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

Short description

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.

Name of Category Method AD EF
2.G(b) Other Product use: Tobacco T2 NS CS/D

The quantity of consumed tobacco has decreased in 2022 on a historical low value of 103854 t.


Activity data

Statistical data from the tax registration of sold tobacco, cigarettes and cigars1) are used as activity data. For the calculation of the overall consumption quantity of tobacco the default quantity of tobacco for cigarettes and cigars of the emission guidebook 2023 (note to table 3-15 p. 23) is chosen: a cigarette contains 1 g of tobacco and a cigar contains 5 g of tobacco.

Emission factors

Here, as 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: Tier 2 Emission factors applied

Value Unit Data source
NOx 1.8 kg/t tobacco EMEP/EEA 20232)
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 5.4 g/t tobacco EMEP/EEA 2023
Cu 5.4 g/t tobacco EMEP/EEA 2023
Ni 2.7 g/t tobacco EMEP/EEA 2023
Zn 2.16 g/t tobacco average value
PCDD/F 0.1 µg/t tobacco EMEP/EEA 2023
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


The tax registration statistics has a high level of accuracy. Therfore the uncertainty is only expected to be lower than 5%. The uncertainty for the amount of tobacco in cigarettes is set to 20%. As the tobacco quantity varies for cigars much more than for cigarettes the uncertainty is set to 100%.


With activity data and emission factors remaining unrevised, no recalculations were carried out compared to the previous submission.

Planned improvements

No planned improvements.

1) Destatis, Versteuerung von Tabakwaren 73411, SBA FS 14 R 9.1.1 Absatz von Tabakwaren
2) EMEP/EEA air pollutant emission inventory guidebook 2023, Copenhagen, 2023