british american tobacco nigeria - Ingredients



IngredientThe ingredients used in some cigarettes are the subject of much debate and are often misunderstood. What are cigarette ingredients and what are some of the key questions frequently raised about them?

What are ingredients?

Ingredients have been added to tobacco since the 16th century. For example, Spanish sailors are believed to have added liquorice to tobacco as a preservative. Tobacco ingredients are added by the manufacturer and have a specific function in the final product. Smoke constituents are not the same as ingredients; smoke constituents are not added by the manufacturer but form when tobacco burns.

Why are ingredients used?

Food-type ingredients and flavourings are added to balance the natural tobacco taste, to replace natural occurring sugars lost in the curing process, and to give individual brands their characteristic flavour and aroma. Other ingredients have technological functions such as controlling moisture, protecting against microbial degradation, and acting as binders or fillers.

How are they regulated?

Many Governments have legislation or voluntary agreements, which list the ingredients that may or may not be used in tobacco products. British American Tobacco Nigeria complies fully with the laws and agreements.on regulations.

What about trade secrets?

As with many consumer products, precise flavourings used in individual brands are valuable trade secrets protected from competitors.

While tobacco companies maintain commercial confidentiality, we co-operate with governments in providing the information they need for regulatory assessment and we publish information about ingredients of these flavourings to provide quantitative information about them without compromising proprietary information.

There are Group-wide procedures to ensure, to the best of our ability, that ingredients used in our companies’ products do not present any additional health risks.

Misconceptions about ingredients

Ingredients are not added to increase the amount of nicotine in cigarette smoke. 

Tobacco products are not 'spiked' with nicotine. 

Ingredients do not make it easier for people to start smoking, or influence a decision to quit. 

Ingredients are not added to make cigarettes appealing to children, and there is no evidence whatsoever that they have this effect. The ingredients in some types of cigarettes include sugars, cocoa and fruit extracts but they do not create a sweet, chocolate-like or fruity taste in the smoke. They blend with tobacco, making a characteristic tobacco taste distinct from the effect these ingredients have in foods.

www.bat-ingredients.com  Opens in new window offers ingredients information for products sold by British American Tobacco Group companies.


Page last updated: 21/07/2010 15:59:20 GMT