Last updated: March 10, 2020

Key Terms


Term Defined

“Ingredient of tobacco and tobacco products” means any substance or constituent except for tobacco used in the manufacturing or preparation of tobacco product and still present in the finished product even if in altered form, including paper, filter, inks and adhesives.


The definition of “ingredient” is significant because the law grants authority to the Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority to regulate contents and ingredients of cigarettes. The Authority, however, has not issued such regulations.

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)