November 1, 2017
As far back as November 2012, Euromonitor International was the first company to estimate a realistic market size for e-cigarettes. The figure of USD2 billion was three to four times higher than the nearest estimates of USD500 million, and caused shockwaves in the industry, galvanising players to sit up and take note of this emerging […]
November 25, 2014
An unfortunate trend to the radical regulation of e-cigarettes progressed further today as Reuters reports that the Indian government is considering a total ban on the products. We have written recently on the WHO’s flawed policy stance on e-cigarettes, which fed into a policy position from the 6th Conference of the Parties to the FCTC […]
November 19, 2014
  MERGERS ACQUISITIONS US – Swisher International to acquire Drew Estate Tobacco The leading US cigars manufacturer, Swisher International, is to acquire Drew Estate Tobacco with the deal expected to be concluded in the fourth quarter of 2014. Set up and run as a family business, with operations in New York, Miami and Nicaragua, Drew […]
October 16, 2014
Euromonitor’s latest global briefing on the illicit trade in tobacco products assesses the nature, impact and logistics of the 570 billion stick, US$39 billion global market in illicit cigarettes. It outlines how the illicit trade in cigarettes, while often seen as, if not a victimless crime, a misdemeanor which the victims (arrogant tobacco conglomerates and […]
July 20, 2014
It’s not often that the tobacco industry is caught on the hop, especially with a deal that’s been on the radar for the better part of half a year, but it was gasps all around on the 15th July when it was announced that the expected Reynolds American (RAI)/Lorillard (LO) merger would result in Imperial […]
July 14, 2014
On Friday 11th July, the US’s second-largest tobacco company, Reynolds American (RAI) confirmed that it was in advanced negotiations with Lorillard (LO), the third-largest, for its acquisition. Any deal, facilitated by the increased stability in litigation facing US tobacco companies, is expected to be worth in the region of US$60 billion and is also likely to […]
June 26, 2014
In addition to the E-lites acquisition by Japan Tobacco, much is happening elsewhere in the hyperactive vapour sector including the acquisition by a US e-cigarette company VEC of UK e-cigarette company Ten Motives which, interestingly, measures its growth in terms of the number of regular cigarettes it has replaced. The scramble to get a piece […]
May 28, 2014
One of the questions I increasingly find myself fielding is whether the tobacco industry is in terminal decline. The short answer is that it appears to be heading that way. Euromonitor’s latest tobacco data for 2013 shows volume declines for cigarettes of around 4% globally last year, excluding China and also shows two of the largest markets for cigarettes in the […]

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