On the 17th of December 2014, the headspace gas chromatography/mass spectrometry testing method for the determination of residual solvents in the paper used in cigarette was issued, the standard number is YC/T 207-2014. It came into force on the 15th of January, the old standard YC/T 207-2006) has been withdrawn.
Changes to the VOCs
VOC is the abbreviation of volatile organic compounds. The definition of VOC is not the same in different standards, the most common consensus of VOC refers to those chemicals where the boiling point is equal to or lower than 250 ℃.
The test requirement in YC/T 207-2006 refers to 16 types of VOC compounds ,but in YC/T 207-2014 this has been increased to 25, there are also different thresholds according to the types and uses of the wrapping papers.
Details are as follow:
Hazards of VOC
VOCs harm people’s health. It evaporates slowly and is not obvious, but when it reaches a certain concentration, in a short time people will experience headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, when serious , it may cause convulsions, coma, and will damage the liver, kidney, brain and nervous system, causing memory loss and other serious consequences.