The ingredients are added-in to manufacturing procedure in order to create a unique particularity for each tobacco product.
Several ingredients have been added to tobacco since the 16th century. For example, Spanish sailors believed that having added liquorice to tobacco would help a better preservative.
Ingredients added to tobacco products are not the same as smoke constituents. The ingredients are added-in to manufacturing procedure in order to create a unique particularity for each tobacco product. Smoke constituents are formed during the burning process of a tobacco product.
Food-type ingredients and flavourings are used in order to balance the natural taste of tobacco products. This replaces an amount of sugar lost in the curing process and gives individual brands their characteristic. Other ingredients have technological functions such as moisture control, protecting against microbial degradation, affecting burn rates and acting as binders or fillers.
Governments of countries such as the UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France, and Canada have legislation or voluntary agreements that govern the ingredients that may or may not be used in tobacco products.
We fully comply with such legislation or voluntary agreements in such countries, and for countries without legislation, a uniform standard is applied across the Group based on the laws and scientific standards typically applied to foodstuffs.
Whenever the Government worries about a certain component, we will closely coordinate with the authorities, for instance the Department of Health (UK) for clarification.
British American Tobacco has Group-wide procedures to ensure that, to the best of its ability, ingredients used in companies' products do not present any additional health risks.
Some important considerations about ingredients:
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