Cigarette Filters Market

Cigarette Filters Market Sizes by Type (Disposable and Reusable), By Filter Type (Regular Filter and Specialty Filter) and By Distribution Channel (Online Sales and Offline Sales), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2023 to 2032

Base Year: 2022 Historical Data: 2019-21
  • Report ID: TBI-13960
  • Published Date: Jan, 2024
  • Pages: 239
  • Category: Consumer Goods
  • Format: PDF
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The global cigarette filters market was valued at USD 35.29 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2023 to 2032. Cigarette filters can effectively absorb vapor and undesired smoke particles. A cigarette filter lessens the harshness of the tobacco smoke. It aids in absorbing less smoke, tar, and other tiny particles as tobacco burns. The cigarette filters are used to stop big tobacco particles from entering the smoker's mouth. Cigarette filters comprise paper, rayon, cellulose acetate, cellulose fibre, and plastic substitutes. They come in white, are slenderer than a thread, and are deliberately packed to create a cigarette filter.

Market Introduction:

The main material used to make cigarette filters is cellulose acetate, a plastic made from wood pulp. Tightly packed cellulose acetate fibres form a cylindrical fibre with a thick, cotton-like appearance. Further, additives, including activated charcoal, thought to absorb hazardous chemicals, may be added to filters. A thorough engineering process was used to balance the composition's impact on tobacco flavor, price drop, and filtration efficiency. Cigarette filters were first introduced in the middle of the 20th century, and in the 1950s, their widespread took off. Manufacturers developed filters that could lower the intake of hazardous compounds to address the growing health risks associated with smoking. Early filters had straightforward designs, but as technology developed, producers experimented with various materials and setups to improve filtration performance.

The main purpose of cigarette filters is to reduce the amount of toxic compounds breathed during smoking. The smoker's porous nature captures particulate debris and several chemical compounds, keeping them from entering the smoker's lungs. It's crucial to remember that filters are not infallible and that tar and nicotine, among other dangerous substances, can still get through. Cigarette filters significantly impact smoking experiences. Manufacturers can control the taste, draw resistance, and overall sensation of the smoke by varying the density and content of the filter. Filters are made not only to lessen dangerous substances but also to improve smoking's sensory qualities, which makes it more appealing to users.

Cigarette Filters Market Size

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Recent Development
  • In September 2020: For USD 65 million, Essentra PLC agreed to purchase 3C Packaging Inc. This acquisition aims to strengthen Essentra's position in the pharmaceutical sector and broaden its range of products. Through the agreement, Essentra will have access to a wide range of plastic and fibre products, such as labels and packaging, that are tailored to the particular needs of the packaging and pharmaceutical industry. Furthermore, since 3C Packaging Inc. is situated in North Carolina, a major market for pharmaceutical products, this acquisition will allow Essentra to broaden its geographic reach. As a result, Essentra will have more chances to enter the North American market and bolster its standing in the international sector.

Market Dynamics:


Growing Consumer Health Awareness - The growing consumer awareness of the health dangers connected with smoking is one of the main drivers propelling the global market for cigarette filters. Smokers are looking for items that claim to lessen the hazardous ingredients in cigarette smoke as health consciousness increases on a global scale. This has created a market for cutting-edge and novel filter technologies by driving demand for filters that are thought to provide health benefits. As health concerns associated with smoking become more widely known, smokers are looking for alternatives that may limit their exposure to dangerous substances. The cigarette filters have become increasingly popular to help achieve this reduction. The purpose of filters is to minimize the quantity of tar and other dangerous elements that smokers inhale while they smoke. This is the primary factor for the market growth and development.


Effects of Standardization – With regulations dictating requirements for filtеr dеsigns, it has become commonplace to standardize cigarеttе filtеrs across different brands and products. In addition to limiting opportunities for innovation and differentiation within the market, this standardization makes it more difficult for businesses to adapt to shifting customer preferences. The introduction of strict laws by governments and health groups to lessen the negative consequences of smoking is one of the main drivers behind the standardization of cigarettes. As a result of these laws, cigarette filters that reduce dangerous materials from smoke—like tar and nicotine—have been developed. But this has also made it more difficult for manufacturing companies to innovate products that may make them stand out. This factor is restraining the market growth and development.


Shifting Consumer Preferences - The aim to provide distinct sensory experiences is a key driver of innovation in the cigarette filter market. Examples of filters that are becoming more popular among customers looking for a better smoking experience are those that are mentholated and flavor-infused. By accommodating a range of consumer interests and professionals, these filters increase market diversity and competitiveness. The urge to produce a smoother draw or lessen the harshness of smoke is another element that propelling innovation in the cigarette filter market. Filters with these qualities have grown in popularity as customers look for ways to make smoking more enjoyable. As a result, sophisticated materials and designs for filters have created, offering a smoother draw and less harshness, which has helped the market expand.

Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. Asia Pacific region emerged as the most prominent global cigarette filters market, with a 36.0% market revenue share in 2022. China is the world's biggest tobacco product consumer and significantly influences the Asia-Pacific market share. Despite the implementation of tobacco control measures by the Chinese government, a significant markdown for traditional cigarettes and filters remains due to the sheer number of smokers in the country. Consumer behavior is influenced by changing health consciousness and a growing desire for low-risk activities. Heated tobacco products are becoming more and more popular in nations like Japan, upending the dominance of regular cigarettes. This change in consumer preferences impacts the market share of cigarette filters because filters are not necessary for smoking alternatives. The regional market players also engage in various market strategies such as product innovation, product differentiation, mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and strategic alliances to maintain their competitive edge.

Asia Pacific Region Cigarette Filters Market Share in 2022 - 36.0%

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  • In June 2020: The worldwide technology and specialty materials company Celanese Corporation recently announced the signing of a technology licensing deal for the acetic acid route to acrylic acid. The company's business is anticipated to benefit from this deal in several ways, including increased income and clientele. Celanese's customer base is further increased by licensing the acetic acid approach to acrylic acid technology. Celanese may reach new markets and customers by enabling other businesses to create acrylic acid using this novel technique instead of relying on more conventional propylene-based processes. Celanese's market reach is expanded by this customer diversification, which lessens the company's reliance on any customer or sector.
Type Segment Analysis

The type segment includes reusable and disposable. The disposable segment dominated, with a market share of around 76% in 2022. Numerous factors affect the market share of disposable cigarette filtеrs. These factors are:

  • A major factor in their significant market penetration is the sheer number of smokers worldwide who choose the convenience of disposable filters. These easily accessible filters frequently come pre-installed on cigarettes, giving users a hassle-free option.
  • A wide range of customers, from light smokers to those who value the convenience of disposable filtеrs, are served by disposable filtеrs. The low cost of disposable choices also draws in budget-conscious customers, which aids in their broad acceptance.
  • These filtеrs' throwaway design fits with the broader trends of consumer goods that are disposable and single-use.
Filter Type Segment Analysis

The filter type segment is bifurcated into specialty filters and regular filters. The regular filters segment dominated, with a market share of around 58% in 2022. Regular filtеrs traditionally dominate the market for cigarette filtеrs. Making up the bulk of filtеr-еquippеd cigarettes worldwide, these filtеrs are usually composed of cellulose acetate and are intended to lower the amount of particulate matter and some dangerous compounds inhaled during smoking. Several elements that apply to a wide range of smokers' practices affect the market share of regular smokers. Their accessibility and ease of use distinguish the standard filtеrs. Most cigars sold in stores have regular, non-specialized filtеrs that provide a reliable smoking experience. Because of their widespread use, conventional filtеrs are frequently selected by smokers for a simple and durable solution.   

Distribution Channel Segment Analysis

The distribution channel segment is bifurcated into online sales and offline sales. The offline sales segment dominated, with a market share of around 57% in 2022. The effective availability of offline retail locations mostly influences the market share of the offline sales segment. Cigarette filtеrs are readily available to consumers at their neighborhood supermarkets or convenience stores when they buy other tobacco goods or everyday essentials. The dominance of offline sales is maintained by the ease of instant access and familiarity with their physical retail venues. The behaviors of consumers significantly influence the market share of offline sales. Smokers frequently buy on the spur of the moment due to habitual cigarette purchases or acute purchases. This type of consumer behavior is attributed to offline stores, which offer a point-of-sale experience where customers may easily and rapidly get cigarette filtеrs without having to make deliberate decisions.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Celanese Corporation
  • Sappi
  • Daicel Corporation
  • Rayonier Advanced Materials, Inc.
  • Sichuan Push Acetati Co., Ltd.
  • Tobacco Tactics 
  • Cerdia International GmbH
  • Tokyo Pipe Co., Ltd.
  • Denicotea
  • Hind Filters Private Limited
  • ARD Filters Inc.

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Billion)
Market size value in 2022 USD 35.29 Billion
Market size value in 2032 USD 65.01 Billion
CAGR (2023 to 2032) 6.3%
Historical data 2019-2021
Base Year 2022
Forecast 2023-2032
Region The regions analyzed for the market are Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, and Middle East & Africa. Furthermore, the regions are further analyzed at the country level.
Segments Type, Filter Type, Distribution Channel

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the cigarette filters market was valued at 35.29 billion in 2022 to USD 65.01 billion by 2032.

The global cigarette filters market is growing at a CAGR of 6.3% during the forecast period 2023-2032.

Asia Pacific region became the largest market for cigarette filters.

The increasing smoking rate within adults is influencing the market's growth.

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This study forecasts revenue at global, regional, and country levels from 2019 to 2032. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global cigarette filters market based on below-mentioned segments:

Global Cigarette Filters Market by Type:

  • Disposable
  • Reusable

Global Cigarette Filters Market by Filter Type:

  • Regular Filter
  • Specialty Filter

Global Cigarette Filters Market by Distribution Channel:

  • Online Sales
  • Offline Sales

Global Cigarette Filters Market by Region:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
  • South America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa  
    • UAE
    • South Africa


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