Market reports / Europe

Japan takes the lead – but is heated tobacco equally hot everywhere?

10th November 2017 | Market reports |

Web traffic has a strong correlation to sales and sales growth of the consummables inside heated tobacco products. The analysis of web traffic data therefore gives us a good indication of the direction of movement of the category and the likely growth going forwards. This report aims to gauge the success of heated tobacco products by analysing traffic to the manufacturers’ websites.

Nicotine products on the horizon as Norway eases in TPD rules

30th September 2017 | Market reports |

The EU’s Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) has not yet been fully adopted in Norway. It is anticipated that the sale and manufacture of nicotine containing e-cigarettes and e-liquids will be allowed in the first half of 2018. They are currently banned except for personal import. Online remains the main distribution channel, with foreign online companies having a significant presence.

Finland: market grows despite strict regulation

22nd September 2017 | Market reports |

The EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) was transposed in Finland the form of the Tobacco Act, which made Finland one of the EU’s most strictly regulated countries. Market growth of 40% throughout 2016–2017 was mainly determined by increased numbers of vapers (+16%), growth of the share of daily users (30% in 2017 compared with 14% in 2016), plus an overall price increase in most e-cigarette categories.

Physical stores remain focus of vape chains in France

20th September 2017 | Market reports |

in our latest look at the French market, we see that all the studied vape store chains are at least partially using a franchise business model. Our franchising conditions’ analysis revealed the Jwell chain has the most attractive franchise conditions, while Clopinette had the strictest. All the vape stores have an online retail presence; however, their focus is on their physical stores.

Italy: vape store geographical breakdown and analysis

15th September 2017 | Market reports |

Our research on Italian e-cig retailers has revealed that the region around Rome is Italy’s most developed vape store market, with more than four times as many vape stores per inhabitant than the lowest-density areas. There may be scope for growth in Milan and Naples, given these cities have around half the vape store density of Rome.

The vape store market is dominated by the leading vape store chains in the northeastern region. Elsewhere, stores are predominantly independently owned/branded. There is very little crossover between the online and vape store distribution channels.

Open systems dominate markets across the Baltic States

14th September 2017 | Market reports |

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, collectively known as the Baltic states have a total population of around 6m and share common political traits, economies and history. In our latest report, we estimate the Baltic states’ e-cig market is currently worth around €15m, with 75,000 vapers. Open-system products dominate the market, with basic open systems being very popular. The online channel is more developed in Lithuania and Estonia. In Latvia, due the ban on online retail, most sales are offline.

Poland: the vape store chains

4th September 2017 | Market reports |

ECigIntelligence examines the leading bricks-and-mortar vape chains in Poland and finds that BAT’s eSmokingWorld leads the way, with more than 800 stores across the country

Portugal market adapting to new regulations and lower tax

30th August 2017 | Market reports |

After the fall of the market size due the e-liquid tax, it seems both companies and vapers have now adapted to the new regulation. As the market starts to grow again, we find advance modular systems have a high prevalence. With distance sales forbidden, Portugal stores have adapted the same strategy as companies in Belgium and Austria: the catalogue is online but there is no delivery.