The 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 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 not the same as smoke constituents. Tobacco ingredients added to tobacco during manufacturing and have a specific function in the final product. Smoke constituents are formed by the burning of the tobacco.
Some important considerations about ingredients
- In Britsh American Tobacco's view, based on the currently available scientific evidence, the ingredients that our companies use, at the levels used, do not add to the harm of tobacco consumption, do not induce people to start smoking and do not affect people's ability to quit.
- There is no evidence that smoking cigarettes without ingredients reduces the health risks. There is no such thing as a safe cigarette.
- Tobacco products are not “spiked” with nicotine.
- Ingredients are not added to increase the amount of nicotine in cigarette smoke, or to increase the amount or speed of nicotine absorbed into the smoker’s body.
- Ingredients are not added to make cigarettes appealing to children. The ingredients in some cigarettes do include sugars, cocoa and fruit extracts, but they blend with tobacco, making a characteristic tobacco taste distinct from the effect these ingredients have on foods.