Big Tobacco Companies consider Japan as the ideal test ground for HnB tobacco products, since regular e-cigarettes are not allowed due to the country’s strict nicotine regulations. Additionally this nation is one renowned for having a high regard for cleanliness and health, hence non-combustible cigarettes are sought after as they are in line with these values.
PMI currently sells a pack of 20 HeatSticks, at 500 yen ($4.43). CEO Andre Calantzopoulos said that a new “HEETS” line will now be available at 470 yen a pack. “We want to cater to the entire population. From a pricing perspective, that will help product perception,” he said.
Target sales for safer alternatives are not being reached
This year, PMI has experienced a slower-than-expected growth in IQOS, after building a leading position in the global HNB market. Similarly, BAT has cut 10% off its target for revenue from electronic and noncombustible cigarettes, as it forecasts 900 million pounds ($1.2 billion), saying that it will not reach the expected targets this year.
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