Touring Factories

Few cigarette factories around the world today are open to visitors.  Tobacco companies increasingly will only allow outsiders to tour their factories virtually, something that this BAT website offers.

For a better appreciation of what some factories are actually like, take a look at film footage taken by journalists having no ties to the tobacco industry.

(1) This footage was taken inside a Fortune Tobacco factory in the Philippines. In 2010, Philip Morris acquired Fortune Tobacco Corp. for an undisclosed sum, giving it control over 90 percent of the Philippines’ cigarette market.


(2) The next footage was taken in 2008 by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a non-profit independent network. It was made inside the Baltic Tobacco Factory of Kaliningrad, Russia. ICIJ has been honored for this reporting with a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism.


ICIJ shot this footage as part of reporting on cigarette smuggling. Europe is being flooded by smuggled Russian-made cigarettes worth at least $1 billion a year, and many of these cigarettes are reputed to come from this Russian factory.

Europe’s “new underground smoking trade involves only one brand, Jin Ling, which is turning up in more cities and countries across Europe every month.

Jin Ling, virtually unknown to the authorities three years ago, has grown so rapidly that law enforcement officials say it now rivals Marlboro as the top smuggled brand being seized in the European Union.

The organization behind this fast expanding black market, the Baltic Tobacco Factory (BTF) of Kaliningrad, Russia, has links to two of the world’s largest tobacco companies.”


“Made To Be Smuggled: Russian Contraband Cigarettes ‘Flooding’ EU.”  By Roman Shleynov, Stefan Candea, Duncan Campbell, Vlad Lavrov | October 19, 2008.

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