tocacco plant Native American Tobaccoo flower, leaves, and buds

tocacco Tobacco is an annual or bi-annual growing 1-3 meters tall with large sticky leaves that contain nicotine. Native to the Americas, tobacco has a long history of use as a shamanic inebriant and stimulant. It is extremely popular and well-known for its addictive potential.

tocacco nicotina Nicotiana tabacum

tocacco Nicotiana rustica leaves. Nicotiana rustica leaves have a nicotine content as high as 9%, whereas Nicotiana tabacum (common tobacco) leaves contain about 1 to 3%

tocacco cigar A cigar is a tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco which is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth. Cigar tobacco is grown in significant quantities in Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Sumatra, Philippines, and the Eastern United States.

tocacco Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. It can be consumed, used as an organic pesticide, and in the form of nicotine tartrate it is used in some medicines. In consumption it may be in the form of cigarettes smoking, snuffing, chewing, dipping tobacco, or snus.

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Collaborations with tobacco suppliers

In 2008, we established a number of collaborations with our materials suppliers as part of our Life Cycle Analysis work, including carrying out sustainability studies with several suppliers of components such as packaging, printing materials, tow and carbon (both tow and carbon are
used in cigarette filters).
Collating data, measuring impacts and gaining a more detailed understanding of each process has led to positive results. For example, the replace fossil fuel derived carbon with renewable by-product derived carbon. By better understanding the process steps, we were able to eliminate a step when it was found to be redundant, creating both environmental and financial benefits.

Memorandum of Cooperation with DHL Exel
In 2008 was signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with one of key logistics partners, DHL Exel, to extend supply chain cooperation globally. This will further develop the close working relationship with DHL Exel over the past 10 years.
Areas of our future cooperation with DHL Exel may include:
- Environmental and sustainability
opportunities and initiatives;
- Sharing of supply chain best practices; and
- System innovations and factory
warehouse logistics.
Funds have been put in place to allow to explore innovation in sustainability with the aim of reducing negative impacts of our businesses.

Afforestation programmes
In some countries, wood is burned as a fuel for tobacco curing or used for building curing barns, as well as being used for other crops and building purposes. Not all tobacco farmers require wood for their operations but, where they do, we work in partnership and encourage them to source it from woodlands grown for fuel supply purposes and to plant trees to supply their own needs. However, we are working with more than 300,000 farmers so this is a difficult area to monitor.

Stakeholders have expressed concern that reliance on so many third parties providing data for wood use could mean that the data are not as robust as we would normally expect, and that this could affect the quality of decisions made based on the information.
In 2008 was appointed consultants to collect and segregate data on sources of wood used by farmers to better distinguish between ‘own managed’, ‘supplier managed’ and ‘community afforestation’, which will be verified by the British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership. This data will help us to more accurately calculate the carbon impacts in our supply chain on which we base some of our decisions and will support our aim of farmers having less than 3 per cent reliance for curing fuels on natural forest by 2015. In 2008, our companies have reported that 3.7 per cent of wood fuel for tobacco curing was sourced from natural forest.

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