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Tobacco Analysis

Tobacco is an agricultural product which is processed from the leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. 

The cultivation, curing, and production of various tobacco products is a science in itself. Tobacco is used worldwide in many forms but its most popular use in cigarettes. Due to the addictive tendency of tobacco and hazardous properties of the constituents in cigarettes as well as its smoke, some countries are tightening regulations.  

In 2009 the United States passed the “Family Smoking Control Act”, which allows the US FDA to lower the amount of nicotine in tobacco products, ban candy flavorings that appeal to children, and block misleading labels such as Low Tar and Light. The law does not permit the FDA to ban nicotine or tobacco outright, but the agency will be able to regulate what goes into tobacco products, make public the ingredients in tobacco products, and prohibit marketing campaigns geared towards children. All tobacco manufacturers, including overseas manufacturers, selling tobacco products in the United States must abide by this law. The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory has drafted a list of 100+ harmful and potentially harmful constituents in tobacco which will be submitted to the U.S. Commissioner of Food and Drugs.  

Dionex provides system and application solutions for many extraction and analytical needs, and our instrumentation and methods are currently being used by government agencies, university research departments, and tobacco companies.

Our IC system enable testing of carbohydrates, alditols, nitrate, nitrite, chromium, lead, nickel, and arsenic, while our UltiMate® HPLC system can perform analysis of acrylamide, phenols, and many more compounds.