Cigarette and Tobacco:
Questions - Answers
Excerpts from General Information Reference Manual
Consumer Information Center
Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation,
FILTERS (Filter Composition)
"What are the fitters made of?"/"What is cellulose acetate?"
Cellulose acetate. This material is made primarily of wood fiber. It has been the predominant filter material in the industry for the last 40 years.
For TAREYTON ONLY: TAREYTON filters are made of a wood fiber material called cellulose acetate with a segment which contains charcoal particles embedded in the paper.
If asked directly: Our filters are not biodegradable. (Both cellulose acetate and TAREYTON)
INGREDIENTS (Ingredients/Processing, Tobacco General Questions)
* "What do you put in your tobacco?"
While our specific formulas for our products are proprietary and not given out, I can tell you that the primary ingredient in all of our cigarettes is tobacco, a blend of burley, flue-cured and oriental. Small amounts of flavorings are used to accent the flavor of the tobacco.
"Did you PUBLISH a LIST of your ingredients?"
Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, along with the other major US tobacco companies, disclosed a list of all ingredients found in all of their U.S.-made cigarettes.
(Only if pressed about a specific brand style say, "However, the list does not say which cigarettes or which manufacturers use each ingredient, nor does it include amounts of each ingredient. That information remains proprietary.)
"Why aren't the INGREDIENTS added to EACH BRAND listed by name and weight on the package?"
We don't believe that this would offer useful information to consumers since the listing of the major ingredients in each cigarette brand would essentially be the same for all brands.
"WHY do you add ingredients?"/ "Why are there SO MANY ingredients in cigarettes?"
Ingredients have been added to cigarettes to improve their flavor, taste and aroma for 150 years. For example, food products use many ingredients too, because a number of common flavors include individual ingredients.
"Are these INGREDIENTS HARMFUL?"
We've been submitting a list of ingredients to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services since 1986. HHS has not notified the industry of any problems with an ingredient. Also every ingredient on the list has been reviewed by an independent panel of expert toxicologists. Their conclusion was that every one of the ingredients is not harmful as added to cigarettes.
"Does BURNING AFFECT THE INGREDIENTS and make them harmful?"
Most of the ingredients simply vaporize. The ingredients that do burn are present in minuscule amounts.
"Are your FLAVORINGS actually cured into the tobacco or just added to the tobacco while it is processing?"
It is actually a combination of both. Many of the characteristics of tobacco are developed naturally through curing. However, some flavorings are added during the manufacturing process.