Under the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), manufacturers and importers of tobacco products must “carry out comprehensive studies” on the following 15 priority additives used in cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco:

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

This list was drawn up by SCHEER’s predecessor, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), in January 2016, the additives being chosen (i) on the basis of their toxicity, (ii) because they were considered to be ‘characterising flavours’ (that might contribute to the attractiveness of the product),and/or (iii) because of their potential to facilitate nicotine uptake (contributing to addictiveness). SCHEER has assessed the existing data gaps and put forward a step-wise strategy for the evaluation of each additive.

Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (2016). Opinion on additives used in tobacco products (opinion 2). Tobacco Additives II. Final. https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/scientific_committees/scheer/docs/scheer_o_001.pdf


The above items were taken from the January/February 2017 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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