Cigarette market ‘in disarray’, price war looms, and more people share smokes – study

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  • Cigarette prices have continued to soar under lockdown – yet a smaller percentage of study respondents quit, with large demographic differences among those who had quit and those who had not. 
  • While the state previously claimed that FITA had wanted to challenge the ban out of financial interest, FITA brands have actually increased their market share under the ban. 
  • The number of people who indicated that they regularly shared individual cigarette sticks increased from 1.7% to 8.9% under lockdown, an increase of 430%.

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