Last updated: December 22, 2021

Key Terms

Tobacco Product

Term Defined
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All products that can be consumed and are composed, even partially, of tobacco, whether or not it is genetically modified, are considered to be tobacco products.

Tobacco products include cigarettes, rolling tobacco, pipe tobacco, water pipe tobacco, cigars, cigarillos, chewing tobacco, snuff and tobacco for oral use.

New tobacco products, which are products other than those mentioned in the second sub-paragraph, and that came onto the market after May 19, 2014, are also tobacco products in the sense of the first sub-paragraph.


The definition of “tobacco product” contained in the Code of Public Health aligns with the definition of “tobacco products” contained in the FCTC in that it encompasses all products made entirely or partly of tobacco and are consumed in any manner.

FCTC-Based Definition

Any product entirely or partly made of the leaf tobacco as a raw material which is manufactured to be used for smoking, sucking, chewing, or snuffing. (FCTC Art. 1(f))

Outside Packaging and Labeling

Term Not Defined

The law does not contain a definition of “outside packaging and labeling.” While the concept of outside packaging and labeling is described within the law, having no definition for this key term could make interpretation of many provisions difficult. This can hamper application and implementation of FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines.

A definition of "outside packaging and labeling" should be provided in accordance with FCTC Art. 11(4).

FCTC-Based Definition

Any packaging and labeling used in the retail sale of the product. (FCTC Art. 11(4))