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Public Health (20-07-2015)

Preliminary Opinion on Additives used in tobacco products

Today, the European Commission and its independent Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) publish their preliminary Opinion on Additives used in tobacco products.

This Opinion is the first Opinion in a series of two on additives used in tobacco products. The first Opinion aims to assist the Commission in identifying the additives that should be put on the priority list, as foreseen in the Tobacco Products Directive, because of their properties that contribute to a product’s toxicity or addictiveness, result in a characterising flavour, facilitate inhalation or nicotine uptake, and/or lead to the formation of substances that have carcinogenic, mutagenic properties or that are toxic for reproduction.

The second Opinion will address guidelines for the type and criteria for studies that should be requested from manufacturers to assess the relevance of the individual additives.

Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the scientific evidence online before 6 September 2015.

Background

In 2014 the EU adopted the Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) strengthening the rules on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products.

Article 7 of Directive 2014/40/EU foresees the prohibition of tobacco products with particular types of additives, e.g. vitamins, caffeine or taurine, additives with colouring properties for emissions, and additives that facilitate inhalation or nicotine. Moreover, in line with Article 6 the Commission has to develop and update a priority list of at least 15 additives contained in cigarettes and roll your own tobacco by May 2016. This first scientific Opinion identifies the additives that should be put on the priority list.

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