Non-lit testing

Essentra Laboratories provides a series of commercial tests to analyse the constituents of tobacco including cigars, Roll-Your-Own and nicotine delivery products and the physical parameters of your brand. 

Tests are divided into three ranges GOTHIATEK®, physical testing and tobacco testing.


Benzo[a]pyrene Benzo[a]pyrene
Metals Arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), lead (Pb), nickel (Ni)
Nitrite Nitrite
Volatile nitrosamines N,N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)
Tobacco specific nitrosamines (TSNAs)  

Physical testing

A comprehensive set of measurements for your brand including:

Tobacco testing

Tests are available for various types of tobacco including cigars, Roll-Your-Own (RYO) and smokeless tobacco.

A separate set of tests are available to comply with FDA regulations.

Ammonia Ammonia
Benzo[a]pyrene Benzo[a]pyrene
Eugenol Eugenol
Flavours Upon request
Humectants Glycerol, propylene glycol, triethylene glycol
Menthol Menthol
Mercury Mercury (Hg)
Metals Arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), lead (Pb), nickel (Ni), selenium (Se)
Moisture Moisture
Nicotine content (CRM62) Nicotine content (CRM62)
Nicotine and individual Alkaloids Nicotine, nornicotine, anabasine, anatabine, myosmine (GC / MS)
Nicotine and total Alkaloids Nicotine, nornicotine, anabasine, anatabine, myosmine (summed) (CFA) (ISO 15152)
Nitrate Nitrate
Nitrite Nitrite
N,N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) N,N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)
pH pH
Reducing substances As per ISO 15153 (equivalence CRM37)
Sodium propionate Sodium propionate
Sorbic acid Sorbic acid
Tobacco filling density Tobacco filling density
Tobacco shred width Tobacco shred width
Tobacco specific Nitrosamines (TSNAs) 4-(N-nitrosomethylamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK), N-nitrosonornicotine (NNN), N-nitrosoanabasine (NAB), N-nitrosoanatabine (NAT)
Triacetin Triacetin