Last updated: September 17, 2019

Regulated Contents in Cigarettes

Regulatory Authority

Are contents and/or ingredients of cigarettes regulated?

Yes
Regulatory Authority

Superintendent of Public Health

Analysis

The law regulates the contents of cigarettes, including prohibiting characterizing flavors.

Are cigarette emissions regulated?

Yes
Regulatory Authority

Superintendent of Public Health

Analysis

The emissions levels from cigarettes may not exceed: 10 mg of tar per cigarette; 1 mg of nicotine per cigarette; 10 mg of carbon monoxide per cigarette.

Status of Regulated Ingredients in Cigarettes

Sugars and sweeteners (other than those added to replace sugars lost during the curing process)

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

Banned
Analysis

The placing on the market of cigarettes with a characterizing flavor is prohibited. Accordingly, sugars and sweeteners that produce a characterizing flavor are prohibited. The law further states that the use of additives “which are essential for the manufacture of tobacco products, for example sugar to replace sugar that is lost during the curing process” is allowed provided that those additives do not result in a characterizing flavor.

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
Analysis

The placing on the market of cigarettes with a characterizing flavor is prohibited. “Characterising flavour” means “a clearly noticeable smell or taste other than one of tobacco, resulting from an additive or a combination of additives, including, but not limited to . . . herbs . . . [and] menthol.” Therefore, the use of menthol, mint, and spearmint in cigarettes is banned.

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.

Spices and herbs (excluding mint)

Examples include: cinnamon and ginger.

Banned
Analysis

The placing on the market of cigarettes with a characterizing flavor is prohibited. “Characterising flavour” means “a clearly noticeable smell or taste other than one of tobacco, resulting from an additive or a combination of additives, including, but not limited to . . . spice, [and] herbs . . .” Therefore, the use of spices and herbs in cigarettes is banned.

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)

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

Banned
Analysis

The placing on the market of cigarettes with a characterizing flavor is prohibited. “Characterising flavour” means “a clearly noticeable smell or taste other than one of tobacco, resulting from an additive or a combination of additives, including, but not limited to, fruit, spice, herbs, alcohol, candy, menthol or vanilla, which is noticeable before or during the consumption of the tobacco product.” Therefore, the use of other flavorings in cigarettes is banned.

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

Examples include: ammonia.

Banned
Analysis

The placing on the market of cigarettes containing additives that facilitate inhalation or nicotine uptake is banned.

The law furthers FCTC Arts. 5.2 and 9 in that it regulates ingredients in cigarettes 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.

Banned
Analysis

The placing on the market of cigarettes containing vitamins or other additives that create the impression that a tobacco product has a health benefit or presents reduced health risks is banned.

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

Examples include: caffeine, guarana, taurine and glucuronolactone.

Banned
Analysis

The placing on the market of cigarettes containing caffeine or taurine or other additives and stimulant compounds that are associated with energy and vitality is banned.

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.

Additives having coloring properties for emissions

Banned
Analysis

The placing on the market of cigarettes containing additives having coloring properties for emissions is banned.

Additives that have CMR properties

Banned
Analysis

The placing on the market of cigarettes containing additives that have CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction) properties is banned.