How ironic it must be to work for a tobacco company every day only to be told that smoking is not allowed inside the office.
Well, employees at Camel cigarettes located in Winston-Salem, NC will soon be forced to abide by non-smoking regulations.
You Can Smoke, Just Not in Here
Reynolds American Inc., the owner of Camel, announced on Wednesday 22nd that all smoking activities will be prohibited inside the corporate building once separate smoking rooms are added to its infrastructure.
The no-smoking zones include conference rooms, cafeterias, elevators, hallways, and on-site workout areas. Employees will also be banned from lighting a pipe, cigarette, or cigar while on the clock at their desks.
“We believe it’s the right thing to do and the right time to do it because updating our tobacco use policies will better accommodate both non-smokers and smokers who work in and visit our facilities,”
Reynolds has allowed, however, the use of other smokeless tobacco products like electronic cigarettes and snuff (sniffing tobacco).
The company currently employs over 5,000 workers, most of whom smoke on the job.
Non-smoking provisions will go into effect sometime at the beginning of 2015.
Reynolds Tries to Go the Smokeless Route
A popular limited edition cigarette known as Eclipse will continue to be available for purchase inside of Reynolds’ cafeteria. Like other tobacco alternatives, Eclipse doesn’t expel smoke. It was specifically designed with a carbon tip to keep heat and smoke trapped.
This cigarette was created as a way to reduce air pollution in closed areas and eliminate excessive ash disposal. Reynolds claims that the Eclipse also minimizes health risks associated with smoke-related diseases.
For some time now, Reynolds has been developing and testing different cigarette devices that are smoke-free, including the 1988 brand Premier.
The cigarette company obviously wants to move in a direction where smoking will no longer be looked at as a stigma in society. However, they also want to emulate smoking regulations that will benefit everyone working at the Camel headquarters.
“We’re just better aligning our tobacco use policies with the realities of what you’re seeing in society today."
What is the history of Camel?
The Camel cigarette is recognized as one of the first brands to make tobacco smoking a mainstream recreational hobby.
The cigarette was first introduced by subsidiary company R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in the early 1900s.
The Turkish-inspired logo and trademark name immediately became a big hit.
Within the first year of launching Camel, it sold over 400 million packs.
Camel attracted most smokers because it was one of the first pre-rolled and pre-packaged cigarettes ever sold on the market.
Also, the taste is very significant since it’s a mixture of Samsun and Izmir Turkish Tobacco and Virginia Tobacco. Smokers have said that the mild taste of Camels is much more appealing in comparison to other brands.
In 2013, the cigarette company celebrated Camel’s 100th birthday.
The brand has since been dominated by Reynolds’ most admired cigarette Pall Mall, which was added to the company’s list of popular cigarettes in 2004.
Although it faces competition from other packaged cigarettes like Marlboro and Newport, Camel has successfully sold over 4 trillion cigarettes within the last century, both domestically and internationally.
With tobacco companies even banning smoking in the workplace to seem more healthy, it seems that cigarettes are going to be around for a long time to come.