Cigarette Testing Laboratory
The Cigarette Testing Laboratory mainly provides analytical and advisory services to the Health Products Regulation Group, and also analytical services to the private sectors in support of the enforcement of the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act.
The Act limits the tar and nicotine yields of cigarette smoke to 10.0 mg and 1.0 mg per cigarette (with effect from 1 March 2013) for cigarettes that can be sold in Singapore. The Laboratory adopts the international ISO protocols to test for the regulatory compliance of cigarettes.
In addition, the Laboratory also provides analytical services to the Singapore Customs in the analysis of contraband tobacco under the Customs Act.
The Laboratory was designated as World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Tobacco Testing and Research in 2009. The Laboratory is also a member of the Tobacco Laboratory Network, a network established by WHO Tobacco Free Initiative in April 2005, and assists WHO to develop harmonized standards for content and emissions testing on tobacco products, pursuant to Article 9 of WHO FCTC. These collaborations provide opportunities for the Laboratory to benchmark its analytical performance with other advanced laboratories in the world.
The Laboratory is currently exploring the expansion of its scope of service to include the testing of carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke as well as side stream smoke constituents such as benzene, formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide.