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Tobacco Packaging Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Material (Plastic, Paper, Paperboard, and Others), By Product Type (Boxes, Folding Cartons, Films & Wraps, Bags & Pouches, and Others), By Packaging Type (Primary and Secondary), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: June 24, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI102865



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The global tobacco packaging market size was valued at USD 18.23 billion in 2023 and is projected to grow from USD 18.90 billion in 2024 to USD 27.81 billion by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.76% during the forecast period. Asia Pacific dominated the tobacco packaging market with a market share of 33.02% in 2023.

Tobacco is an agricultural product obtained by curing tobacco leaves. It contains highly addictive stimulant nicotine and is used to produce several products, including cigars, cigarettes, and chewing tobacco. The demand for these tobacco products has increased exponentially over time consequently driving this market. Moreover, packaging is essential to tobacco products as it provides a barrier against moisture and helps to protect the packed tobacco from bacteria, aroma transmission, and deterioration. Several countries have adopted the concept of plain packaging to regulate cigarette consumption in individual nations. This gives the manufacturers very little space to innovate and develop new products for tobacco packaging. However, the packaging products appear to be the only source of promotion for tobacco products. Hence, packaging companies look for every opportunity to design attractive packaging solutions that cater to all the regulatory guidelines.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on various industries globally including tobacco packaging industry. The supply chain disruption caused by the pandemic delayed procurement of materials, including paper, cardboard, and inks used for tobacco packaging.

Tobacco Packaging Market Trends

Growing Demand for Heated Tobacco Units (HTU) to Fuel the Market Growth

Shifting consumer interest from smoking tobacco to using smokeless tobacco, especially heated tobacco units (HTU), has boosted the demand for the product. Moreover, a surge in the usage of heated tobacco units can be ascribed to the growing awareness among consumers about the health effects caused by tobacco consumption. The smoking tobacco market encompasses the production, distribution, and sale of various tobacco products primarily intended for smoking. This diverse market includes traditional cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipe tobacco, and specialty products, contributing to a global industry that has been a significant part of cultural practices for centuries.

Moreover, companies such as Philip Morris International (PMI), Japan Tobacco International (JTI), and British American Tobacco (BAT) are making investments and promoting their HTU products. HTUs are witnessing huge demand from several countries, such as the U.S., Germany, and Japan. Hence, increasing demand for HTU is expected to propel the market growth for tobacco packaging globally.

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Tobacco Packaging Market Growth Factors

Growth in Consumption of Smokeless Forms of Tobacco to Drive Market Growth

The rising ill effects of smoke emitted during tobacco consumption on smokers and passive smokers, majorly in children, have driven the demand for smokeless forms of tobacco. Thus, the smokeless products, including snuff, gum, snus, and chewing tobacco, are consumed as cigarette substitutes. Moreover, specialty packaging products are developed to protect the quality of these products that might get affected due to absorption of moisture and external temperature. The rising marketing activities of snus are expected to proliferate the demand for the product. For instance, in October 2019, the U.S. FDA allowed the marketing of snus by stating that instead of smoking, the product puts the consumer at a lower risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, mouth cancer, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Hence, such permissions allow the tobacco manufacturers to market smokeless tobacco products as safe, thus further augmenting tobacco consumption and its packaging products.

Use of Packaging as a Medium for Product Promotion to Fuel Market Growth

The rising use of tobacco packaging as a medium for promoting tobacco products is anticipated to propel market growth.  In the tobacco industry, packaging is a robust marketing strategy for advertising, promoting products, and creating brand awareness by providing overall information about the product. This is due to government restrictions over advertising tobacco products via other advertising channels. These restrictions make packaging the only medium for promoting the products. Hence, the tobacco is packaged in a way that can help create the company’s brand value in consumers’ minds and meet government policies. Several companies have continuously made investments in developing attractive packaging solutions to retain their customer base and aim to gain new customers. For instance, in 2019, Philip Morris International (PMI) unveiled packaging in different bright colors for its HTU solutions to create brand awareness. These factors increase the demand for packaging in the tobacco industry. 


Stringent Regulations on Tobacco Marketing and Consumption May Hamper the Market Growth

Regulatory demands for standardized packaging, including graphic warnings and plain packaging, will limit the scope for innovation in design and branding. Printers face the challenge of creating visually appealing packaging within the regulatory constraints. As governments across the world have implemented or considered plain packaging laws, the affected industries have challenged these laws, arguing that such regulations infringe on their intellectual property rights and trademarks. Countries, such as the U.S., Canada, India, China, and ASEAN have laid strict guidelines regarding the marketing of tobacco products. The products should be manufactured in plain packaging, with about 50-90% of the area covered with health warnings, which reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products. Furthermore, tobacco causes lung diseases and cancer in humans, thereby reducing the consumption of tobacco products. These factors may deter the consumer from purchasing the product, thus hampering the market growth.

Tobacco Packaging Market Segmentation Analysis

By Material Analysis

Plastic Segment to Remain the Largest Material Owing to its High Demand in Chewing Tobacco Blends

By material, the market is segmented into plastic, paperboard, paper, and others. Plastic is the dominant material segment in this market. Moreover, plastic packaging is used in the form of bags and pouches, owing to its huge demand in rolling or chewing tobacco blends. The plastic cellophane polypropylene films used to wrap cigarette cartons provide a barrier against moisture, light, and air, helping prevent cigarette degradation while offering better product visibility.

Paper is the second-largest material used in tobacco packaging and is growing at the highest growth rate compared to others. It is the thick material used for packaging tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigars. The growth of the paper segment can be attributed to its properties, such as lightweight, foldability, rigidity, and printability. Paper packages are available in different shapes and sizes depending on the sizes of cigarettes produced. A paper is used in tipping the cigarette, a part that forms a mouthpiece to hold a cigarette filter. Moreover, the material enables the containing and protection of the packed tobacco products from moisture and deterioration. This results in its increasing use for the packaging of tobacco products.

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By Product Type Analysis

Cost-Effectiveness of Folding Cartons to Propel Segment Growth

Based on product type, the market is classified into boxes, folding cartons, films & wraps, bags & pouches, and others. The tobacco industry is mandated to follow strict regulations, including health warnings and branding restrictions.  In this regard, folding cartons offer ample surface area for mandatory warning labels and legal information, ensuring compliance while maintaining brand recognition. Hard packs often feature a hinged or flip-top lid for convenient access to the cigarettes. The interior of the pack includes a foil or inner lining to preserve the freshness and quality of the tobacco. The exterior serves as a canvas for branding and regulatory information, allowing manufacturers to showcase their logos, health warnings, and other required details.

Folding cartons are often made of recyclable or biodegradable materials, making them a more sustainable choice compared to some other packaging options. Manufacturers can choose from various sizes, shapes, and finishes to create a unique packaging solution that enhances the product's appeal.

Moreover, tobacco products are sensitive to light, air, and moisture. Folding cartons provide excellent protection against these elements, preserving the quality and freshness of the tobacco products stored inside. The factors mentioned above, and the cost effectiveness of folding cartons are expected to maintain their dominance in this market during the forecast period.

By Packaging Type Analysis

Secondary Packaging to be the Fastest-Growing Segment Owing to Rising Cigarette Demand

Based on packaging type, the market is classified into primary and secondary. The secondary packaging segment is expected to grow at a high growth rate compared to primary packaging segment during the review period. The secondary packaging helps protect the primary packaging and allows the grouping of primary packages during storage, wholesale, and transportation. The rising demand for innovative cigarette boxes and increasing demand for cigarettes and cigars is anticipated to provide robust growth opportunities to the secondary packaging segment.

The primary packaging products directly come in contact with the tobacco products and seal the tobacco products. Paper, plastic, and metal are the materials used in primary packaging. This type of packaging avoids the contamination of tobacco from the external environment. It maintains the quality of packed tobacco until it has been consumed or the product's shelf life. Primary tobacco packaging market is growing at a very steady pace over time and is expected to continue growing at a very stable growth rate during the forecast period.


Based on the region, the market is categorized into the Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East & Africa.

Asia Pacific Tobacco Packaging Market Size, 2023 (USD Billion)

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Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing region and holds the largest tobacco packaging market share. China, India, and Japan are the leading countries manufacturing tobacco products. The rising demand for cigarettes is creating lucrative growth opportunities for the regional growth.

Europe is the second-leading region contributing to the market, in which Russia, Germany, and the U.K. are the leading contributors. Advancements in printing and packaging technologies allow manufacturers for more complex and appealing design with anti-counterfeiting features. However, the growth of this region is declining, owing to stringent regulation over tobacco consumption. In addition, the rising consumption of e-cigarettes is declining the demand for tobacco products in this region.

The Middle East & Africa is the third-largest region owing to the rising demand for tobacco products such as cigars, cigarettes, and chewing tobacco in countries including Turkey, South Africa, and Egypt. This has surged the demand for tobacco packaging products in this region.

List of Key Companies in Tobacco Packaging Market

Major Players Deploy Different Growth Strategies to Retain Their Industry Position 

The competitive landscape shows a semi-consolidated market, with the top 15 companies with a major market share. Key companies in the market have invested considerable resources in researching and developing several tobacco packaging technologies and products to produce them. A diversified product portfolio, safe and novel technology development, superior operational efficiency, and a strong distribution network for tobacco packaging end users are key strengths of the market leaders. The companies have adapted the new product development, acquisition, and expansion strategies to boost their regional presence and product portfolio.


  • Amcor Limited (Australia)

  • WestRock (U.S.)

  • Smurfit Kappa (Ireland)

  • Mondi Group (Austria)

  • Sonoco (U.S.)

  • Stora Enso Oyj (Finland)

  • Innovia Films (U.K.)

  • ITC Limited (India)

  • Taghleef Industries (U.S.)

  • International Plastics Inc. (U.S.)

  • Cigar Box Factory Estelí S.A. (Nicaragua)

  • LLFlex (U.S.)

  • Atlantic Packaging (U.S.)


  • June 2022 – Mondi Group acquired Powerflute, a Nordic Packaging and Container Holdings division, for USD 398 million. Powerflute operates a paper & pulp mill in Finland with an annual production capacity of 285 KT of semi-chemical fluting. The business would get integrated into Mondi’s Packaging Paper business unit.

  • April 2022 – Siegwerk, one of the leading global providers of printing inks and coatings for packaging applications, inaugurated a warehouse and color-matching center at Tauru (Haryana) to support India’s growing demand for packaging inks.

  • March 2022 – WestRock Company, a global manufacturer of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, expanded its consumer packaging facility in Claremont by 285,000 square feet.

  • September 2020 – LLFlex, a global leader in packaging materials and industrial laminate solutions for consumer packaging, announced the acquisition of Hampden Papers. This move bolstered the company’s consumer packaging offerings of packaging niches, including various paper, film, and foil-based packaging for food & beverage, premium laminated carton board for health & beauty products, and transfer-metalized paper and board for sustainable packaging solutions.

  • June 2022 – Stora Enso launched 100% virgin fiber-based white top kraftliner, AvantForte to target demanding premium segments, such as fresh food, e-commerce, and shelf-ready packaging.


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The report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, packaging types, and product materials. Besides this, it offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market over recent years.

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Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 4.76% from 2024 to 2032


Value (USD Billion) and Volume (Kiloton)


By Material

  • Plastic

  • Paper

  • Paperboard

  • Others

By Product Type

  • Boxes

  • Folding Cartons

  • Films & Wraps

  • Bags & Pouches

  • Others

By Packaging Type

  • Primary

  • Secondary

By Region

  • North America (By Material, By Product Type, By Packaging Type, and Country)

    • U.S. (By Material)

    • Canada (By Material)

  • Europe (By Material, By Product Type, By Packaging Type, and Country)

    • Germany (By Material)

    • France (By Material)

    • U.K. (By Material)

    • Italy (By Material)

    • Spain (By Material)

    • Russia (By Material)

    • Rest of Europe (By Material)

  • Asia Pacific (By Material, By Product Type, By Packaging Type, and Country)

    • China (By Material)

    • India (By Material)

    • Japan(By Material)

    • Australia (By Material)

    • Southeast Asia (By  Material)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By  Material)

  • Latin America (By Material, By Product Type, By Packaging Type, and Country)

    • Brazil (By  Material)

    • Mexico (By Material)

    • Rest of Latin America (By Material)

  • Middle East& Africa (By Material, By Product Type, By Packaging Type, and Country)

    • GCC (By Material)

    • South Africa (By Material)

    • Rest of  Middle East & Africa (By Material)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was valued at USD 18.23 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 27.81 billion by 2032.

In 2023, the market value stood at USD 6.02 billion.

Recording a CAGR of 4.76%, the market is expected to exhibit significant growth during the forecast period of 2024-2032.

Based on material, the plastic segment is the leading segment in the market.

Rising demand for smokeless tobacco products, including snuff, gum, and chewing tobacco, is the key factor driving the market growth.

Asia Pacific held the largest market share in 2023.

Increasing demand for HTUs and the growing use of packaging as a medium for product promotion are a few factors supporting the product adoption.

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