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Tobacco Marketing in Japan

Monday, March 16th, 2015

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Peace and Hope are the most popular Japanese cigarette brands. Billboards and journal advertisements depict stunning models. Cigarettes are constantly offered for free to customers at pubs and nightclubs. Most of the advertising is targeted towards women and the younger generation.

Cigarette advertising is allowed between 10:54pm and 5:00am, Monday through Friday, on TV however, the tobacco industry voluntarily “limits” cigarette advertisements. For instance, in 1998, Japanese cigarette manufacturers arranged to remove cigarette ads off television, radio, films and the Internet and cease offering free cigarettes on the streets nevertheless they intended to recompense by showing even more advertisements in magazines and newspapers.

In May 2010, Japan Tobacco started advertising smokeless cigarettes that utilize tobacco cartridges. The product that is known as Zero Style Mint, costs about 300. A package of four refill cartridges is available for ¥400.

You can find more than 520,000 cigarette vending machines in Japan. According to government rules, the machines automatically halt giving cigarettes between 11:00pm and 5:00am. The purpose of these rules is not clear. People can easily purchase cigarettes at convenience stores that sell cigarettes 24 hours a day.
However starting 2013, all smokers who wanted to purchase cigarettes from a vending machine needed a “taspo” so called age-verification card. Created in order to help stop underage smoking, the cards could be acquired by sending a pictures and a copy of document proving age, for example a driver’s license, to the Tobacco Institute of Japan. Numerous cigarette users have not taken the trouble to sign up for the new cards and instead purchase their cigarettes at supermarkets.

Fujitake Company creates vending machines that are able to identify those under 18 using a camera and modern facial recognition system according to bone structure, wrinkles and the way the skin looks. Thus, those who want to purchase cigarettes must look at the facial recognition camera and press a button. In several seconds, the machine establishes whether the person is 20 years old or older or not. In case the machine is not able to make a clear determination, the user has to place driver’s license and scan birthday date.

Kent Packaging Design

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Kent is a brand of cigarettes, property of British American Tobacco group. The brand is named after Herbert Kent, a former executive at Lorillard Tobacco Company.

new kent cigarettes package

By Julia Wyse
Melbourne, Australia

British American Tobacco is the world’s tobacco group, with brands sold in 180 markets around the world. We produce high quality tobacco products to meet the diverse preferences of millions of consumers, and we work in all areas of the business.
Today there are several kinds of Kent cigarettes developed specially for enjoyment and satisfaction of different tastes. They came to being after a recent re branding of Kent, which took place in 2006. Let us take a look at the most famous of them.

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By Julia Wyse

PALLMALL Initiative

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Pall Mall flavors
Pall Mall brand is produced by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and internationally by British American Tobacco at multiple sites.

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Pall Mall currently is in the “Growth Brand” segment of the R.J. Reynolds brand portfolio. Within British American Tobacco, Pall Mall is one of their four drive brands.Pall Mall is now Reynolds’ most popular cigarette, and third behind Marlboro and Newport. In October 2012, Reynolds debuted two new versions of its menthol cigarette, Pall Mall Black, described as “full flavor”, and Pall Mall White, called “smoother”. The traditional menthol style is called Pall Mall Green.

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The famous Pall Mall logo has large art nouveau lettering spelling out “Pall Mall” on the top front of the pack. On the face is a white coat of arms on the front and back of the pack. Generally speaking, there are different designs for Pall Mall packs. It can be always identified on which market one or another pack of Pall Mall was bought. Nevertheless, the logo and the main features of it remain unchanging.

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Current hard pack styles

  • Pall Mall Red
  • Pall Mall Blue
  • Pall Mall Orange
  • Pall Mall Menthol
  • Pall Mall Black Menthol
  • Pall Mall White Menthol
  • Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter
  • Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter Menthol
  • Pall Mall Red old style




Available Cigar Shapes and Sizes

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Cigars

Smoking cigars is one of the popular enjoyments among men. The best way to categorize cigar is to differentiate it by size and shape. When speaking about the size, the length of a cigar is usually measured in inches, while its width is measured in ring gauge (a diameter of 64th of an inch).

As about the shape, at present are distinguished three shapes of a cigar:

  • Pajero
  • Figurado
  • Small cigar

Pajero – is the most spread shape of a cigar. It has a cylindrical body, with straight sides and an open end. The other end of the cigar has a round cap, which should be cut using a V-shaped cutter, before lighting up the cigar. Manufacturers distinguish two main varieties of the Pajero style – panatelas and coronas.

  • Panatelas – is a long and thin cigar. Some examples of panatelas cigars are: Carlota, Slim Panatela, Panatela and others.
  • Coronas – is a bit shorter and wide cigar than Panatelas. The most spread variants are: Robusto, Corona Gorda, Toro, Presidente, Dalia.

Figurado – is an unevenly shaped cigar, considered of the premium quality due to difficulty in their production. Despite that fact that these cigars lost their great popularity in the 1930’s, they realized to conquer smokers once again. A lot of producers have started producing the figurado. The most famous variants are:

  • Torpedo – has some similarities with parejo.
  • Perfecto – is thin at both ends and quite prominent in the middle.
  • Presidente – has a shape of parejo, but at the same time is though to be a figurado due to its huge size.
  • Culebras – three long cigars joined together.
  • Tuscanian – true Italian cigar, created for the first time in 19th century. It is a ling and slim cigar possessing a very saturated flavor.

Small Cigars – on the basis of the name, small cigars have a little size and are not similar to the regular ones. They have some similarities with cigarettes both in size and shape. Small cigars weigh less that ordinary cigars and cigarillos. The most popular brands of small cigars are Café Crème and Colts, which are available in diverse flavors and provide a very pleasant taste.

Cigarettes Sales in Supermarket, Scottish Shops

Monday, November 19th, 2012

cheap chesterfield cigsLeven hit the national limelight this week as one of its major stores joined a crusade to improve health in Scotland. The local Sainsbury’s superstore was one of six across the country which stopped selling tobacco products on Monday. The stubbing out of cigarette sales marked the extension of a scheme launched at other premises earlier in 2012, in response to a Scottish Government levy. New supplementary charges will apply on business rates paid by large stores selling cigs and alcohol. Under the new Public Health Levy, retailers are to be taxed on any store with a rate-able value of more than £300,000 which sells drink and smoking products.

Sainsbury’s head office explained: “The impact of the Levy, introduced by the Scottish Government, has led us to undertake a review of the sale of tobacco products in our Scottish shops.

“Earlier this year, we removed tobacco products from sale from three of our Scottish supermarkets and one convenience shop.”

The trial has now been expanded to a further half-dozen outlets, including Leven, added the statement.

A Scottish Government spokesman said the public health supplement was introduced in recognition of Scotland’s well-documented health and social problems associated with alcohol and tobacco smoking.

The Government was already taking action to reduce alcohol and tobacco harmful effects through regulation to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol and prohibiting tobacco displays.

“The public health supplement will contribute towards the preventative spend ordinances being taken forward jointly with the Scottish government, local authorities, the NHS and the third sector,”  explained the spokesman.

The announcement drew over 100 comments on the Mail’s Facebook page, with some calling it a good move in terms of health, and that all other stores  and superstores in Fife should follow suit.

Contibutors said there were many other places where people could purchase cigarettes, while some readers felt smokers were being unfairly penalized once again. People’s intolerance of their smoking habit was out of proportion to alcohol or drug users, they added.

Tobacco Growers Profit Dropped, Low Tobacco Prices

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

cheap al fakher tobaccoTobacco growers in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), declared that low demand and a dropping sales price for Virginia-variety Al Fakher tobacco are threatening their livelihoods. The farmers, who are expecting big losses for this year’s harvest, are asking the provincial administration to intervene in the tobacco market. This year’s harvest has brought little but trouble to Lombok’s independent tobacco farmers. The sale price of Virginia tobacco recently ranges between Rp 3,000 (US 31 cents) and Rp 5,000 per kilogram, decreased dramatically from between Rp 30,000 (US$3.30) and Rp 35,000 a kilogram in 2011.

“Last year, we could sell of tobacco for Rp 3 million per kilogram, but the price has decreased to Rp 3,500 per kilogram,” Lalu Musdar, a farmer from Janapria, Central Lombok, argued. “The tobacco companies are manipulating the costs as they wish. We wish the governor to urge them to purchase tobacco from us at a fair price.”

Musdar, who had planted Virginia tobacco on more than 1.3 hectares of his farm in Janapria, explained he would suffer big losses of up to Rp 70 million if he fails to sell his harvest.

Operational costs for growing tobacco this year have increased as sale prices have dropped. Musdar declared that he rented 1.3 hectares for to cultivate the tobacco for Rp 8 million, while his other costs have also raised.

The price of fertilizer, for example, has increased from Rp 200,000 to Rp 300,000 per quintal. Musdar reported that he paid for 8 quintals to raise his tobacco crop.

Labor wages have also risen sharply, from Rp 15,000 last year to Rp 35,000 this year.

“If the price of tobacco is Rp 30,000 per kilogram, we might gain a less profit, but the price has dropped. For our production expenses, we borrowed from the cooperative and loan sharks at a high interest rate,” Musdar added.

Tobacco growing is centered on three regencies on Lombok Island: Central, East and West Lombok. More than 16,373 hectares were dedicated to tobacco cultivation for 2012.

The farmers set a production target of 32,464 tons, which they had planned to sell to 21 partner tobacco companies.

However, five firms backed out of purchasing from the farmers, while several others reduced the size of their procurement citing a declined in cigarette production. Another tobacco farmer, Fatahillah, urged the provincial administration to avoid the operational licenses of companies that failed to increase their prices for tobacco crop.

Tobacco Market Innovation, Reynolds American Smoke-Free Products

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

discount beratt cigaretteReynolds American Inc. reported that its main focus on innovation and the development of new tobacco products will help the company stay involving in the face of decreasing smoking rates. Reynolds American President and CEO Daan Delen explained that during Investors Day presentations Monday morning that the company is focusing over the long-term on arising smoke-free products such as snus and its new e-cigarette Vuse that offer larger margins and greater potential for growth.

“Everything we’re working on from an innovation standpoint has a higher margin than cigs,” Delen argued. “I think we’re very well positioned in an evolving tobacco market.”

Authorities with the Winston-Salem-based tobacco company (NYSE: RAI) said volumes have risen this year in smoke-free categories such as moist snuff and snus, particularly among younger demographics, while cigarette amounts continue to drop.

But Delen emphasized that cigarettes are still the essential focus and business for the tobacco industry. He offered an internal mantra of “80/90/90,” which reflects that 80 per cent of the company’s resources are still in the combustible tobacco space, 90 per cent of its organizational resources focus on that area, and 90 per cent of its investigation and development budget is centered on combustibles.

“That is the main category that is still going to deliver a lot of growth in the future,” Delen declared, noting that the U.S. cigarette market continues to offer approximately a $14 billion “profit pool,” about 85 per cent of which comes from cigs.

But Reynolds American’s strategy on “transforming tobacco” is  evident, as Delen spent substantial time talking about other categories besides cigarettes in advertising the company’s efforts toward new innovation.