Final opinion on Additives used in tobacco products
Final Opinion on the
Additives used in tobacco products
The European Commission and its independent Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) have published the final Opinion on Additives used in tobacco products.
This is the first of two Opinions on additives used in tobacco products. It was requested by the Commission to help with identifying additives that should be placed on the priority list foreseen in the Tobacco Products Directive.
The SCENIHR identified 48 single chemicals to be placed on the priority list. These compounds were selected because they have or are suspected to have one or more of the following properties:
- toxicity in unburned form (including carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction)
- facilitating inhalation or increasing nicotine uptake, which may contribute to addictiveness
- characterising flavour, one of the factors potentially contributing to attractiveness
- formation of any kind of toxic chemicals after combustion
The full list and details about how and why single compounds were selected for the priority list can be found in the Opinion.
The second Opinion, to be published later this year, aims to help with the development of guidelines for types of studies and their criteria that should be requested by manufacturers to assess the relevance of the individual additives.