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Last updated: February 24th 2020

Regulated Contents in Cigarettes

Regulatory Authority

Are contents and/or ingredients of cigarettes regulated?

Yes
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Regulatory Authority:

Ministry of Health

Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act 2015 prohibits the sale of "flavoured tobacco products." In addition, Sec. 18 prohibits the sale of a tobacco product unless the tobacco product conforms to standards on contents and emissions prescribed by the Minister of Health. In addition to prohibited flavored tobacco products, the Tobacco Control Regulations prohibit other additives and properties.

Are cigarette emissions regulated?

No
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Regulatory Authority:

Ministry of Health

Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act, 2015 prohibits the sale of a tobacco product unless the tobacco product conforms to standards on contents and emissions prescribed by the Minister of Health. However, the Tobacco Control Regulations do not contain further details regarding the regulation of cigarette emissions.

Status of Regulated Ingredients in Cigarettes

Sugars and sweeteners

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

Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of a "flavoured tobacco product." 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.

Menthol, mint or spearmint (including analogues and derivatives)

Banned
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Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of a "flavoured tobacco product." The definition of “flavoured tobacco product” specifically includes menthol and mint.

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, and spearmint in cigarettes.

Spices and herbs (excluding mint)

Banned
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Examples include: cinnamon and ginger.

Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of a "flavoured tobacco product." The definition of “flavoured tobacco product” specifically includes spices and herbs.

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.

Other flavorings (not covered above)

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

Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of a "flavoured tobacco product."

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.

Ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake

Allowed

Examples include: ammonia.

Analysis

The law does not explicitly prohibit the use in cigarettes of ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake.

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

Banned
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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 tobacco products that contain additives with properties associated with or likely to be associated with health benefits or reduced health risks, including amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.

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.

Ingredients associated with energy and vitality

Banned
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Examples include: caffeine, guarana, taurine and glucuronolactone.

Analysis

The law prohibits tobacco products that contain additives with properties associated with or likely to be associated with energy and vitality, including caffeine and taurine.

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.

Flavor delivering mechanisms, including filter capsules, granules, and threads

Banned
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Analysis

In addition to prohibiting flavored tobacco products, the law prohibits tobacco products that have a “flavour delivering mechanism,” including “filter flavour capsules, granules, and flavour threads.”

Technical features that allow the release or modification of smell, taste, or smoke intensity

Banned
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Analysis

The law prohibits tobacco products with any technical features that allow the release or modification of the smell, taste, or smoke intensity of the tobacco product.

Coloring properties for emissions

Banned
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Analysis

The law prohibits tobacco products that contain coloring properties for emissions.