2.G(b) - Other Product use: Tobacco

Last updated on 18 Mar 2020 09:26 (cf. Authors)

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In this sub-category of 2.G(b) - Other product use: Tobacco Germany reports NOx, NH3, NMVOC, TSP, PM10, PM2.5, Cd, Co, Cu, Ni, Zn, Benzo(a)pyrene (B[a]P), Benzo(b)fluoranthene (B[b]F), Benzo(k)fluoranthene (B[k]F), Indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene (I[1,2,3-c,d]P), PAH 1-4 and PCDD/F emissions from the smoking of cigarettes and cigars.

NFR-Code Name of Category Method AD EF Key Category 1
2.G(b) Other Product use: Tobacco T2 NS CS/D see superordinate chapter


Statistical data on imports, exports and production of tobacco, cigarettes and cigars are used as activity data (consumption = import + production - export). The sold amounts of cigarettes have been relatively constant since 1990.

For the emission factors, a study was made and published in October 2016 "Entwicklung von Methoden zur Berechnung von Emissionen von Luftschadstoffen aus der Verwendung von Holzkohle, Tabak, Feuerwerk und Kerzen sowie aus dem Entfachen von Brauchtumsfeuern" from Nicola Toenges-Schuller et al., AVISO GmbH, for the Umweltbundesamt Germany. Based on this study, most of the EFs are an average value from different studys.

Table 1: Applied emission factors
Value Unit Data source
NOx 1.8 kg/t tobacco EMEP/EEA 2013
NMVOC 9.56 kg/t tobacco average value
NH3 5.33 kg/t tobacco average value
CO 112.51 kg/t tobacco average value
TSP/PM10/PM2.5 18.85 kg/t tobacco average value
BC 0.074 kg/t tobacco average value
Cd 0.0054 kg/t tobacco EMEP/EEA 2013
Cu 5.4 g/t tobacco EMEP/EEA 2013
Ni 2.7 g/t tobacco EMEP/EEA 2013
Zn 2.16 g/t tobacco average value
PCDD/F 0.1 µg/t tobacco EMEP/EEA 2013
B[a]P 0.21 g/t tobacco average value
B[b]F 0.26 g/t tobacco average value
B[k]F 0.26 g/t tobacco average value
I[1,2,3-c,d]P 0.42 g/t tobacco average value


As every year, the preliminary activity data derived from the Federal Statistical Office (DESTATIS: Statistisches Bundesamt) of the last year were updated.

For more information on recalculated emission estimates for base year and 2017, please see the pollutant specific recalculation tables following chapter 8.1 - Recalculations.

Planned improvements

UBA is in the process of checking the activity data. It seems that there may be an overestimation of the emissions because of wrong activity data. Results are expected for the next Submission.

1. EMEP/EEA air pollutant emission inventory guidebook 2016, Copenhagen, 2016.
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