What should be concerned about tipping paper production?

The quality standards of our tipping (base) paper



Tipping paper is a specialized type of paper used in the manufacturing of cigarette filters. It plays a significant role in a cigarette’s aesthetics, branding, and functionality.

Here is an article that summarizes its main features in the cigarette industry:


But now, let’s go deeper, seeing what quality standards are applied during the tipping paper production.



The quality standards for tipping paper are crucial to ensure that the final product meets regulatory and consumer expectations. Here are some key quality standards for tipping paper:

  1. Porosity: Tipping paper should have controlled porosity to ensure an even and consistent draw when a cigarette is smoked. This quality is crucial for consumer satisfaction.
  1. Weight and Thickness: Tipping paper should have a specific weight and thickness, which can vary depending on the brand and type of cigarette. Consistency in these parameters is vital for the overall quality of the product.
  1. Permeability: Tipping paper should have controlled permeability to allow for the diffusion of air and other gases during smoking, contributing to a smooth and even burn.
  1. Moisture Resistance: Tipping paper should have a certain degree of moisture resistance to protect the integrity of the cigarette and maintain its quality during storage and transportation.
  1. Color and Aesthetics: The appearance of the tipping paper is essential for branding and visual appeal. It should meet the color and design specifications of the brand and be free of defects or discoloration.
  1. Print Quality: Any branding or graphic elements printed on the tipping paper should be sharp, legible, and consistent in color.
  1. Odor and Taste: Tipping paper should not introduce any undesirable odors or tastes to the cigarette when smoked.
  1. Regulatory Compliance: Tipping paper should adhere to all relevant regulations and standards, such as those related to materials, chemicals, and safety.
  1. Manufacturability: The paper should be suitable for high-speed cigarette manufacturing processes, including wrapping, cutting, and perforation.
  1. Batch Consistency: Manufacturers must maintain batch-to-batch consistency to ensure that all produced tipping paper meets the same quality standards.
  1. Materials: Tipping paper may contain various materials, including base paper, printing inks, adhesives, and sometimes flavoring agents. All of these materials should comply with safety regulations and not pose health risks.
  1. Environmental Impact: Tipping paper manufacturers should adhere to environmental standards and consider sustainability in their processes and materials used.

Above are the general requirements for finished printing tipping paper. As a professional specialty paper manufacturer, Jinfeng produces tipping base paper rather than printed ones.



So let’s see the specific data on quality control:

  1. Basis Weight: Tipping base paper should have a consistent basis weight, which is the weight of a unit area of paper, typically measured in grams per square meter (g/m²). The basis weight is chosen based on the desired density of the filter and the cigarette brand’s specifications.

For example, according to our domestic standard, the grammage range is set to (29.0-40.0) ± 5% gsm.

  1. Porosity and Airflow: Tipping base paper should have controlled porosity and airflow characteristics to allow for the desired filtration properties and draw resistance. This contributes to the overall smoking experience.
  1. Filtration Efficiency: The base paper should meet specific filtration efficiency standards to filter out particulate matter and reduce the levels of harmful constituents in the smoke.
  1. Wet Strength: Tipping base paper should have sufficient wet strength to maintain its integrity when exposed to moisture, such as saliva during smoking.
  1. Color and Aesthetics: The appearance of tipping base paper should be uniform and consistent, free of defects, and meet the branding and visual requirements of the cigarette product.

Color Fastness: No fading after soaking for 2 hours (yellow tipping base paper).

  1. Printability: Some tipping base paper may include printed branding or design elements. If so, the print quality should be high, with sharp, legible graphics, and consistent color.
  1. Odor and Taste: The base paper should not introduce undesirable odors or tastes to cigarette smoke.
  1. Batch Consistency: Manufacturers should maintain consistency from batch to batch to ensure that all produced base paper meets the same quality standards.

For instance, the color difference △E of the same paper batch should be lower than 2.0

  1. Regulatory Compliance: Tipping base paper should adhere to relevant regulations and standards, including those related to materials, chemicals, and safety.
  1. Materials and Additives: The base paper may include additives to enhance its performance. These additives should be safe for human consumption and comply with relevant safety regulations.

Hygiene standard:

Item Unit Requirements
As mg/kg ≤ 1.0
Pb mg/kg ≤ 5.0
Total number of colonies CFU/g ≤ 200
  1. Sustainable Practices: Many manufacturers aim to use sustainable materials and production processes, considering environmental factors.
  1. Manufacturability: The base paper should be suitable for high-speed cigarette filter manufacturing processes, including cutting, wrapping, and shaping.

Please note the specific quality standards for tipping base paper may vary based on the requirements of cigarette manufacturers and regional regulations. We have our internal quality control procedures to ensure the base paper meets each specific need.

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