In April 2022, the Israeli government reduced the penalty for personal use of cannabis, which is no longer considered a criminal offence, and carries a maximum penalty of 500-100 nis. Although cannabis is not yet legal, this is a significant step.
2022 saw the beginning of a trend led by both retailers and importers/distributors in the tobacco industry to reduce their product portfolios for niche products with low success rates. This trend is expected to increase over the forecast period, leading to increased sales of bestseller brands.
Smoking prevalence will continue to fall in the years ahead, and this may be exacerbated by stricter regulation. For example, a ban on all flavoured cigarette and tobacco products is currently under consideration, as is a reduction in the amount of nicotine and tar in cigarettes.
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RETAIL SALES OF DUTY PAID CIGARETTES The definition of cigarettes for the purposes of this study is duty-paid, machine manufactured white-stick products. This does not exclude brands of cigarettes that do not use white paper but it is designed to exclude the volume of non-machine manufactured products such as bidis/beedis (India) and papirosy (Russia), and other smoking products made with tobacco but that either do not resemble cigarettes as recognised in the US or Europe, or those that are not machine manufactured. The exclusion of these products is intended to give a more accurate picture of the "true" market for cigarettes and cigars which has been distorted in official statistics and published reports because of the inclusion of hybrid products. NB Please note that due to its central importance and integration into the industry mainstream, Indonesia’s market data does include hand-rolled kreteks DUTY-FREE sales are excluded from retail sales, as are herbal cigarettes. ILLICIT TRADE CIGARETTES Not included in retail sales, but split out separately in volume terms only. Defined as non-duty paid cigarettes (includes smuggled & counterfeit/fake products combined). Legitimate cross-border sales are considered duty-paid. Sales arising from a foreign national purchasing cheaper cigarettes in bulk in a neighbouring country for personal use and exported back are attributed to the country where the purchase is made (e.g. bulk cigarette sales by British nationals in France are attributed to France).See All of Our Definitions
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