Last updated: August 20, 2020

Regulated Contents in Cigarettes

Regulatory Authority

Are contents and/or ingredients of cigarettes regulated?

No
Regulatory Authority

Ministry of Health

Analysis

The law grants the Ministry of Health the right to prohibit, based on scientific evidence, specific ingredients in tobacco products. However, no such regulations have been issued to date.

Are cigarette emissions regulated?

Yes
Regulatory Authority

Ministry of Health

Analysis

The law establishes maximum emissions levels for cigarettes. Per cigarette, these limits are 10 mg for tar, 1 mg for nicotine, and 10 mg for carbon monoxide.

Status of Regulated Ingredients in Cigarettes

Sugars and sweeteners

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

Allowed
Analysis

The law authorizes the Ministry of Health to regulate ingredients; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. Therefore, the use of sugars and sweeteners in cigarettes is allowed.

To align with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines, the law or regulations should prohibit or restrict the use of ingredients used to increase palatability such as sugars and sweeteners in cigarettes.

Menthol, mint or spearmint (including analogues and derivatives)

Allowed
Analysis

The law authorizes the Ministry of Health to regulate ingredients; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. Therefore, the use menthol, mint, or spearmint in cigarettes is allowed.

To align with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines, the law or regulations should prohibit or restrict the use of ingredients used to increase palatability such as menthol, mint, or spearmint in cigarettes.

Spices and herbs (excluding mint)

Examples include: cinnamon and ginger.

Allowed
Analysis

The law authorizes the Ministry of Health to regulate ingredients; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. Therefore, the use of spices and herbs (excluding mint) in cigarettes is allowed.

To align with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines, the law or regulations should prohibit or restrict the use of ingredients used to increase palatability such as spices and herbs (excluding mint) in cigarettes.

Other flavorings (not covered above)

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

Allowed
Analysis

The law authorizes the Ministry of Health to regulate ingredients; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. Therefore, the use of other flavorings (not covered above) in cigarettes is allowed.

To align with FCTC Art. 9 and the FCTC Arts. 9 & 10 Partial Guidelines, the law or regulations should prohibit or restrict the use of ingredients used to increase palatability such as other flavorings (not covered above) in cigarettes.

Ingredients that facilitate nicotine uptake

Examples include: ammonia.

Allowed
Analysis

The law authorizes the Ministry of Health to regulate ingredients; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. Therefore, the use of ingredients in cigarettes that facilitate nicotine uptake is allowed.

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

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.

Allowed
Analysis

The law authorizes the Ministry of Health to regulate ingredients; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. 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 or regulations should prohibit the use of ingredients in cigarettes that may create an impression of health benefits.

Ingredients associated with energy and vitality

Examples include: caffeine, guarana, taurine and glucuronolactone.

Allowed
Analysis

The law authorizes the Ministry of Health to regulate ingredients; however, such regulations have not yet been issued. 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.