Presentation on theme: "TPD : A real issue for E.U Tobacco Growers A new threat over the sector and employment and employment East Poland House Conference, Brussels July 12 th."— Presentation transcript:
TPD : A real issue for E.U Tobacco Growers A new threat over the sector and employment and employment East Poland House Conference, Brussels July 12 th 2012
Tobacco Growers could be affected by: - prohibition of ingredients - banning any form of oral tobacco - introducing plain standardised packaging - ban on displays of tobacco.
European tobacco growing has already decreased by the CAP and tobacco CMO reforms 2/3 of the turnover confiscated by the phase out of EU subsidies In the absence of alternatives, strong impact on employment and rural development => The worst period for this new attack
Prohibition of ingredients : Promote proportionate measures avoiding an ideological approach with no effect on public health European tobacco growing could be particularly damaged if Burley and Oriental tobacco varieties were eliminated, considering their high level of jobs
68.000 farms concerned for more than 300.000 jobs : 13.000 family farms on Burley in 9 Member states (ITA, POL, BULG, F, SP, HUN,, ROM, PORT, BELG) 55.000 family farms on Oriental varieties in 2 countries (GR et BULG) 2 countries (GR et BULG)
Employment should remain a priority in the context of economic crisis The most vulnerable people are damaged: seasonal workers, not qualified, female,… in some of the most deprived areas in Europe
Focused measures have to be considered Ban of the use of products containing fruit flavors (grapes, cherry, peach and even banana split,…) that attract the youngest Several countries have already implemented rules (USA, AUST, FR) Educational and prevention programs for the youngest.
France : a targeted and efficient measure regarding Ingredients France adopted a Law preventing children’s smoking by prohibiting « cigarettes Bonbon » through three ingredients : - Vanilline and éthylvanilline above 0,05% - Artificial sweeteners
Oral tobacco : No Ban but marketing limitations Lift of the ban on swedish « Snus » which is a good opportunity for the best european tobaccos Promote regulation in product content to reduce toxicity and addiction
Plain packaging : a threat for tobacco growers Commodisation of tobacco products would lead to a pressure on raw material suppliers A measure that would favour illicit trade and counterfeiters
Ban on displays of tobacco Possible drop in legal sales of cigarettes, Illegal cigarettes don’t contain EU tobacco Possible distortion of the EU tobacco growing (400 thousand jobs in EU)
Unitab calls EU Institutions Unitab calls EU Institutions to avoid an ideological position, out of touch with the real world and to carefully consider the potential social and economic consequences of disproportionate regulatory measures on the sustainability of the tobacco growing sector in Europa
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