The number of users of e-vapour products in Algeria continued to grow amongst both male and female consumers in 2021. Noticeable amongst the male audience was a particular preference for open vaping systems with direct inhalation, given their substantial proportion of vapour and nicotine, whilst female smokers appreciate more the perceived advantages of closed vaping systems, namely their small size, ease-of-use and being odourless.
Following the declining exchange rate of the local currency, e-vapour products became subject to significant average unit prices increases as they rely exclusively on imports. Together with the negative economic impact of COVID-19, the ensuing price hikes reduced the appeal of e-vapour products amongst some consumers, with the result that growth is progressing at a slower pace, whilst illicit trade continues gaining ground.
Smokeless tobacco in Algeria is not a well-organised category and it suffers considerably from counterfeiting. Much of the produce is smuggled into the country from other countries bordering Algeria and several small, unknown informal players are operating in the category.
Smokeless tobacco has always been legally allowed in Algeria and it will continue growing positively over the forecast period as it is traditionally popular in the country. Smokeless tobacco is particularly popular amongst the old generation, but younger people fall back on this type of tobacco as an alternative to quitting smoking.
Smokeless tobacco sales’ growth is expected to be slower due to growing maturity of the category and the high taxes on tobacco introduced in recent years, which is leading to higher unit prices in smokeless tobacco. Loose US-style moist snuff, known locally as Chemma, is expected to remain the only smokeless tobacco product area in Algeria over the forecast period.
Although growing fast, vapour products remains a small niche in Algeria, with it being in the early stages of development. However, they are expected to see dynamic growth as the majority of consumers, who want to quit smoking cigarettes and switch to e-cigarettes, will chose products with a high vapour output.
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Smokeless Tobacco, E-Vapour Products and Heated Tobacco
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