Last updated: December 8, 2022
“Ingredient” means any substance or constituent except for tobacco leaf or other natural or unprocessed parts of the tobacco plant used in the manufacture or preparation of a tobacco product and still present in the finished product. This applies to substances and constituents in both altered and unaltered form, including paper, filter, inks and adhesives.
The definition of "ingredient" is significant because the law requires manufacturers and importers to annually report on the quantity and quality of the ingredients included in their tobacco products.
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)
"Characteristic flavoring" means a clearly distinguishable aroma or taste other than tobacco as a result of additives or a combination of additives, such as fruit, spices, herbs, alcohol, candy, menthol, or vanilla, and that is perceptible before or during consumption of the product.
The definition of "characteristic flavoring" is significant because the law prohibits cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco with characteristic flavorings.