Cigarettes News and Articles for Period of April 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

600,000-Cigarette-Pack Fort

Wang Guanyi is 46-year-old cigarette pack collector from Longnan, China and he recently built a fort model from 600,000 empty cigarette packs.

According to his words, Wang has been fascinated with cigarette packs ever since he was little and collected his first one off the street, when he was just seven years old. He was first attracted by the intense colors and nice images on the packs, and kept collecting them until he reached an impressive 600,000 several decades later.

Cigarettes Packs Castle

After he saw a TV show about a man who had built a house out of wine bottles Wang was inspired to do the same thing with his cigarette pack collection. It took him about a month to finish his 30-foot fort-like building made with 600,000 colorful cigarette packs. It was 6.06m long, 4.68m wide and 1.68m wide, and won Wang Guanyi a certificate from the China Record Office for the world’s largest cigarette pack structure. Unfortunately he was forced to tear down the castle as soon as his record was acknowledged, due to space related problems.

Important Notice: Glamour here..

Monday, April 7, 2014

A History of Tobacco Industry

Tobacco smoking in many regions of the world has been practiced for centuries. The tobacco plant has been grown in America since the 17th century and later was brought to Europe In 1865, Washington Duke from North Carolina began to roll cigarettes and sell them to others for profit. This was the beginning of cigarettes industry.

James Bonsack in 1883 invented a machine that could roll cigarettes and produce thousands of them daily. He started a business called the American Tobacco Company, which was the first company to produce cigarettes on a large scale. The mechanized production of cigarettes widely increased the reputation of smoking, and made cigarettes much more accessible to everyone.

In the late 19th century cigarettes were being sold in packs and marketed throughout the United States. Cigarettes were packaged into containers of ten that were marked with the name of the company that manufactured them and various logos or designs. The packs of ten cigarettes sold for five cents each. Cigarette packages were made of paper with a small card inserted to reinforce the package. These cards were designed with attractive prints that served as a form of advertisement for the cigarette, and people began to collect and trade these cigarette cards, a practice called cartophily. The manufacturers of cigarette packs began to design cards specifically with the purpose of trading in mind, which in turn boosted their sales.

In the late nineteenth century cigarettes were being sold in packs and marketed throughout America. Cigarettes were pre-packed into containers of 10 that were marked with the name of the corporate that factory-made them and varied logos or styles. The packs were composed of 10 cigarettes and sold for 5 cents. The makers of smoke packs began to style cards specifically with the aim of advertising and boosting sales.

The first popular brands were Fragrant Rose cigarettes, sold in the 1880s, issued cards with romantic and flowery images or Creole cigarettes, known for issuing baseball cards for the Newsboys League in 1888. Other popular brands of the late 19th century were Sweet Caporal, Lone Jack, and Three Kings. Only in the early 20th century that companies such as Philip Morris Tobacco, the founder of Marlboro cigarettes, began their activity.

The evolution of the cigarette industry continued into the first half of the 20th century. Cigarette usage initially began as a habit for soldiers; but with the automation of cigarette production, followed by the popularity of cards due to advertising, many more people began to smoke cigarettes and in the 1920s, the cost of a pack of cigarettes ranged from 15 cents to a quarter.

Nowadays, two of the largest producers, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Philip Morris have bought out many of the smaller industries , becoming international corporations with branches all around the world.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Philip Morris Extension to Russian Market

Philip Morris Cigarettes
The policy to spread and to increase volumes is well known among tobacco companies and there is always a tendency to invade new markets. And recently the two giant tobacco manufacturers, Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International, have declared that they have agreed to buy minority stakes in their Russian distributor Megapolis.

Megapolisis today the main distributor of cigarettes in Russia, with 70% share in the Russian tobacco market. It has agreements with world largest tobacco producing companies such as Philip Morris International, Imperial Tobacco Group and Japan Tobacco International . Recently the famous Marlboro cigarettes manufacturer Philip Morris, decided to buy 20% stake in Megapolis for a sum of $750 million.

The company has the obligation to pay additionally $100 million based on the outcomes obtained by Megapolis over 4 years after the transaction. Philip Morris expects that the purchase will be very beneficial to company’s earnings in the first quarter of 2014.

The economical and business researches show that Russian tobacco market is the most profitable because there is almost 40% of adults smokers. And a positive news is that Russia plans to reduce import duties on cigars and cigarillos by 2017.