Last updated: December 22, 2021

Key Terms


Term Defined
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Tobacco and additives, as well as any other substance or any other element present in a finished tobacco product, is considered an ingredient, including the paper, filter, ink, capsules and glues.


The definition of “ingredient” is significant because the law regulates the ingredients of cigarettes, including prohibiting characterizing flavors.

FCTC-Based Definition

Includes tobacco, components (e.g. paper, filter), including materials used to manufacture those components, additives, processing aids, residual substances found in tobacco (following storage and processing), and substances that migrate from the packaging material into the product (contaminants are not part of the ingredients). (FCTC Art. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines)