Globally Reported Tobacco Industry Interference during COVID-19 Pandemic - March 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 month of March 2021. This page will be continuously updated as and when incidents related to the month of March are reported.

The Summary of Interference Reported as of 31st March 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 101
Philip Morris International (PMI) Brazil, Costa Rica, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Philippines, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia, Russia 44
Japan Tobacco International (JTI) United Kingdom (UK), Bangladesh, Turkey, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Zambia, Japan, Romania 39
Altria group United Sates of America (USA) 46
Imperial Tobacco Russia 29
ITC Limited India India 15
Korea Tobacco Ginseng Corporation (KT&G) Indonesia, Turkey, Russia 6
Reynolds American United Sates of America (USA) 4
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
Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) Sri Lanka 4
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
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 38

Week 51: 1st–7th March 2021

  • Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in South Africa, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was granted leave to appeal the judgment made by the Western Cape High Court on banning tobacco products during the lockdown. The case was filed by the British American Tobacco (BAT) South Africa (BATSA) and the court decided it as “unconstitutional”.[1]
  • British American Tobacco (BAT) announced that they plan to follow the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy under three themes, namely COVID 19 impact investing, post pandemic multi speed global recovery and Activism on seeking alternatives in 2021.[2]
Image 1: Media reporting the British American Tobacco (BAT)’s plan to follow the ESG strategy under three themes.[2]
  • The External Affairs Manager of British American Tobacco (BAT) stated that BAT is restructuring its duty free business globally despite the significant decline of the global travel retail of BAT due to the pandemic.[3]
  • ITC Limited India introduced a Savlon moisturising sanitiser and marketed it as a preventive solution for the pandemic.[4]
  • Market research institutes issued several reports on COVID-19 impact on the tobacco industry this week. Details of 10 reports mentioning COVID 19 in the title are summarised in the Table 2.

Table 2: Summary of published market research reports during the week 51

Market research institute Title of the report Tobacco companies mentioned
Contrive Datum Insights Snus Sales Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth Opportunities, Future Trends, Covid-19 Impact, SWOT Analysis, Competition and Forecasts 2021 to 2028 Swedish Match, Imperial Tobacco Group, Reynolds American, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Altria [5]
Cognitive Market Research COVID 19 Impact Analysis Edition 2020- Snus Market Report Swedish Match, Imperial Tobacco Group, Reynolds American, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Altria [6]
Market Insights Reports Global Tobacco Additives Market Research Report With Opportunities And Strategies To Boost Growth- COVID-19 Impact And Recovery Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation, Liggett Group, Inc., China tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Philip Morris International, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, VMR Products, Brown and Williamson, Imperial Brands, Altria, British American Tobacco, American electronic cigarette company [7]
HTF Market Intelligence Global Roll-Your-Own-Tobacco Market Report 2020 by Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Market Size, Forecast to 2026 (Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread) British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International Inc., Japan Tobacco Inc., McGahey The Tobacconist, Imperial Brands & Altria Group [8]
Orbis Research 2020-2025 Global Tobacco Market Report-Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) Philip Morris International Inc., Universal Corp, Altria, Japan Tobacco, China National Tobacco Co., Imperial Tobacco, Reynolds American Inc., British American Tobacco, Hongyunhonghe Tobacco (Group) Co. [9]
ARC Reports Store Global E Cigarettes Market Report 2020 by Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Market Size, Forecast to 2026 (Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread) Japan Tobacco, Inc., MCig, Inc, Altria Group, Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, Philip Morris International, Gamucci, China National Tobacco Corporation, Lorillard, ITC, Cloudcig, Reynolds American Inc., Vapor Corp, Bull Smoke [10]
ARC Reports Store COVID-19 Outbreak-Global Heated Tobacco Products (HTPs) Industry Market Report-Development Trends, Threats, Opportunities and Competitive Landscape in 2020 VMR Products, Imperial Brands, Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation, Philip Morris International, Japan Tobacco, China tobacco, American electronic cigarette company, British American Tobacco, Altria [11]
HTF Market Intelligence 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, Foschia, Reynolds American Inc, SPK Consumer Solutions Pvt. Ltd & Godfrey Philips India Ltd.[12]
Market Research Store E-Cigarettes Market By Key Players (Altria Group Inc., Imperial Tobacco Group, Healthier Choices Management Corp, Philip Morris International Inc.); Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread Reynolds American Inc., Vapor4Life, Joyetech, Healthier Choices Management Corp, MCIG, Inc., Green Smoke, Om Vapors, ITC Limited, British American Tobacco Plc., Altria Group, Inc., V2 Cigs, Philip Morris International Inc., Cloudcig, Juul Labs, SMOK, Wismec, Japan Tobacco, Inc., Imperial Tobacco Group [13]
HTF Market Report Global Tobacco Market Report 2020 by Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Market Size, Forecast to 2026 (Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread) Hongyunhonghe Tobacco (Group) Co., Japan Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, China National Tobacco Co., Reynolds American Inc., Philip Morris International Inc., Altria, Universal Corp & British American Tobacco [14]

Week 52: 8th– 14th March 2021

Image 2: Media reporting the British American Tobacco (BAT) is testing out a vaping product in UK[15]
  • Media reported that the cigarettes sale volume of Altria fell by 7.3% in 2019 and it got flattened during the pandemic in 2020, alleging that isolation pushed the smokers to smoke more.[16]
  • PMI launched a series of webinars on 17th March, which according to the media offered “another more in-depth and interactive course that will expand on the nexus between the illicit trade in tobacco products and transnational crimes, money laundering, and corruption, as well as elaborate on how to detect contraband and build a successful case”. The course was offered free of charge for “active law enforcement officers involved in the investigation of financial crimes, money laundering, counterfeiting, and similar fields.[17]
  • The plan of British American Tobacco (BAT), as reported by media, is to invest more than EUR 30 million in Greece on their latest heated tobacco product.[18]
  • Media reported that the British American Tobacco (BAT) South Africa plans to keep the Heidelberg factory open to minimise the job losses amidst the loss of sales due to the previous ban on tobacco products during the pandemic.[19]
  • Market research institutes issued several reports on COVID-19 impact on the tobacco industry this week. Ten reports mentioning the COVID 19 impact in the title are summarised in the Table 3.

Table 3: Summary of published market research reports during week 52

Market research institute Title of the report Tobacco companies mentioned
HTF Market Intelligence Global Food and Beverages Market Research Report with Opportunities and Strategies to Boost Growth- COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Mars Inc., JBS S.A., Tyson Foods Inc., Kraft Heinz Company, Nestle S.A, Mondelez International Inc., Philip Morris International Inc, Imperial Tobacco, PepsiCo & Anheuser Busch InBev [20]
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 [21]
The Insight Partners Hot Tobacco Products Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Type (Devices, Capsules, Vaporizers); Distribution Channel (Offline, Online) and Geography British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, Japan Tobacco International (JTI), KT&G Corp., Philip Morris International [22]
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 [23]
The Insight Partners E-Cigarette Market Forecast to 2027 - 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 Inc., Reynolds American Inc., and Vmr Flavours LLC [24]
Hong Chin Research Pipe Tobacco Market Size 2020, Share, Global Industry Analysis and Competitive Landscape (Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic) JT International, Dipping tobacco, Altria Group, Chewing tobacco, Japan Tobacco Inc, Mac Baren, British American Tobacco, Snuff, Universal Corporation, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, Gallaher Group Plc, Market Size Split by Type, R.J. Reynolds, Reynolds Tobacco Company, Imperial Tobacco Group [25]
Reports Insights Heated Tobacco Market Size, COVID-19 Impact Analysis By Regional Outlook(Europe, Asia Pacific, America[United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Peru], Middle East And Africa), Industry Analysis Report, Growth Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share, Market Statistics & Forecast 2021 – 2025 Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Imperial Brands, Altria, China tobacco, Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation, American electronic cigarette company, VMR Products [26]
Market Research Store E-Cigarettes Market By Key Players (Altria Group Inc., Imperial Tobacco Group, Healthier Choices Management Corp, Philip Morris International Inc.); Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread Healthier Choices Management Corp, Wismec, Green Smoke, V2 Cigs, SMOK, MCIG, Inc., Cloudcig, Om Vapors, Japan Tobacco, Inc., Imperial Tobacco Group, British American Tobacco Plc., Vapor4Life, Reynolds American Inc., Juul Labs, Altria Group, Inc., Phili [27]
A2Z Market Research Global Cigarette Market Report 2020 by Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Market Size, Forecast to 2026 (Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread) British American Tobacco, PT Gudang Garam Tbk, CHINA TOBACCO, Imperial Tobacco Group, KT&G, Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor, PhilipMorrisUSA, Altria Group, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company , LIGGETT VECTOR BRANDS, Japan Tabacco [28]
A2Z Research Market 2021-2027 Global Heated Tobacco Products (HTPs) Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) Imperial Brands, British American Tobacco, American electronic cigarette company, Altria, Japan Tobacco, China tobacco, Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation, Philip Morris International, VMR Products [29]

Week 53: 15th – 21st March 2021

  • British American Tobacco (BAT) bought shares of Organigram, a Canadian company, which develops and trades recreational and medicinal cannabis products. BAT became the largest shareholder with 19.9% shares being eligible to hold two directorial positions of the company.[30]
  • Media reported that British American Tobacco (BAT) has decided to continue their presence in Croatia. Previously, media reported that BAT was considering leaving Croatia due to economic consequences of COVID-19 pandemic. It further mentioned that staying is important for the tobacco factory workers, tobacco growers, in the Istria and the Slavonia region.[31]
  • British American Tobacco (BAT) participated in a webinar titled “Digitalization in the supply chain with DocuSign” collaboration with DocuSign, Supply Chain Digital and Procurement Magazine on 19th March 2021. The webinar aimed to share the insights and experiences related to digitalization and the upcoming challenges in the era of COVID 19 pandemic.[32]
Image 3: Media reporting the webinar on “Digitalization in the supply chain with DocuSign”[32]
  • This week, market research institutes issued 6 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 53

Market research institute Title of the report Tobacco companies mentioned
HTF Market Intelligence COVID-19 Outbreak-Global Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco Products Industry Market Report-Development Trends, Threats, Opportunities and Competitive Landscape in 2020 Japan Tobacco, Sampoerna, Philip Morris International Management, China Tobacco Guangdong Industrial, PAX Labs, Telkom Indonesia, Gippro, ELIO, Vapesoon, AVBAD, Modtank, Gudang Garam, Vapor Tobacco Manufacturing, BRI & GLO [33]
Perfect Market Insights 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 [34]
Market Insights Reports 2020-2025 Global Heated Tobacco Products (HTPs) Market Report - Production And Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact Of COVID-19) Imperial Brands, British American Tobacco, American electronic cigarette company, Altria, Japan Tobacco, China tobacco, Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation, Philip Morris International, VMR Products [35]
Precision Reports COVID-19 Outbreak-Global Heat-not-burn Tobacco Product (HNB) Industry Market Report-Development Trends, Threats, Opportunities and Competitive Landscape in 2020 Gilla, KangerTech, Gamucci, ECIG, International Vapor Group, Altria Group, Philip Morris International, JUUL Labs, Nicotek, MCIG, Johnson Creek, NJOY, Ballantyne Brands, RR Chemicals, CB Distributors, Joyetech Co, Japan Tobacco International, Imperial Brands, PAX Labs, British American Tobacco[36]
HTF Market Intelligence COVID-19 Outbreak-Global Electronic Cigarette and Tobacco Vapor Industry Market Report-Development Trends, Threats, Opportunities and Competitive Landscape in 2020 MCIG Inc, Japan Tobacco Inc., JUUL Labs, British American Tobacco PLC, Philip Morris International, Altria Group Inc., Turning Point Brands, NJOY, LLC & Imperial Brands plc[37]
HTF Market Intelligence Global Dissolvable Tobacco Market Report 2020 by Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Market Size, Forecast to 2026 (Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread) Imperial Tobacco Group, Reynolds American, JMJ Group, British American Tobacco PLC, Altria Group, Swedish Match, Japan Tobacco, Manikchand Group, Dharampal Satyapal Group & Swisher International [38]

Week 54: 22nd – 28th March 2021

  • Media reported that the Japan Tobacco International is to invest EUR 60 million to increase the production capacity of JTI’s factory in Romania.[39]
Image 4: Japan Tobacco International’s plan to invest 60 million Euro in Romania reported by media[15]
  • 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 5.

Table 5: Summary of published market research reports during week 54

Market research institute Title of the report Tobacco companies mentioned
Credible Markets 2020-2025 Global E-Cigarette Devices Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) Imperial Brands plc, Japan Tobacco Inc., FIN Branding Group LLC., British American Tobacco plc, Philip Morris International Inc., International Vapor Group, JUUL Labs, Inc, Vapor Hub International Inc., NJOY Inc., Altria Group Inc., VMR Products LLC[40]
Credible Markets 2020-2025 Global Natural Leaf Tobacco Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, CNT Group, Philip Morris International, Swedish Match, Scandinavian Tobacco Group, Scandinavian Tobacco Group, Japan Tobacco International, Durfort Holdings SA, ITG Brands, LLC, Optimo, SuperLeaf, Swisher International[41]
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[42]
Reportspedia 2020-2025 Global Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco Products Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) Japan Tobacco, Philip Morris International, Altria, American electronic cigarette company, Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation, VMR Products, China tobacco, Imperial Brands, British American Tobacco[43]
Reportspedia 2020-2025 Global Cigarette Market Report - Production and Consumption Professional Analysis (Impact of COVID-19) British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Gudang Garam Tbk, Dharampal Satyapal, KT&G Group, China National Tobacco Corporation, RAI, ITC, Manikchand Group, Altria Group, Swisher International, Swedish Match, JMJ Group[44]

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