Daily Archives: May 4, 2009

Instead of tobacco - salt and pepper

Topics of smoking often related designers . While projects they create quite a sensible way - do not call for smokers to quit, but those who do not smoke - smoking. How to apply to such projects, each addressing himself designers importantly - to realize his idea. In fact, with the Cigarettes it is not so straight.

BAT reinforce fears of smuggling Cigarettes

Smuggling of Cigarettes from Eastern Europe could soon worsen. This view of management department of German tobacco group “British American Tobacco” (BAT). This writes the “Deutsche Presseagentur” (DPA).

Life Cycle Analysis

Traditionally, there has been a lack of knowledge about the full environmental impacts of product and packaging design decisions because tools to measure and understand these impacts were not generally available or used.

Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production

SRTP addresses the social and environmental issues associated with leaf growing and processing, and reaches around 300,000 farmers who supply all the leaf we buy. The programme covers many topics including good agricultural practices; appropriate use of agrochemicals; environmental, occupational health and safety standards; farmers’ standard of living; child labour; and afforestation initiatives.
In 2008, we undertook a review of SRTP, which identified a number of areas for improvement. Based on the results, peuple have developed a revised SRTP programme, in conjunction with an independent consultancy LeafTc. The changes include the addition of a section that addresses impacts that could contribute to climate change such as greenhouse gas emissions as well as streamlining the system to make it easier to use for all involved.
Each year there is a selection of on-site visits to leaf suppliers. These reviews are carried out for us by LeafTc. In 2008, there were 17 SRTP
reviews in nine countries. By 31 December 2008, 92 per cent of the 96 operations of our More information on BEST tobacco leaf suppliers had been reviewed at and SRTP is available at least once. In 2009, 23 reviews are planned www.bat.com/tobacco in 15 countries. Stakeholders have told us that they would like to see more transparency around the criteria for assessing and scoring the performance of our suppliers within our SRTP programme. So, for the first time, we have published our leaf suppliers’ average scores in our reviews.
These are outlined in the charts below. Scores have continually improved over a number of years. In the past, we have shared our SRTP programme with others within the industry and it has been taken up by a number of other manufacturers. To further increase transparency and to promote best practice outside our own sector, we have asked LeafTc to make the details and review criteria of our SRTP programme, including the roadmaps and scoring criteria.
In 2008, in line with our commitment in last year’s Report, we began work to create a global centre of excellence in agronomy as we aim to become farmers’ preferred choice of leaf purchaser. This centre will be an extension of our existing Leaf Research and Technology Centre and plant breeding facility in Brazil, currently serving our Latin American and Caribbean markets, and will be extended to provide global support. It provides farmers with access to new varieties of tobacco seed and new technology, such as ways of reducing dependency on wood fuel, and shares good agricultural practices. Having access to the latest technology gives local farmers a competitive edge. During 2009, we will focus on building the centre’s global support capacity and we expect it to be fully functioning by 2010.

Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

Solutions to the problem will vary by country as the problem manifests itself differently. For that reason, our work to address the issue is specifically targeted.
The governments that are Parties to the FCTC are developing a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products aimed at creating an international regulatory framework for addressing this global problem. The Protocol will have to be ratified by the Parties, following which it will be a legally binding treaty for implementation into their national laws.
We support the development of a Protocol since it should help to provide international standards for the measures needed to more successfully address a problem that is affecting a significant and growing number of countries around the world. We welcome the inclusion in the draft Protocol of provisions to ensure that all manufacturers conform to an international standard for tracking and tracing the movements of their own products, without prescribing a specific technology. This flexibility is vital to ensure that each government can determine requirements
that are appropriate to its local circumstances, and to ensure that all manufacturers, large and small, are able to meet the international standards to be set by the Protocol. To meet the intended Protocol requirements, and to meet the needs of early adopter governments and
regions, such as the European Union, they are working to enhance existing track and trace capability. During 2008, we established a global track and trace project team to put in place operational and technical systems that will meet the evolving track and trace standards which
are likely to be required by the Protocol.
The project will enable the tracking of our tobacco products from our warehouses to the point where they are sold to the first external customers.

Anti-illicit trade activities

Illicit trade in cigarettes is a huge global problem, which is expected to grow as future excise increases encourage consumers to switch to cheaper products and provide greater rewards for criminals. Based on estimates prepared by our companies, global illicit cigarette volumes are approximately 300 billion cigarettes per year, representing some 6 per cent of total world cigarette consumption, and are expected to rise.
Based on our estimates, annual losses to governments around the world are approximately £11 billion (and some, such as the Framework Convention Alliance, estimate US$40–50 billion annual tax revenue is lost) and legitimate manufacturers are losing more than £2 billion per year, with our share of the industry loss being around £800 million per year.

Officials ordered to buy cigarettes

Smoking can fire up the local economy, believes a county government in Hubei province that has issued an edict to civil servants requiring them to consume 23,000 cartons of locally made cigarettes a year.

Lawmakers scramble to resolve tobacco issue

The brouhaha over the anti-smoking Measure 3 continued Friday while lawmakers looked for ways to come to a compromise and a proposed constitutional amendment sold as an alternative to the voter-approved ballot initiative got another legislative makeover.

Good public policy not shenanigans

The Forum’s Thursday editorial, “ND voters were clear on tobacco” is exactly right. The North Dakota House should have passed the Senate bill that implemented and funded Measure 3.