The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) has recently been formed by merging the Scientific Committees for Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) and for Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). One of its first opinions focuses on additives in tobacco products.

In May 2016, the EC adopted a priority list of 15 additives used in cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco from a list of 48 chemicals compiled by SCENIHR. The current SCHEER opinion aims to provide guidance to manufacturers and importers on the comprehensive studies that must be conducted on these 15 additives (below), which were selected based on their toxicity, ‘characterising flavours’ (that might contribute to the attractiveness of the tobacco product) or potential to facilitate nicotine uptake (contributing to addictiveness):

  • carob bean
  • cocoa and cocoa products
  • diacetyl
  • fenugreek extract
  • fig extract
  • geraniol
  • glycerol
  • guaiacol
  • guar gum
  • liquorice
  • maltol
  • menthol
  • propylene glycol
  • sorbitol
  • titanium dioxide

Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (2016). Preliminary opinion on additives used in tobacco products (opinion 2). Tobacco Additives II.


The above items were taken from the August/September 2016 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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