16. Tobacco and Tobacco Products - EFRAC | Drug, Food, Gas, Proficiency Testing Laboratory
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    Tobacco and Tobacco Products

    Native to North & South America, Tobacco or Nicotiana Tabacum is the common name of several herbaceous plants in the genus Nicotiana of the family Solanaceae.

    While its use dates back to 8,000 years, its Cultivation is estimated to have begun in 5000 BC with the development of Maize-based agriculture in Central Mexico. The discovery of America by Columbus led to its spread first in Europe & then to Africa & Asia.

    Manufactured from its cured leaves, Tobacco & its Products contain the highly addictive stimulating Alkaloid, Nicotine. Inhalation or ingestion of Nicotine leads to its absorption in the blood and in large amounts, it can be poisonous.

    It also contains over 4,000 other chemical compounds. The forms of Tobacco Products include Cigarettes, Bidis, Hookah, Cigars, Traditional Chews (Khaini), Betel Quid, Zarda, and Paste (Gudakhu). Chewing Gums to help quit tobacco use containing minute quantities of Nicotine has proved popular in the Indian Market.

    The Quality & use of Tobacco & its Products is regulated by National & International Regulations such as FSSAI, IS, FDA, AOAC, DIN-EN & APHA, and FSPTCA WHO-FTC & ISO provide advisories on Tobacco Product use.

    EFRACs undertakes Quality Analysis for all Tobacco & Tobacco Products as per Domestic & International Export requirements.

    PARAMETERS

    WET CHEMISTRY:

    • Reducing Sugars • Carbohydrate • Carbohydrate / Protein Ratio • Chlorides

    OTHER PARAMETERS:

    • Physical Properties • Filling Value • Shatterability • Strip Yield • Elasticity • Texture or Porosity • Hygroscopicity • Combustibility • Total Nitrogen Count • Nicotine Content • Nitrogen / Nicotine Ratio • Reducing Sugars,  / Nicotine Ratio  • Potassium

    METHOD OF ANALYSIS

    • FSSAI Laboratory Manual • IS • ISO • AOAC • DIN EN • APHA

    INSTRUMENTS

    • HPLC • GC-FID • GC-MS • LC-MS • UPLC • ICP-MS • ICP-OES • AAS • IC • ELISA