The tobacco industry of China, in a process of modernization of tobacco agriculture under the auspices of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA) since 2007, is exploring ways of lean production of leaf tobacco to meet the trend of sweeping changes.
While speaking at a national leaf tobacco work symposium held in Beijing on November 14, 2013, STMA deputy director-general He Zehua made specific references to leaf tobacco production in 2014, saying that efforts would be made to promote the quality of both the leaf tobacco and the production technology this year, under the guiding principle of lean production.
STMA has overseen the process of modernization of Chinese tobacco agriculture since 2007. Over the past seven years or so, the country’s tobacco industry gave great importance to the building of infrastructure facilities, improving its hardware and actively promoting measure to foster its development. During this period, the tobacco industry underwent
In a modern, enlightened world a commitment to harm reduction in the tobacco industry should be paramount. This not only applies to people who work in the industry, but to all parties, from scientists and health professionals to pressure groups and governments. All have a responsibility to ensure a regulatory and social environment in which new, safer products can reach the market.
“If nicotine could be provided in a form that is acceptable and effective as a cigarette substitute, millions of lives could be saved.”
Millions of people legally choose to consume tobacco products. Their health and safety should come first. Millions more depend on the industry for their livelihoods, including many low income workers in some of the most deprived areas of the world. The only reasonable, ethical approach is to promote and support scientific research into making products safer.
Two recent regulatory decisions in Europe, and the US and even bigger rulings to come in the next few months, mean 2014 could be a defining year for the e-cigarette industry. And as the political and social climates take shape, the big tobacco companies have been very active, rapidly increasing their stake in the nascent sector.
In December, New York City passed a bill that bans e-cigarette in restaurants, bars and clubs, bringing their use into line with the same restrictions placed on smokers of regular cigarettes. History has shown that where New York leads on this type of legislation, the rest of the country follows. After the city’s ban on regular cigarettes in places of work was enacted in 2003, the practice soon became common across the US.
The anticipated EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which was hammered out recently between the European Commission, Parliament and Council, has been criticized by the cigarette industry. The new measures are amendments to the existing directive, and bring in a new raft of controls. They are touted to be ratified “by May” and enforced this year.
“Many of the measures of the revised TPD are disproportionate and are a threat to the internal market”
European Union MP Linda McAvan, who was in charge of leading negotiations, said, “The key aim of the new law is to stop tobacco companies recruiting a new generation of smokers by launching gimmicky products aimed at young people. Some of those products will disappear from the market: flavored cigarettes, perfume-style packages, which are particularly designed to attract young girls into smoking, and we will get big picture warnings on cigarettes and roll your own tobacco.
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