Overall, tobacco registered a fall in current value saes in 2021. This was driven by a further drop in volume sales in the most popular tobacco product, cigarettes.
In a significant development in 2021, heated tobacco was made legal. Uruguay has followed a strong anti-tobacco campaign since 2006 and its policies have been very successful, with smoking prevalence falling sharply over this period.
Cía Industrial de Tabaco Monte Paz SA continued to dominate cigarettes in 2021. However, it lost some ground to Abal Hnos SA.
Newsagents-tobacconists and kiosks continued to account for more than half of retail volume sales in 2021, with street vendors also accounting for sizeable volume sales. E-commerce continued to account for only a small portion of volume sales; however, its growth has been significant and it is expected to continue to gain further value share over the forecast period.
Cigarettes will register a decline in constant value sales over the forecast period and this will be driven by the continued fall in smoking prevalence. In addition, with inflation expected to continue to be high, due to global factors such as rising energy prices, as well as further tax hikes on cigarettes, the illicit trade is expected to steal further value share.
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