Cigarette Filters Market Size, Competitive Landscape and Market Forecast - 2029

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> Global Cigarette Filters Market Expected to reach a high CAGR during the forecast period 2022-2029: DataM Intelligence

Global Cigarette Filters Market is segmented By Filter Type (Specialty Filter, Regular Filter), By Product (Re-Usable, Disposable), By Material (Cellulose Fiber, Plastic), By Distribution Channel (Departmental Stores, Convenience Stores, Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, E-Commerce, Others), and By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa) – Share, Size, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2022-2029


Market Overview

The Global Cigarette Filters Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1% during the forecasting period (2022-2029).

Cigarette filters can absorb unwanted smoke particles and effectively absorb vapour. A cigarette filter reduces the harshness of the smoke generated by tobacco. It helps to absorb fewer amounts of various fine particles, smoke, and tar when combustion of the cigarette's tobacco. Filters are utilized to prevent the inserting of large tobacco particles into the mouth of the smoker. Cigarette filters are made from plastic variants, cellulose acetate, cellulose fibre, and rayon and paper. These are thinner than even a thread, available in white color, and are closely packed together to form a filter.

Cigarette filters, when cut lengthwise, reveal more than 12,000 white cellulose acetate fibres. A Cigarette filter does not block all the harmful chemicals from entering the lungs but lessons the intensity of the toxicity.

Cigarette Filters Market Scope



Market CAGR


Segments Covered

By Filter Type, By Product, By Material, By Distribution Channel and By Region

Report Insights Covered

Competitive Landscape Analysis, Company Profile Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth, Demand, Recent Developments, Mergers and acquisitions, New Product Launches, Growth Strategies, Revenue Analysis, and Other vital insights.

Fastest Growing Region

Asia Pacific

Largest Market Share 

North America

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Market Dynamics

The global cigarette filters are driven by rising demand increasing demand for e-cigarette due to changing lifestyles among consumers with the surge in disposable income. Increasing cultivation and production of tobacco with growing tobacco consumption through the cigarettes around the globe has the growth of this cigarette filters market. Increasing demand and consumption of E-cigarettes among the adults and young generation in developing and developed countries have propelled the cigarette filters market growth.

Increasing demand by smokers with the surge in consumer spending and rising disposable income around the globe have propelled the cigarette filters market.

Cigarette smoking is increasing at a rapid pace among adults and youngsters in developed and developed countries. Hence, to lessen tobacco strength and reduce the harmful effects on health, cigarette filters are utilized. Further increasing prevalence of e-cigarettes astounding among the adults and the young generation has propelled the cigarette filters market. For instance, as per the Action on Smoking and Health Organization in 2019, e-cigarette users had grown astoundingly from around 700,000 in 2012 to 3.6 million in 2019. The rate increased at the highest in the early years and is growing from 2017 onwards.

An increasing number of cigarette smokers worldwide with growing demand globally has propelled the cigarette filters market.

Cigarette smoking is increasing rapidly due to the surge in disposable income, and changing lifestyles drive market growth. For instance, as per the tobacco atlas organization report in 2016, about 5.7 trillion cigarettes were smoked worldwide and rapidly increasing, propelling the cigarette filters market.

Growing government efforts and strict rules and regulations regarding tobacco consumption and plastic usage for making filters hamper the growth of the cigarette filters market

Increasing strict rules and regulations to use single-use plastic filters due to rising pollution globally hampers ceramic filters' growth. Trillions of cigarette butts are responsible for the plastic waste thrown into the environment every year, where some nicotine and heavy metals are dropped before turning into microplastic pollution. It creates enormous plastic pollution around the globe. Several governments have banned, and some are planning to ban plastic cigarettes, which hampers the market growth.

The growing launching of biodegradable cigarettes by the leading players may create a massive opportunity for this market's growth.

The increasing launch of biodegradable cigarette filters by the leading players due to growing strict rules regarding plastic usage may create a massive opportunity for this market's growth. For instance, on 12th April 2019, South Africa’s Cape Town start-up smoky treats launched the world’s first biodegradable cigarette.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis

The global cigarette filters market has shown slight declination due to the Covid-19pandemic, as several leading manufacturing industries were closed. Several countries have restricted production activities during the covid-19 pandemic. Further, the textile & apparel industry also declined due to low demand from March to July 2020.

However, cigarette filters' demand is increased in August 2020, as several leading manufacturers started production. The cigarette filter leading manufacturers have planned the investment for meeting growing demand in August and Sept 2020. Due to the lack of demand for cigarette filters, several leading manufacturers have fallen under loan pressure and will increase as soon as the pandemic is over.

For instance, on 12th July 2020, Cerdia, a manufacturer of cigarette filters, is under pressure for its term loan due to slow demand due to fears of Covid-19. Also, trading activity has been dampened by ESG Rules. The traditional cigarette market has also declined by about 1% to 3% in June 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Further demand is recovered in August 2020 and will again increase as soon as the pandemic will over.

Segment Analysis

The global cigarette filters are segmented on the product, filter type, material, distribution channel, and region.

The rising prevalence of cigarette smoking around the globe due to changing lifestyles propels the disposable segmental growth

In terms of product, the global cigarette filters are bifurcated into reusable and disposable. This disposable segment has the highest market share; this is primarily due to the rising number of smokers from the young generation to adults with increasing disposable income. Annually more than 5.6 trillion cigarettes are being disposed of in the environment due to a surge in the number of smokers globally.

Similarly, the reusable segment is also growing faster due to the surge in government programs to phase out pollution and recycle the used cigarettes globally. For instance, in 2019, Vancouver, British Columbia, launched a pilot program for recycling cigarette butts to clean up the most pervasive types of urban trash.

Increasing demand for eco-friendly products with the surge in government support and initiatives has propelled the high solid polyurethane (PU) market demand.

The global cigarette filters market is segmented into speciality filters and regular filters. The regular filter segment had the highest market share in 2019, primarily due to rising lung diseases, which causes several deaths annually due to smoking habits through the regular filters. For instance, as per our world data in 2017, globally, 15% of deaths occur due to bad smoking habits and are increasing rapidly with a surge in the number of smokers worldwide.

Increasing consumption of disposable plastic filters with growing disposable income has propelled the segmental plastic material growth.

Based on the material, global cigarette filters are segmented into cellulose fibre and plastic. The plastic filter segment has the highest market share due to the surge in demand and its low cost. Also, increasing disposal of plastic filters in the environment due to the rising number of smokers globally.

For instance, as of 2019, Cigarette filters made from plastics called cellulose acetate have increased their utilization due to rising demand. As of 2019, around 4.5 trillion cigarettes made from plastics are discarded each year globally, as per we forum organization study report.

The global cigarette filters market is segmented into departmental stores,  convenience stores, supermarkets/hypermarkets, e-commerce, and others based on the distribution channel. The convenience store segment has the highest market share due to growing demand by the local shops with rising cigarette consumption globally.

The e-commerce segment is also growing rapidly with the advent of e-commerce websites like Amazon, Flipkart, etc.

Geographical Analysis

Asia-Pacific holds the largest market share in the global cigarette filters market.

Asia-Pacific region is dominating the global cigarette filters market accounted for the largest market share in 2019 due to the rising number of smokers who use cigarette filters in the most populous countries like India and China. China has the highest market share in the Asia-Pacific region due to the growing demand for flavoured filter tips for cigarette smokers in the region, followed by North America and Europe.

Similarly, North America is also growing faster due to the surge in cigarette smoking prevalence in this region, followed by Europe. For instance, as per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention report in 2019, nearly 14 of every adults aged 18 years or older has a prevalence rate of 14%. It means an estimated 34.1 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. Around 16 million North American people live with a smoking-related disease due to the increasing number of smokers in this region, followed by Europe.

Competitive Landscape

The cigarette filters market is moderately competitive with the presence of both local as well as global companies. Some key players contributing to the growth of the market include Nemuno Banga, Eastman Chemical Company, GENIA, Swan, Tokyo Pipe Co., Ltd, Cerdia International GmbH, Yuri Gagarin PLC, Friendholder, SwissQualityPaper AG, ARD Filters Inc, Denicotea, Essentra plc, Hind Filters Limited, TarGard, TarZero, Celanese Corporation, Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Nic-Out, Niko Stop and among others.

The major players adopt several growth strategies such as product launches, acquisitions, and collaborations, contributing to the global cigarette filters market. For instance, on 12th July 2019, Cerdia International GmbH has been strengthening its leadership position in the global filter tow and cellulose acetate plant market by transforming and investing at its Freiburg production site. The company has planned to invest more than US$ 100 million until 2025.


Overview: Essentra is one of the leading global providers of essential components and solutions, which operate into three main global divisions, including filters, packaging, and components. Every day the company produces and distributes millions of small essential components and filters around the globe. The company has around 50 manufacturing facilities located in more than 33 countries, 30 sales and distribution operations, and 4 research & development centres globally. The company was founded in 1940 and headquartered at Avebury Boulevard, United Kingdom.

Product Portfolio: The Company has a product portfolio of cigarette filters that includes:

  • Sensory Range Filters: Sensory range filter is designed with sense, enabling creating a smoking sensation that is as individual as customers. The extensive range gives further options for differentiation and brand extension. It offers visual differentiation opportunities through shaped and colored threads and enables touch and sound to deliver a complete sensory experience.
  • Strand Filter: The Strand filter consists of a thick extruded filament placed in the filter centre. It can be shaped or colored as per the individual brand requirements. The extruded filament can be up to 1.5 mm.
  • Twinsense Filter Flavor flexibility: The Twinsense filter provides flavour on demand through two capsules in one filter tip. It is a premium product from Essentra, which offers increased options for users than a single capsule.

Key Development: In Sept 2020, Essentra PLC agreed to acquire 3C Packaging Inc, a North Carolina-based company, for US$ 65 million. This acquisition will focus on plastic and fibre products manufacturing, packaging & labels and is also focused on the pharmaceutical industry.

Trending Topics

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What is the Growth Rate of the Cigarette Filters Market?

The market is growing at a CAGR of 6.1%.

What Companies Are Included in the Cigarette Filters Market?

Eastman Chemical Company, GENIA, Swan, Tokyo Pipe Co., Ltd, Cerdia International GmbH, Yuri Gagarin PLC, Friendholder, SwissQualityPaper AG, ARD Filters Inc, Denicotea, Essentra plc, Hind Filters Limited.

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