International Tobacco Express (202301)

Global market

Bulgaria has the highest smoking rate in Europe

The relatively high prevalence of smoking in Bulgaria among all age groups is a primary public health problem. In 2019, about one third of children aged 13 to 15 in Bulgaria reported that they were currently regular smokers or vaping, according to the World Health Organization. This rate is one of the highest in Europe and well above the global average of 10 percent in the same year. Despite this, Bulgaria still has one of the cheapest tobacco(includes heat not burn tabac) prices in the European Union, with an average price of 2.77 euros ($2.97) per pack of 20 cigarettes.


The global hookah market is expected to reach $24 billion by 2029

According to a recent GreyViews report on the hookah market, the world hookah market is expected to be worth $24 billion by 2029 and grow at a compound annual rate of 3% between 2022 and 2029. The report analyzes the hookah market in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East and Africa in detail, including market size, market competition, regional markets, market trends and attractive scope.


Schweitzer Morty International has launched a filter material that degrades quickly

Cigarette filters are a nuisance to the environment. Evolute, a new fiber filtration material, has been developed by Schwetzer-Moddy International to reduce the environmental impact of filters. It is a fibre-based filter material that replaces the acetate strands used in conventional filters. According to the group, the filter made with Evolute can be degraded in nature in a matter of weeks. Evolute was certified by the German Institute of Technical Testing in October 2022 for its ability to degrade rapidly in soil and seawater.


New tobacco

Indonesia says it will consider banning E-cigarettes if they are proved to be harmful to public health

Indonesia’s Vice President Ma’ruf Amin says the government is considering banning E-cigarettes(heated tobacco heatstick) if they are found to be harmful to public health. A full assessment of the impact of E-cigarettes on public health will be carried out before the government makes a decision. If E-cigarettes are found to be safe for public health, then the next step for governments is to consider how to tax the product.


Smoking Cessation and Nicotine Addiction Products Global Market Report 2022: Strict government regulations and other initiatives driving growth

The global market for smoking cessation and nicotine withdrawal products is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15% during the forecast period from 2022 to 2030. There is a growing demand for nicotine detoxification products(heat not burn tobacco heatsticks supplier), such as gum and patches containing nicotine. E-cigarettes are another new product designed to help people kick their nicotine addiction. E-cigarettes may or may not contain nicotine, depending on the user’s preference. The growing demand for E-cigarettes and nicotine withdrawal products is expected to drive the growth of the tobacco cessation and nicotine withdrawal products market.


Single-use E-cigarettes could be the subject of environmental protection in the UK

The growth of the single-use e-cigarette market has brought environmental concerns, such as large amounts of single-use plastic being dumped into standard landfills and the loss of valuable recyclable materials such as lithium in single-use batteries. Since the EU’s tobacco products directive was incorporated into national law, the UK is likely to see changes in terms of environment and sustainability by 2023.


Tobacco and law

Mexico has announced a total ban on smoking in public places

Mexico has announced a total ban on smoking in public places, along with a ban on tobacco advertising. In 2008, Mexico introduced laws banning smoking in public places such as bars, restaurants and workplaces, and now the country is extending the ban to all public places. The new restrictions also include a ban on the use of e-cigarettes, especially indoors.


The European Union has launched a joint operation against smuggling

European Union authorities have launched a joint operation to crack down on illegal activities, including cigarette smuggling. The objectives include seizing smuggled goods, combating cross-border crime, and enhancing information exchange and cooperation among EU member states. During the operation, law enforcement officers seized 2.3 million smuggled cigarettes and 3 tons of illegal tobacco leaves, and arrested 40 smugglers.


The indoor use of E-cigarettes is to be banned in Italy

Italian Health Minister OrazioSchillaci recently announced new measures against traditional cigarettes as well as new tobacco and nicotine products at a hearing of the Social Affairs Committee of the lower house of Parliament. The ban extends the ban on smoking in open Spaces where minors and pregnant women are present, and will no longer allow smoking in enclosed Spaces. It will also extend to emissions from new products such as E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. There are also plans to extend the advertising ban that now applies to cigarettes to new products containing nicotine.