Other Tobacco Products

McKinney Specialty Labs routinely tests HPHCs in tobacco filler and smoke for roll your own (RYO) products as well as Waterpipe (Hookah or Shisha). McKinney Specialty Labs has validated, accredited methods to test for the compounds on the FDA’s abbreviated list of HPHCs.


Our scientists’ thorough knowledge of FDA HPHCs in tobacco and smoke has allowed for quick and robust method transfer to cigar and pipe tobacco to meet the requirements of the FDA’s regulations.

McKinney Specialty Labs has validated methods for the following HPHCs in waterpipe:

  • TNCO
  • Metals
  • Carbonyls
  • TSNAs
  • Benzo[a]pyrene
  • Phenols
  • pH
  • Volatile Organic Compounds

Testing Details

In addition to HPHC testing, we also have methods in place for routine product testing, including methods for product moisture, menthol, physical properties, and cut width testing.

HPHCs in Roll Your Own Tobacco and Filler
Method Description
AM-031 TSNAs in Tobacco by LC/MS-MS: NNK, NNN
AM-052 Metals by ICP/MS : Arsenic, Cadmium
AM-072 Nicotine Content in Tobacco GC-FID
AM-115 Ammonia in Tobacco by HPLC