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TTB Newsletter for August 16, 2013

Greetings! We hope you are having a refreshing and brilliant week! This week's top stories include news about a TTB paper published in an international tobacco journal, our new Processing Times for Label Applications page, and a list of this week's most popular online applications at

In the TTB Newsletter, we compile the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the Federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.

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TTB's Manuscript on Tobacco Analysis Method Published in International Tobacco JournalIn 2011, TTB's Tobacco Laboratory initiated a project to develop a method for the analysis of humectants in tobacco products to be utilized for product characterization. Humectants are usually used in tobacco products to retain moisture. Typical humectants are glycerol, propylene glycol, and triethylene glycol.

Through their research, TTB chemists developed a method for humectant analysis in tobacco products using a column splitter technique for simultaneous analysis by gas chromatography with mass spectrometry and flame ionization detectors. The sensitivity of flame ionization detectors and the selectivity of mass spectrometry make this an attractive method for the analysis of tobacco humectants.

TTB chemists compiled the details and the results of their research in a manuscript titled, Quantitative Analysis of Humectants in Tobacco Products using Gas Chromatography with Simultaneous Mass Spectography and Flame Ionization Detectors. The paper was published in the June 2013 edition of the Beiträge zur Tabakforschung International/Contributions to Tobacco Research journal.


We've added a new resource to our labeling pages at! Visit our new Processing Times for Label Applications page to view the Current Label Processing Times chart, which shows up-to-date processing information for alcohol beverage label applications. Now you can use the chart to estimate when your application is likely to be processed.

We've listed the processing times for label applications by commodity, i.e., distilled spirits, malt beverages, and wine.

  • Remember: If you file through COLAs Online, it's as easy as logging into your COLAs Online account – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to check on the status of your application.


Popular Online Applications for August 5 – August 11