An intense September for the tobacco-alternatives industry is not over yet. Swedish Match has suddenly announced that the company is to become 100% smoke-free by next year with the separation of its cigar business in the US, a decision that is likely to have an impact in the market.

The Stockholm-based company is set to become the first tobacco manufacturer to stop making all combustible tobacco products.

It says this comes after a “thorough strategic review” of its business and that from now on it wants to focus on building its presence in the modern oral category – snus and nicotine pouches.

The spin-off process is expected to be completed in the second half of 2022 “at the earliest”. A new stand-alone company will be set up to continue the exploration of the existing cigar business.

“This announcement is another milestone toward achievement of our aspiration to become an entirely smoke-free organisation with a clear leadership position in oral reduced risk products, including ZYN, the largest modern oral brand in the US and globally,” said Lars Dahlgren, president and CEO of Swedish Match.

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David Palacios Rubio – Tobacco Intelligence – 2021-09-15.

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