The is limited demand for smoking tobacco in Uzbekistan. Retail current value sales of smoking tobacco declined for the first time in eight years during 2020.
Demand for fine cut tobacco is negligible in Uzbekistan, as it is not perceived as an alternative to cigarettes by most local smokers. However, some low-income consumers in rural areas cultivate their own tobacco.
Al-Fakher Tobacco Trading retained its dominant position in pipe tobacco in 2020 – increasing its retail volume share for the first time in four years. As the first significant brand of pipe tobacco in Uzbekistan, it benefits from a high level of consumer awareness.
Retail volume sales of smoking tobacco will continue to decline during 2021, as some consumers remain reluctant to frequent on-trade venues due to the risk of contracting COVID-19. However, as more of the local population is vaccinated and the threat posed by the pandemic begins to fade, retail volume sales will begin to grow again during 2022 and exceed their pre-pandemic (2019) peak in 2023.
At-home consumption of pipe tobacco could be boosted by the pandemic. Some consumers may seek to replicate the hookah experience at home in order to avoid having to do some in public places, where they would be more at risk of contracting COVID-19.
Retail volume sales of cigars and cigarillos are expected to remain insignificant in Uzbekistan over the course of the forecast period. As no local producers have shown any interest in offering these products, they will remain expensive and their distribution will be very limited.
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