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Re: What are the general ingredients of chewing tobacco

Date: Wed Mar 7 17:32:38 2001
Posted By: Phyllis Stumbo, Staff, Nutrition, University of Iowa
Area of science: Agricultural Sciences
ID: 982569205.Ag

There are many ingredients added to tobacco, salt is a primary ingredient added to chewing tobacco. The exact list of ingredients is a trade secret by manufacturers, but there are listings of all possible ingredients available on the internet and some manufacturer’s provide detailed information, especially about cigarettes. For example, the following is a list of ingredients in American cigarettes (in addition to tobacco and water) which gives you an idea of possible ingredients. There are flavoring ingredients and preservatives used to enhance the product. (It is easier to find information about cigarettes than smokeless tobacco.)

Ingredients in one American Brand Cigarette: Propylene Glycol, Glycerol, Honey, Brown Sugar, Invert Sugar Syrup, Diammonium Phosphate, Licorice, Ammonium Hydroxide, Cellulose Fiber, Specially Denatured Alcohol No.4, Chocolate Liquor, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Artificial Flavors

You can find an exhaustive list of ingredients that may be used in cigarettes and smokeless tobacco at the website: TIcig_ingred_summary.asp. Scroll down the list to find this paragraph:

Click here to view the full 1999 list of tobacco ingredients used by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and some other cigarette manufacturers. (No single cigarette manufacturer uses all of these ingredients.) This list, which was submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), also contains information regarding the use of these ingredients in other consumer products.

Click on the words “Click here” to find an exhaustive list of possible tobacco ingredients. You may also wish to contact the company selling brands you plan to use to ask specific questions about ingredients you are concerned about.

I hope this helps in your information search.

Phyllis Stumbo
University of Iowa, U.S.A.

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