Like most tobacco categories, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted cigars and cigarillos, resulting in supply disruptions and affecting consumption. However, as these products cater only to premium consumers and are not mainstream like cigarettes, the decline was not significant.
During the peak of the pandemic peak in 2020, many state governments, including Delhi, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh, banned hookah in all establishments to curb the possibility of virus transmission. As the smoking process involves sharing mouthpieces and hoses, these state governments decided to act decisively to control the spread of the pandemic.
Manufacturers are aggrieved that cigars and cigarillos are taxed like cigarettes. They believe these are luxury products that are not as addictive, and most consumers do not inhale the smoke.
Historically, manufacturers used cigar clubs and events to increase the penetration of cigars in India. Cigar clubs consist of cigar aficionados coming together and sharing their passion for these products.
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