Globally Reported Tobacco Industry Interference during COVID-19 Pandemic – April - May 2021

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This is a continuation of our page on Globally Reported Tobacco Industry Interference during COVID-19 Pandemic and summarises the incidents reported during the months of April and May 2021. This page will be continuously updated as and when incidents related to the respective months are reported.

The Summary of Interference Reported as of 31st May 2021

Table 1 summarises the incidents reported since 13th March 2020, the date of initiation of Lock Down in Sri Lanka, the day we started monitoring Globally Reported Tobacco Industry Interference during COVID-19 Pandemic.

Table 1: Summary of reported TII during COVID-19 Pandemic

Tobacco Company Reported Countries Number of Incidents
British American Tobacco (BAT) South Africa, United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), Brazil, Kenya, Bangladesh, Croatia, Mexico, Nigeria, Honduras, Russia, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Greece, Canada, Italy 114
Philip Morris International (PMI) Brazil, Costa Rica, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Philippines, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Canada, Burkina Faso 56
Altria group United Sates of America (USA), Canada, Switzerland 51
Japan Tobacco International (JTI) United Kingdom (UK), Bangladesh, Turkey, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Zambia, Japan, Romania, Germany 45
Imperial Tobacco Russia 29
ITC Limited India India 23
Korea Tobacco Ginseng Corporation (KT&G) Indonesia, Turkey, Russia 6
Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) Sri Lanka 6
Reynolds American United Sates of America (USA) 5
Universal Cooperion United Sates of America (USA) 2
VMR Products United Sates of America (USA) 2
RJ Reynolds Tobacco United Sates of America (USA) 3
Godfrey Phillips India India 3
DJarum Indonesia 2
PT HM Sampoerna Indonesia 1
Hongyunhonghe Tobacco (Group) - 2
7 HILLS Manikchand Products Private Limited India 2
Deccan Tobacco India 1
Vinataba Tobacco Company Vietnam 1
International Tobacco Company Nigeria 1
LT Group Philippines 1
China Tobacco China 2
Gamucci United Kingdom, United States of America (USA), Asia and Africa 1
JUUL Labs United States of America (USA) 1
Barco Trading Company Angola 1
Pan Africa Tobacco Group Angola 1
Company not specified or interference via Front Groups United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Australia, Lebanon, Senegal, Sri Lanka, France, Myanmar, India, Chile, South Africa, Kenya, Bhutan, Philippines, Greece 40

Week 55: 29th March- 4th April 2021

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  • British American Tobacco (BAT) in Zimbabwe announced that their 12% decline of sales volume was due to depressed disposable incomes of people because of COVID-19 pandemic (Image 1).[2]
Image 1: Media reporting the British American Tobacco (BAT) in Zimbabwe’s decline of volume due to depressed disposable incomes [2]
  • Market research institutes issued several reports on COVID-19 impact on the tobacco industry this week. Details of one report mentioning COVID-19 in the title is summarised in the Table 2.

Table 2: Summary of published market research reports during the week 55

Market research institute Title of the report Tobacco companies mentioned
Market Growth Insight COVID-19 Global & China Vape Pens Market Research by Company, Type & Application 2015-2026 NicQuid, Philip Morris International Inc., International Vapor Group, British American Tobacco, Altria Group, Inc., Imperial Brands, Shenzhen IVPS Technology Co., Ltd., International, Japan Tobacco, R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company, Shenzhen KangerTech Technology Co., Ltd. [3]

Week 56: 5th– 11th April 2021

  • In Sri Lanka, media reported that the Directors of Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) participated as panelists at a series of online discussion forums hosted by the Stock Exchange (CSE) titled “Beyond Basics: Excellence in Corporate Governance”. More than 100 participants including board members and senior management representatives of listed companies was reported to have participated in the forum.[4]CSE is a company limited by guarantee established under the Companies Act No.17 of 1982 and which is regulated by Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka.[5]
  • Trefis, a business and economy website reported that unexpected lockdown will be a major barrier to Philip Morris International’s (PMI) stock recovery with the rise of COVID-19cases in Europe and the USA.[6]
  • David Jagielski, a writer of The Motley Fool website highlighted that the cannabis has become the ideal alternative for the tobacco industry due to the business expansion on high potential growth of cannabis.[7]
The Motley Fool provides business and investing advice as mentioned in their website and had previously published cannabis trade favourable reports.[8]Cannabis is perceived as an alternative product for the tobacco industry due to drop of cigarettes sales, the relaxing regulations, the promoted image within the harm reduction approach and highlighted medicinal potential.[9][10] Internal tobacco industry documents revealed the interest of multinational tobacco companies in cannabis since 1970.[11]
  • British American Tobacco (BAT) and Organigram, the Canadian company that produces cannabis products have entered into an agreement called ‘Product Development Collaboration Agreement’. Under this agreement, BAT and Organigram are developing core intellectual property values in development and delivery of the cannabidiol based products (Image 2).[12][13]
Image 2: Media reporting the British American Tobacco (BAT) and Organigram are in the process of developing Intellectual Property values[12]
  • Market research institutes issued several reports on COVID-19 impact on the tobacco industry this week. Nine reports mentioning COVID-19 in the title are summarised in the Table 3.

Table 3: Summary of published market research reports during week 56

Market research institute Title of the report Tobacco companies mentioned
Credible Markets 2020-2025 Global E-cigarettes Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) British American Tobacco PLC (Reynolds American Inc. (Rai), Intellicig Inc., Mig Vapor LLC, Japan Tobacco, NJOY, Imperial Brands, Philip Morris International [14]
Credible Markets 2020-2025 Global E-cigarettes Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) British American Tobacco PLC (Reynolds American Inc. (Rai), Intellicig Inc., Mig Vapor LLC, Japan Tobacco, NJOY, Imperial Brands, Philip Morris International[15]
Market Insights Reports 2020-2025 Global E-cigarette And Vaping Market Report - Production And Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact Of COVID-19) Altria Group, Inc., Shenzhen KangerTech Technology Co.; Ltd, Japan Tobacco International, International Vapor Group, Philip Morris International Inc., Shenzhen IVPS Technology Co., Ltd., R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company, Imperial Brands, NicQuid, British American Tobacco [16]
Regal Intelligence Post-pandemic Era-Global Heat-not-burn Tobacco Product (HNB) Market 2015-2026, With Breakdown Data of Capacity, Sales, Production, Export, Import, Revenue, Price, Cost and Gross Margin Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Imperial Brands, Altria, China tobacco, Korea Tobacco and Ginseng Corporation, American electronic cigarette company, VMR Products [17]
Market Insights Reports Global Dipping Tobacco Market Research Report With Opportunities And Strategies To Boost Growth- COVID-19 Impact And Recovery JMJ Group, Swedish Match, American Snuff Co, British American Tobacco PLC (BAT), Imperial Tobacco Group, Kayak Outdoors, Manikchand Group, Swisher International, Inc., Pinkerton Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Inc. (JT), Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), Altria Group, Inc., Dharampal Satyapal Group [18]
HTF Market Intelligence Global Heat-not-burn Tobacco Product (HNB) Market Research Report with Opportunities and Strategies to Boost Growth- COVID-19 Impact and Recovery JUUL Labs, PAX Labs, Altria Group, MCIG, KangerTech, Ballantyne Brands, ECIG, NJOY, Imperial Brands, Joyetech Co, RR Chemicals, CB Distributors, Johnson Creek, Gilla, Gamucci, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International, Nicotek, Philip Morris International & International Vapor Group [19]
Global Marketers.biz Global E-cigarette and Vape Market Report 2020 by Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Market Size, Forecast to 2026 (Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread) Japan Tobacco International, Shenzhen IVPS Technology Co., Ltd., International Vapor Group, Shenzhen KangerTech Technology Co., Ltd., Philip Morris International Inc., R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company, Imperial Brands, British American Tobacco, Altria Group, NicQuid[20]
Contrive Datum Insights Pod Vapes Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth Opportunities, Future Trends, Covid-19 Impact, SWOT Analysis, Competition and Forecasts 2021 to 2028 British American Tobacco, Juul Labs, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Altria Group, NJOY, Philip Morris International, Hangsen International Group, Eleaf Electronics, Augvape, Ballantyne Brands, Mig Vapor, Ritchy Group, SuorinVape, Shenzhen Smoore Technology, Shenzhen Boge Technology, Shenzhen Innokin Technology, Shenzhen IVPS Technology, Shenzhen Jieshibo Technology, Shenzhen Kanger Technology [21]
Market insights Report 2020-2025 Global Tobacco Additives Market Report - Production And Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact Of COVID-19) Liggett Group, Inc., American electronic cigarette company, British American Tobacco, Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation, Imperial Brands, VMR Products, China tobacco, Philip Morris International, Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Brown and Williamson, Japan Tobacco [22]

Week 57: 12th – 18th April 2021

Image 3: Media reporting ITC’s plan to continuous supply of products during COVID-19 pandemic[24]
  • Media reported that a share of Cronos Group, a cannabis producer in Canada which was trading at $5.89 at the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, has become $15.83 by February 2021. According to the2020 third quarter Cronos-Group-Reports-2020-Third-Quarter-Results.htmlReport of Cronos group, Altria Group has invested nearly USD 1.8 billion on Cronos.[27][28]
  • This week, market research institutes issued four reports mentioning COVID-19 impact on the tobacco industry in the title. The reports are summarised in the Table 4.

Table 4: Summary of published market research reports during week 57

Market research institute Title of the report Tobacco companies mentioned
Market Insights Reports Global Dipping Tobacco Market Research Report With Opportunities And Strategies To Boost Growth- COVID-19 Impact And Recovery JMJ Group, Swedish Match, American Snuff Co, British American Tobacco PLC (BAT), Imperial Tobacco Group, Kayak Outdoors, Manikchand Group, Swisher International, Inc., Pinkerton Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Inc. (JT), Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), Altria Group, Inc., Dharampal Satyapal Group [29]
HTF Market Intelligence Global Tobacco Market Research Report with Opportunities and Strategies to Boost Growth- COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Universal Corp, Hongyunhonghe Tobacco (Group) Co., China National Tobacco Co., Philip Morris International Inc., Altria, Japan Tobacco, British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco & Reynolds American Inc [30]
MRA Reports Post-Pandemic Era-Global Heat-Not-Burn E-Cigarette Market 2015-2026, With Breakdown Data Of Capacity, Sales, Production, Export, Import, Revenue, Price, Cost And Gross Margin IQOS, Grizzly, Philip Morris International, Healthier Choices Management Corp, MCIG Inc., ITC Limited, Altria Group Inc., British American Tobacco plc, Japan Tobacco, Inc., J WELL France, Imperial Tobacco Group, NicotekLlc, Njoy Inc., International Vapor Group, Reynolds American Inc., VMR Flavours LLC. [31]
Reportspedia 2020-2025 Global Snus Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) Altria Group, JT International AG, Gotlands snus AB, Imperial Brands PLC, Japan Tobacco, Inc., Arnold Andre, British American Tobacco PLC, Swedish Match AB (V2 Tobacco), Dharampal Satyapal, GN Tobacco Sweden AB [32]

Week 58: 19th– 25th April 2021

Image 4: ITC Limited India advised office employees to work from home in India reported by media[34]
  • According to media, the President of The USA Joe Biden plans to regulate the nicotine levels in Cigarettes. Media further reported that Biden administration is in the process of verifying whether the reduction of nicotine should be in combination with the ban of menthol cigarettes or it should be a separate policy. [35]
  • A news item reported that the stock price of Altria fell by 6.5%, on the news about the new regulation to reduce the nicotine content in cigarettes.[36][37]
  • According to a statement made byBritish American Tobacco (BAT)Malaysia, they anticipate a higher level of illicit cigarettes due to less affordability of the legal cigarettes as a result of the financial crisis of the pandemic.[38]
This is a common statement made by tobacco companies to justify their low sales volumes and evade tobacco tax increases. Please visit the page Tobacco Industry Tactics to Evade Tax for more details.
  • Media quoting a market report conducted by Mintel group with 2000 adults in Britainhighlightedthat30% became regular smokers during the pandemic and 10% relapsed from quitting. The reason stated was “pandemic stress”.[39][40]
Pandemic stress leading to create smokers was a common statement made by the tobacco industry and its allies as reported in the March page. Mintel group identifying itself as “an independent market analysis company” and it partnered with many multinational companies including food, beverages and pharmaceuticals as stated in their website.
  • British American Tobacco (BAT) completed the first phase of a factory to produce tobacco free oral nicotine pouches in Kenya.[41][42]
  • ITC hotels started a home delivery mechanism with a special menu for the COVID-19 infected and quarantined at home. ITC hotels are owned by ITC Limited India, the tobacco company which diversified their business into other ventures.[43]
  • This week, market research institutes issued eight reports mentioning COVID-19 impact on the tobacco industry in the title. The reports are summarised in the Table 5.

Table 5: Summary of published market research reports during week 58

Market research institute Title of the report Tobacco companies mentioned
MRA Reports Covid-19 Impact On 2021-2026 Global And Regional Global Roll-Ups Market Research Report 2021 Industry Production Altria Group Inc., British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, Japan Tobacco Inc., PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL [44]
Market Insight Reports 2020-2025 Global ELiquids And EJuice Market Report - Production And Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact Of COVID-19) Godfrey Philips India Ltd., Shenzhen Joyetech Co., Ltd, ITC Limited, Foschia, Litejoy International Pvt. Ltd, SPK Consumer Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Reynolds American Inc, Green Vapo, Japan Tobacco Inc, Altria Group Inc, Pure Vapors, Philip Morris International Management SA (PMI)[45]
Market Insights Reports 2020-2025 Global Tobacco Market Report - Production And Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact Of COVID-19) Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Hongyunhonghe Tobacco (Group) Co., Philip Morris International Inc., Reynolds American Inc., China National Tobacco Co., Universal Corp, Altria, British American Tobacco [46]
HTF Market Intelligence Global Smokeless Tobacco Market Report 2020 by Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Market Size, Forecast to 2026 (Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread) JMJ Group., Japan Tobacco, Inc., Swisher International Group, Inc., Imperial Brands PLC., Manikchand Group., Swedish Match AB., MacBaren Tobacco Company A/S., Reynolds American Inc., Skoal., Altria Group, Inc., Dharampal Satyapal Limited. & PLC. [47]
HTF Market Intelligence Global Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Products Market Research Report with Opportunities and Strategies to Boost Growth- COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Pfizer Inc., Japan Tobacco Inc., Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, McNeil AB, Revolymer PLC, NJOY LLC, Cipla Ltd., Imperial Brands PLC, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis International AG & GlaxoSmithKline PLC [48]
Qurate Research 2020-2025 Global E Cigarettes Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) MCig, Inc, Vapor Corp, China National Tobacco Corporation, Altria Group, Bull Smoke, Japan Tobacco, Inc., Cloudcig, ITC, Gamucci, Reynolds American Inc., Philip Morris International, Lorillard, Imperial Tobacco Group PLC [49]
Qurate Research 2020-2025 Global Tobacco and Hookah Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, British American Tobacco, Starbuzz Hookahs, China National Tobacco Co., Imperial Tobacco, Anahi Hookahs, Evolution Hookahs, Japan Tobacco, Mya Hookah, Regal Hookahs, Altria [50]
Report Hive Research (COVID-19 Version) Global Cigarette Market Status (2015-2019) And Forecast (2020-2025) By Region, Product Type & End-Use CHINA TOBACCO, Altria Group, British American Tobacco, Japan Tabacco, Imperial Tobacco Group, KT&G, Universal, Alliance One International, R.J. Reynolds, PT Gudang Garam Tbk, Donskoy Tabak, Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor, Thailand Tobacco Monopoly [51]

Week 59: 26th April – 2nd May 2021

  • Jacek Olczak, Chief Operating Officer of Philip Morris International (PMI) expressed his views on a new way of achieving progress, which got quoted by the media. He expressed on how to address the COVID-19 global challenge and rebuild the progress of the industry.[52]
  • Emmanuel Babeau, Chief Finance officer of Philip Morris International (PMI) mentioned that the heated tobacco products assisted to raise their trade, which was impacted by the pandemic during the first quarter.[53]
  • Media reported that the Philip Morris International (PMI) is looking at market opportunities in the cannabis industry quoting its CEO (Image 5).[54]
Image 5: Philip Morris International (PMI)’s plan on cannabis industry reported by media[54]
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) USA is reportedly planning to ban flavoured cigarettes and cigars within the year 2021.[55][56]
  • Media reported that the ITC Limited India will financially support to set up 200 beds for COVID patients in Kolkata and had donated emergency medical supplies.[57][58]
  • Altria Group announced that they have brought a Switzerland based smokeless tobacco company and has obtained the full ownership of the smokeless tobacco product called ‘On’ aiming to “grab” the people who are quitting.[59]
  • Philip Morris International (PMI)’s heated tobacco products (IQOS) contributed to nearly 7% of company’s revenue in 2020, with the reduction of cigarette sales due to COVID19 pandemic. Revenue from heated tobacco products has increased by 26.3% in 2020.[60]
  • British American Tobacco (BAT) featured a news item on their website on the celebration of World Day for Safety and Health at Work highlighting their contribution to enhance the health and safety of their employees and contractors amidst the pandemic.[61]
  • This week, market research institutes issued four reports mentioning COVID-19 impact on the tobacco industry in the title. The reports are summarised in the Table 6.

Table 6: Summary of published market research reports during week 59

Market research institute Title of the report Tobacco companies mentioned
Global Marketers.biz Global eLiquids and eJuice Market Report 2020 by Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Market Size, Forecast to 2026 (Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread) Altria Group Inc, ITC Limited, Godfrey Philips India Ltd., Shenzhen Joyetech Co., Ltd, Reynolds American Inc, Foschia, SPK Consumer Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Pure Vapors, Philip Morris International Management SA (PMI), Japan Tobacco Inc, Litejoy International Pvt. Ltd, Green Vapo[62]
Report Hive Cigarette Packaging Market Status And Trend Analysis 2017-2026 (COVID-19 Version) Amcor Limited, Innovia Films Ltd, Westrock, ITC Limited., Mondi Group, Altria Group, Ardagh Group, British American Tobacco P.L.C., Reynolds American Inc., Philip Morris International Inc., Sonoco Consumer Products Europe GmbH, Siegwerk, PT Hanjaya Mandala SampoernaTbk., Karelia Tobacco Co. Inc., Godfrey Phillips India Ltd, Ceylon Tobacco Company, Bulgartabac-Holding Ad, API Group PLC, Amvig Holdings Limited, Vector Tobacco Inc., Carreras Limited, Marden Edwards, PGP Precision, NTC Industries Limited, Oracle Packaging [63]
Report Ocean 2020-2025 Global Smokeless Tobacco Market Report - Production And Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact Of Covid-19) Longhorn, Kodiak, Stokers, Zyn, Altria Group, Camel Snus, Swedish Match, Red Man, Grizzly, Imperial Brands, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Philip Morris International, Red Seal [64]
Global Reports Heat-not-Burn (HNB) Device Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Covid-19 Impact Analysis Report- Segmented By Type, Application, End-user & Region–Global Forecast to 2027 Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Imperial Brands, Altria Group, Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation, American Electronic Cigarette Company, VMR Products, China Tobacco Company, Vapor Tobacco Manufacturing, Jouz, Shenzhen Coeus Technology, Shenzhen Yukan Technology, Shenzhen Megmeet (Sempo), Shenzhen AVBAD Technology, Shenzhen Royal Tobacco Industrial [65]

Week 60: 3rd – 9th May 2021

  • Welcomhotels, a category of ITC Hotels started to provide quarantine facilities to asymptomatic COVID-19 positive cases in four cities; Chennai, Coimbatore, Bengaluru and Dwarka in India in collaboration with Manipal hospital. This was following an order by the Government National Capital Territory of Delhi to increase the bed capacities for the COVID-19 patients. [66] ITC hotels is one of the other business ventures of ITC Limited India, the main tobacco company in India invested by British American Tobacco (BAT) and the government of India.[67] [68][69]
  • Neil Coupland, Managing Director of Japan Tobacco International (JTI) Bangladesh, was featured in an interview on Japan’s business interests in Bangladesh conducted by The Daily Star. The report highlighted JTI as the highest foreign direct investment (FDI) of Japan in Bangladesh (as of May 2021). It further featured JTI’s COVID-19 related cooperate social responsibility (CSR) activities including provision of essential goods and protective equipment to low income families and frontline workers. Furthermore, a CSR project launched in 2015 (JTI investment happened in 2018) “community investment initiatives to improve access to water sanitation & hygiene (WASH) and disaster management” was also mentioned in the report. [70]
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tilray, a Canadian pharmaceutical and a cannabis products company, hinted about a potential investment by Philip Morris International (PMI) (Image 6). This was followed by a statement made by the CEO of PMI about their plan to invest in cannabis. He further stated that they are planning to influence the governments of the USA and Canada saying “there's lots of lobbying I have to do with the government in Canada to get things changed and there's lobbying we have to do in the U.S. to ultimately to get the SAFE Banking Act on and to get recreational and medical cannabis legalized in the U.S.” [71]
Image 6: Media reporting statement of CEO, Tilray about the potential partnership with Philip Morris International (PMI) [71]
  • Jacek Olczak, CEO of Philip Morris International (PMI) has announced that they are planning to stop selling cigarettes within next 10 years and move on to heating and vaping tobacco products. The transition is planned to be initiated from Japan. However, a specific plan to achieve this goal is not apparently made available. [72]
  • Market research institutes issued several reports on COVID-19 impact on the tobacco industry this week. Details of six reports mentioning COVID-19 in the title are summarised in the Table 7.

Table 7: Summary of published market research reports during the week 60

Market research institute Title of the report Tobacco companies mentioned
Research and Markets Cigarettes, Cigars and Cigarillos Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030 Altria Group Inc; Imperial Brands; Habanos S A; Swisher International Inc; British American Tobacco[73]
Report Linker Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, And Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) Global Market Report 2021: COVID 19 Growth And Change to 2030 Dash Vapes, Hubbly Bubbly, Liquideu, Nice Vapor, Pacific Smoke International, Puff Ecig, Simple Vape Co.[74]
Qurate Business Intelligence 2020-2025 Global Electronic Cigarette and Tobacco Vapor Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) NJOY, LLC, JUUL Labs, Altria Group Inc., Turning Point Brands, British American Tobacco PLC, MCIG Inc, Philip Morris International, Japan Tobacco Inc., Imperial Brands plc[75]
HTF Market Report COVID-19 Outbreak-Global Roll-Your-Own-Tobacco Industry Market Report-Development Trends, Threats, Opportunities and Competitive Landscape in 2020 British American Tobacco, McGahey The Tobacconist, Japan Tobacco Inc., Imperial Brands, Altria Group Inc. & Philip Morris International [76]
Reportspedia Global Vaping Market Report 2020 by Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Market Size, Forecast to 2026 (Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread) Altria Group, R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company, NicQuid, Imperial Brands, Philip Morris International, International Vapor Group, Japan Tobacco, British American Tobacco, JUUL Labs, Nicquid [77]
Fortune Business Insights Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Market Size, Share and COVID-19 Impact Analysis GlaxoSmithKline plc (U.K, Europe) , Johnson & Johnson Inc (New Jersey, U.S) , Perrigo Company plc (Ireland, Europe) , Pierre Fabre SA, Laboratories (France, Europe) , Pfizer Inc. (New York, United States) , Cipla Limited (Mumbai, India) , British American Tobacco Plc (U.K, Europe) [78]

Week 61: 10th– 16th May 2021

  • American Journal of Health Behaviour was criticised for publishing a special issue of the journal with a financial sponsorship from the tobacco industry. JUUL Labs, an e-cigarette producer, allegedly funded the special issue of the journal and it was coordinated by a representative of a consultancy firm commissioned by the British American Tobacco (BAT) and the Reynolds American. Altria group owned 35% of shares of JUUL Labs as of December 2018 as reported by media (Image 7). Thus sponsored special issue of the journal was heavily criticised for promoting JUUL products.[79][80]
Image 7: Media reporting an Academic journal publishing a special issue under sponsorship of the tobacco industry.[79]
  • Market research institutes issued several reports on COVID-19 impact on the tobacco industry this week. Ten reports mentioning COVID 19 in the title are summarised in the Table 8.

Table 8: Summary of published market research reports during week 61

Market research institute Title of the report Tobacco companies mentioned
Wise Guy Reports COVID-19 World Cigarette Packaging Market Research Report (By Product Type, End-User / Application And Regions / Countries) Altria Group, Ardagh Group, British American Tobacco, Reynolds American Inc., Philip Morris International Inc., Sonoco Consumer Products, Europe GmbH, Siegwerk, PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna Tbk. Karelia Tobacco Co. Inc., Godfrey Phillips India Ltd, Ceylon Tobacco Company, Bulgartabac-Holding Ad[96]
Report Hive (COVID-19 Version) Global E-Cigarette And Vape Market Status (2015-2019) And Forecast (2020-2025) By Region, Product Type & End-Use NicQuid, Philip Morris International Inc., International Vapor Group, British American Tobacco, Altria Group, Inc., Imperial Brands, Shenzhen IVPS Technology Co., Ltd., International, Japan Tobacco, R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company, Shenzhen KangerTech Technology Co., Ltd[97]
Inside Market Reports COVID-19 impact to Global Wine and Tobacco Packaging Professional Survey Report 2020, Forecast to 2025 Innovia Films, Novelis, Philips Morris International, ITC, British American Tobacco, International Paper, Siegwerk, Bemis, Ball, Reynolds, Rexam, Bormioli Rocco, Amcor, Consol Glass, Smurfit Kappa, Owens-Illinois, Ardagh, Brick Packaging, Acorn Paper, Gerresheimer, Victory Paper and Packaging, Hindusthan National Glass & Industries, Vetropack Holding, Stolzle Glass, Vitro Packaging, Scholle, Wiegand-Glas, Koa Glass, Vidrala, Piramal Glass [98]
Reports Intellect COVID-19 Outbreak-Global Roll Your Own Cigarett Industry Market Report-Development Trends, Threats, Opportunities and Competitive Landscape in 2020 Alliance One, British American Tobacco, KT&G, PT Gudang Garam Tbk, China Tobacco, Universal [99]
Report Hive (COVID-19 Version) Global Snus Market Status (2015-2019) And Forecast (2020-2025) By Region, Product Type & End-Use Swedish Match, Imperial Tobacco Group, Reynolds American, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Altria [100]
Global Marketers.biz Global Smokeless Tobacco Market Report 2020 by Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Market Size, Forecast to 2026 (Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread) MacBaren Tobacco Company A/S., Japan Tobacco, Imperial Brands PLC, Dharampal Satyapal Limited, British American Tobacco, Manikchand Group, Altria Group, Swedish Match AB, JMJ Group, Reynolds American Inc, Swisher International Group [101]
Global Marketers.biz 2020-2025 Global Electronic Cigarette and Tobacco Vapor Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) NJOY, LLC, JUUL Labs, Altria Group Inc, Turning Point Brands, British American Tobacco PLC, MCIG Inc, Philip Morris International, Japan Tobacco Inc., Imperial Brands [102]
Global Marketers.biz 2020-2025 Global Tobacco Products Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) Republic Group, Al Matuco Tobacco Company, British American Tobacco, Century Tobacco, Gulbahar Tobacco, ARD Filters, Kaane American International Tobacco, Gallaher Group Plc, Reynolds, China National Tobacco Corporation, Japan Tobacco Inc., Imperial Tobacco, Altria Group Inc, BMJ Industries, Alliance One International, Oriental, Universal Corporation, Altria, Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation, Philip Morris International Inc. [103]
The Research Insights COVID 19 Global & USA E Cigarette And Vape Market Research By Company, Type & Application 2015 2026 NicQuid, Philip Morris International Inc., International Vapor Group, British American Tobacco, Altria Group Inc., Imperial Brands, Shenzhen IVPS Technology Co. Ltd., International, Japan Tobacco, R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company, Shenzhen KangerTech Technology Co. Ltd., [104]
Market Insight Report Global E-Cigarette Market (Vape & HNB): Insights & Forecast With Potential Impact Of COVID-19 (2020-2024) Imperial Brands Plc, British American Tobacco Plc, Japan Tobacco Inc., Altria Group, Inc., Philip Morris International Inc. and Turning Point Brands, Inc. [105]

Week 62: 17th – 23rd May 2021

  • Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) declared that there is a revenue growth during the first quarter in 2021, even though a profit increase was not observed. Media reported the revenue to be LKR 34.8 billion, a 1.5% growth compared to the 2020 first quarter revenue (Image 8).[106]
Image 8: Media reporting CTC’s revenue growth recovering from COVID 19 pandemic[106]
  • House of representatives including 154 lawmakers are planning to pass a bill to regulate vaping and heating tobacco products in Philippines. According to media reports, the bill will regulate the manufacture, use, sale, packaging, distribution, advertisement and promotion of vaping and heating products.[107]
  • Cronos Group, a Canadian cannabis producer has hired Thomas Cohn, an expert from Federal Trade Commission who worked in Avon, a consumer products company. Cohn was hired as the head of regulatory and product of Cronos to expand the product portfolio via advertising and marketing campaign with rising demand for the legalized cannabis in USA. Altria Group has invested nearly USD 1.8 billion on Cronos as mentioned in the 2020 third quarter report of the Cronos group.[108] [109] [110]
  • British American Tobacco (BAT) West and Central Africa was awarded with maiden awards under the ‘People First CEO’ and ‘People First Organisation’ categories. As per the media report, the awards are awarded “to recognize and celebrate the heroes and organisations that put employees first during the covid-19 pandemic in 2020”. This was awarded at the Fellows Awards and HR Recognition Ceremonies organised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria on 29th April 2021.[111]
  • This week, market research institutes issued 5 reports mentioning COVID-19 impact on the tobacco industry in the title. The reports are summarised in the Table 9.

Table 9: Summary of published market research reports during week 62

Market research institute Title of the report Tobacco companies mentioned
Researchmoz COVID-19 Outbreak-Global ELiquids And EJuice Industry Market Report-Development Trends, Threats, Opportunities And Competitive Landscape In 2020 Litejoy International Pvt. Ltd, Shenzhen Joyetech Co., Ltd, Altria Group Inc, Philip Morris International Management SA (PMI), Green Vapo, Pure Vapors, ITC Limited, Japan Tobacco Inc [112]
HTF Market Intelligence COVID-19 Outbreak-Global Smokeless Tobacco Industry Market Report-Development Trends, Threats, Opportunities and Competitive Landscape in 2020 Skoal., Altria Group, Inc., MacBaren Tobacco Company A/S., Reynolds American Inc., Japan Tobacco, Inc., JMJ Group., Dharampal Satyapal Limited., British American Tobacco PLC., Swedish Match AB., Manikchand Group., Swisher International Group, Inc. & Imperial Brands PLC [113]
ARC Reports Store COVID-19 Outbreak-Global E-Cigarettes Industry Market Report-Development Trends, Threats, Opportunities and Competitive Landscape in 2020 Vape Holdings, Inc., Gilla Inc, NJOY Inc, British American Tobacco plc, Vapor Hub International, Inc., Imperial Brands PLC, Reynolds American, Inc., International Vapor Group, VMR Products LLC, Altria Group Inc., Philip Morris International Inc., Lorillard, Japan Tobacco Inc., ECIG, FIN Branding Group LLC [114]
Market Insight Reports Tobacco Products Global Market Report 2021: COVID 19 Impact And Recovery To 2030 Philip Morris International Inc.; Imperial Tobacco; Altria Group Inc; British American Tobacco; Japan Tobacco Inc. [115]
Market Insight Reports Smoking And Other Tobacco Products Global Market Report 2021: COVID 19 Impact And Recovery To 2030 Philip Morris International Inc; Imperial Tobacco; Altria Group Inc; British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco Inc. [116]

Week 63: 24th– 30th May 2021

Image 9: JTI employees surging use of ‘LinkedIn’ online learning platform reported by media[125]
  • This week, market research institutes issued 10 reports mentioning COVID-19 impact on the tobacco industry in the title. The reports are summarised in the Table 10.

Table 10: Summary of published market research reports during week 63

Market research institute Title of the report Tobacco companies mentioned
The Insight Partners Smokeless tobacco Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Product (Chewing Tobacco, Snuff, Dissoluble tobacco, Others); Distribution Channel (Online, Offline) and Geography Imperial Tobacco Group, Swedish Match AB, British American Tobacco, Swisher International Group, MacBaren Tobacco Company, Reynolds Tobacco Company, Altria, Dholakia Tobacco Pvt. Ltd, Gallaher Group, Skoal [126]
Apex Market Research Smokeless Tobacco Products Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Size, Share & Trends, Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Manufacturer, Applications, And Segments Altria Group, British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco Group, Gallaher Group Plc, Universal Corporation, Reynolds Tobacco Company [127]
Apex Market Research Clove Cigarettes Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Size, Share & Trends, Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Manufacturer, Applications, And Segments Philip Morris International Inc., Gudang Garam, Nojorono Tobacco Indonesia, Japan Tobacco, British American Tobacco, Wismilak Group, Djarum, Sampoerna, Marlboro, Dunhill [128]
MRA Reports COVID-19 Impact On 2021-2026 Global And Regional Global Disposable E-Cigarettes Market Research Report 2021 Industry Production Altria Group, British American Tobacco, International Vapor Group, Imperial Brands, NicQuid, Philip Morris International, Japan Tobacco, MOJOUS, Shenzhen IVPS Technology, Shenzhen KangerTech Technology [129]
Worldwide Market Reports Covid-19 Impact And Global Analysis By Type, Application, And End User Japan Tobacco Inc., Altria Group Inc., British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, Philip Morris International [130]
Reportspedia 2020-2025 Global Hemp Herbal Cigarettes with CBD Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) Heimat, Cronos Group, Mentor Capital, Altria Group Inc, Medical Marijuana, CBD American Shaman, Cannoid, Terra Tech, mCig, Meadow Care, Aurora Cannabis, Pharmahemp, United Cannabis, NuLeaf Naturals, Canopy Growth Corporation, Bhang Corporation [131]
Reportspedia Global Tobacco Machinery Market Report 2020 by Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Market Size, Forecast to 2026 (Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread) Innovia Films Ltd, ProCo STS Limited, API Group PLC, Amvig Holdings Limited, G.D, ITC Limited., Reynolds American Inc., NTC Industries Limited, Jinan Qichen CNC Router CO.,LTD, Sollas Packaging Machinery, Oracle Packaging, Winicker & Lieber E.K., Mcswiat S.C., Comas Italy, Bulgartabac-Holding Ad, Mondi Group, Molins, Orchid Tobacco Machinery Dubai, British American Tobacco P.L.C., Shanghai Tobacco Machinery Company, Marden Edwards, Westrock, Altria Group, Hauni, Siegwerk, Ningbo Light Industry-machine, Herbas D.O.O., Ardagh Group, Amcor Limited, Philip Morris International Inc. [132]
Apex Market Research Menthol Cigarette Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Size, Share & Trends, Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Manufacturer, Applications, And Segments Philip Morris International Inc., Imperial Brands plc, Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation, Alfred Dunhill Ltd., J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, British American Tobacco, Commonwealth Brands, Liggett Group, Lorillard Tobacco, Essentra plc[133]
The Insight Partners E-Cigarette Market Forecast to 2028 - Covid-19 Impact and Global Analysis - by Product Types (Disposable, Rechargeable, and Modular); Flavors (Tobacco, Botanical, Fruit, Sweet, Beverage, and Others); Distribution Channel (Specialist E-cig Shops, Online, Supermarkets, Tobacconist, and Others Altria Group, British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands plc, Turning Point Brands, Japan Tobacco Inc., Nicotek Llc, NJOY, Inc., Philip Morris International, Reynolds American Inc., Vmr Flavours LLC [134]
Reportspedia 2020-2025 Global Snus Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) Altria Group, JT International AG, Gotlandssnus AB, Imperial Brands PLC, Japan Tobacco, Arnold Andre, British American Tobacco PLC, Swedish Match AB (V2 Tobacco), Dharampal Satyapal, GN Tobacco Sweden AB [135]

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