Top Manufacturers in the Cigarette Market

Apr 08, 2022

Top Manufacturers in the Cigarette Market

The global cigarette market reached a value of US$ 1,040 Billion in 2021. Cigarettes are tube-shaped rolls containing finely cut and cured tobacco leaves wrapped in thin paper. They also comprise various flavorings, chemical additives, and nicotine, an addictive central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that provides an immediate sense of relaxation. Nowadays, manufacturers are offering cigarettes in various flavors, shapes, sizes, colors, and intensities to cater to the diversified preferences of consumers. 

As per the analysis by IMARC Group, the top companies in the cigarette industry are heavily investing in product innovations to expand their customer base and gain a competitive edge. They are launching cigarettes in numerous flavors, including menthol, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, chocolate, berry, and citrus, to attract the younger population, especially female smokers. Furthermore, the leading manufacturers are developing innovative product variants, such as e-cigarettes and vapes, to imitate the act of smoking while minimizing the overall adverse health impacts. In addition, they are adopting attractive packaging solutions and aggressive promotional activities to increase product sales. Apart from this, several key players are utilizing advanced and fully automated manufacturing techniques to enhance the production process while reducing harmful emissions, energy consumption, and generic waste. Other factors, including the introduction of flavor-changing capsules in cigarette filters, the launch of organic and herbal cigarettes, product premiumization, and technological advancements, are also providing a positive thrust to the market growth. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market value to reach US$ 1,291 Billion by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 3.6% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

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List of Top Companies Operating in the Cigarette Industry Worldwide:

China National Tobacco Corporation

Establishment: 1982
Headquarters: Beijing, China

China National Tobacco Corporation (CNTC) is the largest producer and exporter of cigarettes across the globe. It is a state-owned entity operated by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China. Due to the ban on the marketing of tobacco-based products in Asia Pacific regions, the CNTC promotional strategies comprise cigarette girls, wherein women dress up in brand logos and hand out product samples, cigarette lighters, and other advertising materials in front of bars and restaurants. CNTC manages several tobacco companies, manufacturers, growers, and suppliers under its umbrella, such as Dublin's and Red Golden Dragon (RGD).

Philip Morris International Inc.

Establishment: 2007
Headquarters: New York City, New York, UA

Philip Morris International (PMI) is a leading international cigarette and tobacco manufacturing company. It is primarily engaged in the production and sales of nicotine-containing products, smoke-free products, and associated electronic devices and accessories in markets outside the United States, including Japan, South Korea, and Russia. PMI aims to expand the sales volume of its heated tobacco products and develop smoke-free products. The company encompasses various prominent brands, such as L&M, Lark, Merit, Muratti, and Philip Morris.

British American Tobacco plc

Establishment: 1902
Headquarter: London, United Kingdom

British American Tobacco (BAT) is the third-largest global producer and seller of tobacco-based products. It operates in around 180 countries, including the GCC countries, India, and several nations in Europe. It also manages numerous top-selling brands, such as Reynolds American, Dunhill, Bulgartabac, Rothmans, Pall Mall, Lucky Strike, and Kent. In 2019, BAT sponsored the Tyrell Formula 1 team for the collaborated campaign called the 'Better Tomorrow.' This campaign was launched under the 'Transforming Tobacco' initiative to promote e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products manufactured by the company.

Japan Tobacco International SA (Japan Tobacco Inc.)

Establishment: 1999
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is the international division of Japan Tobacco Inc., a tobacco-based products company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It sells its products in over 130 countries under 11 major brands, such as Benson and Hedges, Winston, Mevius, Liggett Ducat (LD), Amber Leaf, and Old Holborn. JTI continues to expand its market presence through sustainable business models and the acquisition of companies based in countries, including Russia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Ethiopia.

Imperial Tobacco Group (Imperial Brands PLC)

Establishment: 1901
Headquarters: Bristol, England

Imperial Tobacco Group was renamed Imperial Brands PLC in February 2016. It is a multinational tobacco manufacturing company based in England. It produces, markets, and sells a wide range of tobacco and nicotine-related products, including cigarettes, cigars, rolling papers, and fine-cut rolling tobacco across 120 markets worldwide. Some of these countries include Japan, Italy, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan. The company operates under several brand names, including Davidoff, West, John Player Special, Kool, Golden Virginia, Gauloises Blondes, Montecristo, Drum, and Rizla. It is focused on creating a successful next-generation products (NGP) business model that aims to minimize the harmful effects of tobacco products on the environment and human health.


About IMARC Group: IMARC Group is a leading market research and consulting company that offers management strategy and market research worldwide. The company has done multiple projects on the cigarette industry, which has enabled clients to set up and expand their businesses successfully. Some of the company’s offerings include: 

  • Market Research 
  • Plant setup 
  • Plant Expansion 
  • Marketing and sales 
  • Procurement and Distribution 
  • Innovation and Product Development

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