of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and its components as well as additives in certain tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2016:42)
Sec. 10(c)

Additives that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction in unburned form

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes containing additives that are carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic to reproduction in unburnt form.

Law Source, Section
Regulations regarding guidelines on characterizing flavors of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and its components as well as additives in certain tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2016:42)
Sec. 10(e)

Filters, papers, or capsules containing tobacco or nicotine

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes that contain tobacco or nicotine in the filters, papers, or capsules.

Law Source, Section
Regulations regarding guidelines on characterizing flavors of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and its components as well as additives in certain tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2016:42)
Sec. 9

Technical features allowing modification of the smell, taste, or smoke intensity

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes whose technical features allow consumers to modify the smell, taste, or smoke intensity of the product.

Law Source, Section
Regulations regarding guidelines on characterizing flavors of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and its components as well as additives in certain tobacco products (HSLF-FS 2016:42)
Sec. 8