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Recommendations to the European Commission implementing a priority list of additives that should have more stringent reporting requirements: the opinion of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR)
  1. Peter Hoet1,
  2. Konrad Rydzynski1,
  3. Theo Vermeire1,
  4. Urmila Nair2,
  5. Reinskje Talhout2,
  6. Emanuela Testai1,
  7. SCENIHR secretariat3
  1. 1 Member of the SCENIHR in the SCENIHR working group on tobacco additives, SCENIHR, Luxembourg, Europe
  2. 2 External expert in the SCENIHR working group on tobacco additives, SCENIHR, Luxembourg, Europe
  3. 3 SCENIHR secretariat, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  1. Correspondence to SCENIHR secretariat, European Commission, Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, L-2920 Luxembourg,Luxembourg; SANTE-C2-SCHEER{at}ec.europa.eu

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The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) identified a list of 48 single chemicals relevant for the priority list of additives used in tobacco products. Within the list, SCENIHR attempted to indicate as far as possible rankings of additives and provide an explanation for its ranking.

The EU Tobacco Products Directive

The European Commission's Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU (TPD)1 came into force in 2014 and lays out rules governing the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products, including cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, cigars, cigarillos, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes and herbal products for smoking. It strengthens the rules regarding the reporting on ingredients contained in tobacco products and regulates permissible additives (or levels thereof) to improve the functioning of the internal market while guaranteeing a high level of public health. Articles 6 and 7 specifically focus on additivesi to tobacco products. More in detail article 7 lists prohibition of specific tobacco products, among which

  1. tobacco products with a characterising flavour (Art 7 (1))

  2. tobacco products containing the following additives2 (Art 7 (6)):

    1. vitamins or other additives that create the impression that a tobacco product has a health benefit or presents reduced health risks;

    2. caffeine or taurine or other additives and stimulant compounds that are associated with energy and vitality;

    3. additives with colouring properties for emissions;

    4. for tobacco products for smoking, additives that facilitate inhalation or nicotine uptake;

    5. additives that have carcinogenic, mutagenic and reproductive toxicity (CMR) properties in unburnt form.

  3. tobacco products containing additives in quantities that increase the toxic or addictive effect, or the CMR properties of a tobacco product at the stage of consumption to a significant or measurable degree (Art 7 (9)).

In line with Article 6 of the TPD, more stringent reporting obligations, in the form of comprehensive studies, will apply for additives placed on …

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