Pipe Tobacco Manufacturing
Pipe tobacco is manufactured in the EU by mid-sized companies, many of which have been family-owned for generations. A large proportion of the companies have been based in the same place for the past 100 years or more and are pillars of the local community. Pipe tobacco manufacturing is more labour intensive than manufacturing other tobacco products, making these companies very significant local employers.
These artisanal and specialist companies have had to make significant investments in machinery and administrative support following the introduction of new EU legislation. The particularities of pipe tobacco and its manufacturing are often overlooked by officials and politicians. This has cost many communities much-needed employment, for example due to arduous tracking and tracing requirements that do not account for the unique production profile of pipe tobacco. This system for tackling illegal trade, which must be in place by 2024, ironically involves much higher costs for pipe tobacco, a product which is not smuggled at all.