"Cigarettes in Uzbekistan" is now available at Fast Market Research

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Published: Sun Aug 23 2015

The cigarette trade continues to face government restrictions focused on the fight to reduce the prevalence of smoking in the country. As a result, Uzbek legislation has developed at a dynamic pace. The Uzbekistan parliament continues to introduce new measures to reduce the prevalence of smoking among the population. In the framework of the State Program, “The year of the healthy child”, approved on 19 February 2014 by the President of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Justice, State Committee on Competition and the Federation of Consumer Rights Protection, concerned ministries and institutions were required to draft a law envisaging the introduction of administrative penalties for the use of tobacco products in public places, as well as for the promotion of tobacco products. The draft law had to be presented to the National Parliament in December 2014. Since neither the Anti-Tobacco Law nor Administrative Code of Uzbekistan prescribed a punishment for smoking in public places, except the article imposing a ban of one-twentieth the minimum wage for smoking on public transport, the projected law is expected to have a limited impact on sales of cigarettes in Uzbekistan.

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Competitive Landscape

The tobacco industry in Uzbekistan is a monopoly, represented by one manufacturer, BAT Uzbekistan. The company was established as a joint venture of British American Tobacco and the government of Uzbekistan. However, in 2013 BAT Uzbekistan increased its share to 97.4%, while the government’s share of the company comprised the remaining 3%. Hence, BAT Uzbekistan is the property of British American Tobacco and is not expected to be sold in the foreseeable future.

Industry Prospects

During the review period cigarette manufacturers had to face significant obstacles which reduced their sales. Over the course of the forecast period cigarettes are expected to remain the most demanded tobacco product, although the government will continue to impose new restrictions to reduce the prevalence of smoking. Moreover, due to the jump of excise rates on non-filtered cigarettes in 2015, as well as on imported cigarettes in mid-2013, demand for these products is expected to decrease in the coming years. This will therefore facilitate growth of BAT’s share in the Uzbekistan market.

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