The jubilee tenth Cigarette Filter Colloquium took place in Freiburg on 7-10 September 2014. This large-scale conference gathers filter specialists, independent researchers, and scientists from laboratories of tobacco corporations and their suppliers for discussing not only matters of development, manufacture, and sale of acetate tow and finished filters, but also other topics relevant to the industry. Besides tobacco market regulation which is becoming more and more grotesque, the industry is concerned about an overall decline in demand in virtually all markets, except China, growth in popularity for electronic nicotine delivery systems, expansion of illegal products, and many other subjects.
The activity began with a gala dinner in the Freiburg city hall on Sunday evening on 7 September. The days from 8 to 10 September were busy with 30 speeches with following discussion of each, and the evenings were used by the organisers to show participants all the beauty of the outskirts of Freiburg and suggest that they try local wines and dishes and listen to music or watch a show. Effective discussion of a wide range of issues relevant to the industry and informal conversations as part of the rich entertainment programme became possible thanks to the faultless organisation of the event by the Solvay team. The editorial staff of Tabachny Magazin would like to thank the Cigarette Filter Colloquium organisers for the opportunity to take part in this important industry event.