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Reducing Environmental Impact - U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company

All of the tobacco we use in our products is grown on farms in the United States. Some of the families from whom we buy our tobacco have been growing it for generations.

As a company closely connected to the land, we feel an obligation to be good environmental stewards and look for opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of our products and our facilities.

We’ve adopted policies that provide specific environmental guidance for employees. These policies address topics including air emissions; environmental assessment; hazardous materials; and waste, wastewater and storm water management.

We have a variety of efforts designed to reduce our impact on the environment. Here are a few examples:

Investing to Make a Long-term Impact

For years, coal-fired boilers helped fuel our Nashville production facility. As part of our effort to reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions, we looked for alternatives. In 2014, we removed these boilers and installed cleaner-burning natural gas boilers. Long-term, this will significantly reduce our Scope 1 emissions.

Working with Tobacco Growers to Reduce Environmental Impact

Each year we buy millions of pounds of tobacco from U.S. farmers, primarily from the Southeast. Through our direct contracting program, known as the Tobacco Leaders Program, we encourage consistent high-quality tobacco, innovation, efficiency and open communications with growers. We’ve established specific Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to encourage the growth of quality tobacco under conditions that help to reduce environmental impact.

USSTC works with tobacco growers to:

  • promote the production of high-quality tobacco using responsible environmental and labor management practices;
  • encourage innovation on the farm for greater efficiency and improved quality; and
  • understand the challenges growers face and advance solutions that make sense both for growers and our business.
To help growers contribute to these efforts, we helped fund a GAP Handbook, which contains detailed practices for each principle, user-friendly recording sections to capture key production information, and additional recommendations for online resources that support good agricultural practices.

Long-Term Environmental Goals

Altria Group, our parent company, has set long-term environmental goals designed to reduce its companies’ environmental impact. We play an important role in achieving those goals.

  • Reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Cut absolute energy use by 10 percent.
  • Send 95 percent of facility waste for recycling or beneficial use.
  • Achieve 50 percent water neutrality.
  • Reduce packaging materials by 5 million pounds.

GAP Principles


  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Nutrient Management
  • Crop and Operation Management
  • Curing and Barn Management
  • Non-Tobacco Related Materials Management
  • On-Farm Tobacco Storage


  • Soil and Water Management
  • Agrochemical Management
  • Woodlot Management (International only)


  • Laws and Regulations
  • Farm Labor-Related Resources
  • Farm Safety and Worker Training

Green Tobacco Sickness

Altria and its tobacco companies have taken steps to better educate and inform growers about Green Tobacco Sickness. Learn more

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