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Tar and Nicotine Content Standards

| Cigarette Facts | January 8, 2015

As per the standard HS 2.3.2.0 22-95 of March, 17, 1995, the maximum allowed level of tars content in domestic cigarettes is higher yet than it is allowed by international standards. While in the rest of the world it is 15 mg/cigarette for tars and 1,3 mg/cigarette for nicotine, in domestic cigarettes, while nicotine maximum is the same, for tars it is 20 mg/cig. in filter cigarettes and 24 mg/cig. in cigarettes without filter.

May be, such a “leadership” is due to the fact that Russian smokers traditionally prefer strong cigarettes with a high tar content, “full flavour”. Among domestic brands, the most popular are cigarettes of 3 – 5 classes, rather low quality, such as “Prima”, “Pegas”, “Astra”, “Nasha Marka”. Nevertheless, domestic cigarettes of 1 – 2 classes, (“Kosmos”, “Petr I”, “Java Zolotaya”, “Soyuz Apollon” and others), many of which are produced in Russia at joint ventures with foreign funds, can compete in quality with imported cigarettes and have better sales because of their available prices. According to experts forecast, next 10 years the deal of imported cigarettes on Russian market would decrease from 1/3 to 1/5.

Concerning “light” (about 7-11 mg/cig. tars) and, more so, “superlight” (less than 7 mg/cig. tars) cigarettes that last years became popular in Europe and America, they haven’t won a wide market in Russia yet, but, as experts say, must be more popular in the nearest future.

 

Tar- and nicotine- contents in cigarettes sold in Russia
(according to JSC “Mosvneshinform” research)

 

 

Manufacturer and brand Tar content,
мg/cig.
Nicotine content,
mg/cig.
PHILIP MORRIS
Marlboro 15 1,07
Marlboro menthol 15 1,06
Marlboro lights 11 0,8
Marlboro lights Menthol 10 0,7
Apollo Soyuz 15 0,9
Eve, 120 mm 7 0,6
Parliament, 100 mm 12 0,9
Philip Morris Superlights 4 0,4
Bond Street 15 1,0
L & M 15 1,1
Multifilter, 100 mm 10 0,8
Saratoga, 120 mm 14 1,1
Muratti ambassador 10 0,8
Chesterfield 14 1,0
R.J.REYNOLDS
Winston, 79 mm, hard pack 15,0 1,08
Winston lights, 84 mm 9,1 0,70
Camel filter, 79 mm, hard pack 15,0 1,10
Camel lights, 84 mm 9,2 0,72
More menthol, 120 mm 12,4 0,93
More, 120 mm 12 0,94
Doral menthol, 84 mm 12,3 0,91
Monte Carlo, 79 mm 15,0 1,09
Monte Carlo, 84 mm 15,0 1,09
Magna, 79 mm 14,9 1,06
Magna, 84 mm 15,0 1,11
Magna menthol, 79 mm 14,6 0,95
BAT
Lucky strike 15 1,0
Kent 12 0,9
Hollywood 14 1,1
State express 555 15 1,2
State express 555 lights 12 1,1
State express 555 int. 15 1,2
Viceroy 14 1,2
Pall Mall 13 1,0
Pall Mall 100’s 15 1,2
Kim lights 8,5 0,6
Kim superlights 4 0,4
Kim menthol 8,5 0,6
HB 13 0,9
HB 100’s 14 1,0
REEMTSMA
West King size filter 13 0,9
West lights King size filter 7 0,6
West 100, soft pack 14 1,0
Astor 100 14 1,0
Davidoff magnum 13 1,2
Davidoff lights 7 0,6
Davidoff classic 13 0,9
Davidoff slim lights 7 0,6
Davidoff slim classic 10 0,8
Reemtsma R6 KS 4 0,4
Reemtsma R1 KS 2 0,2
Reemtsma R1 Minima 1 0,1
R1 slim line 6 0,6
Ernte 23 KS 13 0,8
DOMESTIC CIGARETTES
Astra (without filter) 24 1,3
Vechernije (filter) 19,5 1,3
Dymok (without filter) 21 1,0
Kosmos (filter) 20 1,0
Pegas (filter) 20 1,3
Poljot (without filter) 24 1,3
Prima (without filter) 24 1,1
Java (filter) 17 1,1

 


 

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