Smoking Tobacco in the UK, 2015

Smoking Tobacco in the UK, 2015


The United Kingdom smoking tobacco market is characterized by two distinct sectors: a UK-duty paid market and a large non-UK duty paid element, the latter comprising both legitimate and illegal cross-border sales. Legitimate UK-duty paid sales of smoking tobacco increased to a peak of almost 6,500 tons in 2013, but dropped in 2014. However, a further 6,000 tons of non-UK duty paid smoking tobacco is believed to have been consumed.

Key Findings

The UK domestic duty paid smoking tobacco market increased for the tenth consecutive year in 2013, reaching a peak around of 6,500 tons, driven by the growing demand for fine cut tobacco, but suffered a slight setback in 2014, when duty paid volume declined less than 1%

Based on this data, Canadean estimates that the UK adult smoking population aged 18 and over stood at almost 10 million in 2014, compared with 13 million approximately in 1990 and 12 million in 2000.

Exports figures show that the Netherlands and the UAE were the most notable countries for exportations in 2013, with Indonesia and Vietnam emerging as important destinations in 2014. Germany was the most significant destination for exports in 2014, followed by the Netherlands and Poland

Growth in demand for FCT is expected to resume from 2016 onwards, with duty paid volumes forecast to reach less than 8,000 tonnes by 2024, which represents an increase of more than 20% from 2014 volumes


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Market size and structure of the overall and per capita consumption based upon a unique combination of industry research, fieldwork, market sizing analysis and our in-house expertise

Detailed information such as market shares and recent developments of the manufacturers and leading brands, along with company profiles

Regulations, taxation, retail pricing, smoking habits, and the growing health concerns affecting overall production

Prospects and forecasts of overall sales and consumption for 2014 to 2024

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Executive summary
Market context
Tobacco products market, Volume, %, 2004 & 2014
Tobacco products market, Volume, Tons, 2004-2014
Market size and structure
Consumption of smoking tobacco, tons, 2004-2015
Per capita consumption of smoking tobacco, grams per year, 2004-2015
Market segmentation by FCT and duty paid and non-duty paid, 2004-2015
Cigarette consumption, manufactured v FCT, 2004-2015
Make-Your-Own, Volume, Tons, 2003-2014
Production and trade
Production, Tons 2004 – 2014
Imports, Tons, 2004-2014
Imports by country of origin, %, 2014
Imports in packs =500g, volume, 2007-2014
Imports in packs =500g, value, 2007-2014
Exports, Tons, 2004-2014
Exports by country of destination, %, 2014
Exports in packs =500g, volume, 2007-2014
Exports in packs =500g, value, 2007-2014
Taxation and retail price
EU: fine cut tobacco, tax incidence comparison, 2015
FCT: Typical Retail Prices, 2015
Manufacturers and brands
Manufacturer shares, volume, %, 2008-2013
Brand family shares, volume, %, 2009-2014
Company profiles
The smoking population
Adult smoking prevalence by gender, 2004-2014
Smoking prevalence among males, by age, 2007, 2010, 2013
Smoking prevalence among females, by age, 2007, 2010, 2013
Operating constraints
Operating constraints
Advertising restrictions
Heath warnings and labelling requirements
Other restrictions
FCT: Sales by Outlet, value %, 2008-2009
FCT Sales by Price Sector & Channel, 2008-2009
Prospects and forecasts
Fine cut tobacco consumption, Tons, 2014-2024
Per capita consumption, grams per year, 2014-2024
Additional data tables
Summary methodology
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