Have you ever wondered how the companies that actually manufacture cigarettes and other tobacco and smoking products treat the habit of smoking on their own premises? Well, it seems that the percentage of smokers among the employees in the cigarette producing companies is in line with that in the overall population and thus the companies are adopting policies with regards to smoking on-site which reflect the realities witnessed in today’s society when it comes to smoking.
For example, the biggest cigarette maker in the US, Philip Morris, owned by the Altria Group and based in Richmond, Virginia, does not allow smoking on factory floors and in places like lifts or hallways. The company has designated smoking areas in office buildings, conference areas and cafeterias, however, employees with separate offices can still smoke in them.
On the other hand, the second-biggest tobacco company in the US, Reynolds American, which manufactures the Camel and Pall Mall cigarette brands, as well as Grizzly smokeless tobacco and Vuse-branded electronic cigarettes through its various subsidiaries, already bans smoking on the factory floors and in the cafeterias and fitness centers at its headquarters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Moreover, the company has already informed its employees that as from early next year, 2015, the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes will no longer be permitted at employee desks or offices, conference rooms, hallways and lifts. The policy will come into effect as soon as designated indoor smoking areas are built by the company, which is however determined to implement the ban as it considers that “updating our tobacco use policies will better accommodate both non-smokers and smokers who work in and visit our facilities.”
While banning smoking, Reynolds will however continue to allow the use of smokeless tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, moist snuff and pouches of finely milled tobacco called snus, and of course it will also still permit the use of Eclipse, its own brand that is actually one of the top-selling brands in the company’s cafeteria, although it is currently in limited distribution. Since its first release in the mid-1990s, the eclipse is a unique cigarette brand that heats tobacco instead of burning it, thanks to its special carbon tip, thus rendering it a smokeless product that can be smoked indoors.