Presents plan for the study, development, and approval of a new testing method for tar content in Barclay cigarettes. Includes calendar of scheduled meetings with BAT, PM, CORESTA Task Force, and ISO Technical Committee. Discusses the PM method, the CORESTA and the ISO approval processes, the approval process at the national level, and recommendations for Japan.
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Proj,~ct BAT~ -,, Key dates and strat~[ies
Acceptation by BAT during a CORESTA Task Force me~ting that
Barclay is not a one mg product. A collaborative study was
designed to test two methods:
A modified DIN method averaging the tar yield with all
channels open and all channels closed.
A new method imitating the effect of human lips to be
developed by PM and BAT.
PM m~thod approved to be part of the collaborative study,
CORESTA collaborative test to be carried out by 15 laboratories
from the industry in Europe and USA,
Compilation of data and statistical evaluation of test results
to be made by ~M Neuch~tel.
Meeting of the CORESTA Task Force in Geneva to review the test
results and decide which method will be presented at
Drafting of the new test method and of the Task Force report
to be done by Task Force No iO.
Meeting of the CORESTA Task Force (Interlaken) to approve the
Task Force report.
Meeting of the CORESTA Smoke Study Croup to approve the new
Meeting of the CORESTA Scientific Colmnlssion to accept the new
Meeting of the CORESTA Council to endorse the new CORESTA
IS0 meeting in Cuba where the CORESTA method should be approved
as draft International Standard. (Meeting of the ISO Technical
Committee, TC 126)
i. PM M#thod
This method which imltatss the effect of human lips by occluding part of
the back end of the cigarette is preferred by all Task Force members over
the DIN averaging method. It has the advantage of presenting scientific
support and avoids double testing,
The presenK SAUNA candidate has been designsd to be subjectively superior
to the Saudi Barclay at approx, equivalent DIN deliveries. At the time of
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testing, the Saudi Barclay delivered 1.6 tag (channels open) and 11.6 mg
(channels occluded) with a 6.6 mg DIN average. Today's situation is that
the present Barclay in Saudl delivers 5.3 mg DIN average indicating that
B~.W have dropped the Barclay deliveries. The new PMmethod (holder) would
yield approx. 6.7 mg for the existing Sauna candidate (versus 6.2 mg
measured using the DIN average. The present Saudl Barclay yields 5 mg
using the new PM holder. Modifications could be made to the existing
Sauna candidate such that the delivery would be in line with the new
method and the present Saudi Bar,lay.
The key date is the meeting of the CORESTA Smoke Study Group in
Interlaken. It is the last oppportunity for CORESTA to argue technically
about the new proposed method. An important lobbying effort is presently
being made in order to secure the issue in Interlaken.
Specifically this lobbying effort conducted jointly and with full
cooperation of BAT is concentrating on ensuring that all key officials of
CORESTA are completely informed prior to the CORESTA meetings. They
include Messrs. Jacobs, General Secretary of CORESTA, Joigny, President
of the Smoke Study Group, and Baskevitch, President of the Technology
Group. Securing their support will ensure smooth approval of the revised
In addition to key CORESTA people, we have already involved and secured
the support of the European monopolies including France, Italy~ Portugal,
Spain and Austria.
The normal approval process within ISO is ~o publish first a draft
proposal which has to be approved by the members of the ISO Technical
Committee (TC 126 in this case) and then to publish a Draft International
Standard (DIS) to be approved by the ISO members. This procedure usually
takes one to two years. In case of urgency, an accelerated procedure can
be adopted during a plenary meeting of the Technical Committee (e.g. the
Cuba meeting) which would by-pass the first step and ~he new testing
method will be circulated i~nediately as a Draft International Standard.
This procedure usually takes less than one year.
For the following reasons we are confident that a new ISO standard can be
published by the end of 1990 (or during 1991 if the accelerated procedure
leO was unable ~o solve the Barclay problem and has therefore
requested the help of CORESTA. If CORESTA recommends a new me~hod,
it has to be adopted by ISO.
Discussions we had lately with the ISO Central Secretariat in Geneva
confirm that [SO will welcome a solution from CORESTA and push for
an accelerated procedure.
The new CORESTA method is presently being drafted by the chairman of
the ISO Technical Co~nlttee 126 (P. Adams) who will chair the
meetins in Cuba. Support from the chairman is already secured.
BAT and/or PM are represented in most of the national delegations of
the Technical Committee 126 and can therefore significantly
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influence the outcome of a meeting or a vote. He are confident that
this can be accomplished based on the positive discussions that have
~ak~n place thus far.
Approval Process .at natSqB~ leve]~
As ISO standards have no legal value but are recommendations only, most
of the countries are publishing their own national standards. We know
that some countries where Barclay was an issue will publish a new
national standard as soon as a new method is accepted by CORESTA. Others
will do it as soon as a Draft International Standard is p~bllshed.
~ecommendatlo~ fo~ Japa~
We are confident that the objectives and the timetable as outlined above
can be met. We thus recommend that, if possible, recommendations to the
JTI be made followin~ the Interlaken meetin~.Th~se reco~mlendations would
carry with them the acceptance of CORESTA and therefore also carry
international clout (JTI is a member of CORESTA).
It is further recommended that ~he statement made by BAT et the Task
Force mee~in~ in London concernin5 Barclay bein~ similar to a 5 m8
conventional cigarette not be ~iven to JTI until after the ~nterlaken
meetln~. Minutes of Task Force meetings must be presented and approved by
the Smoke Study Group before becomln~ official.