A company called Smokey Joe’s is selling “premium” tobacco and “premier” tobacco in China.
But these premium tobacco blends are all “premise”.
It’s a dangerous and potentially deadly marketing strategy that’s now in danger of going mainstream, and it’s also costing Chinese consumers millions of dollars a year.
Read more: Tobacco industry has its eye on ChinaThe company is called Smokeys Tobacco Group and it was founded in 2014.
Its website claims it “delivers premium tobacco products with a premium premium taste and aroma”.
But it also sells “premire” tobacco that is “not intended for the public”.
The company says it “supports a healthy lifestyle by offering the best in convenience and convenience at the lowest prices”.
Smokey Joe`s says it has more than 50 stores in China, but the company only has one in Florida.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, “Smokeys Tobacco sells premium and premium premium premium blends in China”.
A spokesperson for the company told us that they have “more than 50 outlets in China”, but it only has 1 in Florida:”We are in the process of adding locations in several other countries, including Singapore and Hong Kong.
We have recently launched in Taiwan and are in talks with local authorities to expand further.”
Smoking Tobacco Group’s website says it “has been in the business of producing premium tobacco for more than 30 years”.
However, the Company has been under fire for its advertising, which claims:”Smokeies has become synonymous with premium tobacco.”
The company takes its advertising slogan seriously: “We have a long history of providing quality products for our customers.
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality and value for money for our consumers and have created a premium tobacco line that offers a variety of blends to satisfy their personal tastes and preferences.”
SmokeYJ’s marketing strategy is not unique.
Many tobacco companies have been trying to copy China`s tobacco industry.
For example, a recent study from Mansfield College showed that “at least 1 in 6 cigarette smokers in China are tobacco free, a trend that may not be surprising considering the country`s high tobacco use rates”.
In 2014, American tobacco giant Altria also launched its own brand called Altria Tecnicos in China and it launched a brand called “Altria”, which is “premiere” tobacco.
A Taste of China report found that Altria’s “premade” brand had “more than 90% of the brand’s customers coming from China” and that “tobacco products are often offered for sale in premium and elite blends, which are made in China.”
In 2017, the US Tobacco Institute found that Altia was “the second-largest brand in China and the top-selling brand in the US in the period of 2015-2017”.
As Bloomberg Business Week points out, Altria has a history of trying to “sell premium blends” in China: In 2013, Altiva made a major investment in China to acquire the China Tobacco Company.
In 2015, the China Tobacco Company said Altria would be responsible for marketing the brand and would also be responsible to “produce premium premium and professional blends”.
That same year, The China Tobacco Co. said Altivas brand would be the first tobacco product produced in China by Altiva and Altivas brand would be the first premium blend to be produced by Altivas subsidiary Altair.
Then in 2016, A Taste of China reported that The Altiva Tobacco Company “had invested $100 million to launch a premium brand that will be produced in China” as part of an effort to increase its market share in the Chinese market.
However A study from the Tobacco Institute of America found that “there is little evidence to suggest China has any significant demand for premium tobacco, even though premium blends are widely used across the country”.
So it’s no surprise that SmokeyJoe’s Tastebuds is using a tobacco industry playbook that’s so blatantly misleading that the Chinese government has launched a crackdown on its marketing tactics.
On Wednesday, Chinese authorities said that they would ban the sale of premium tobacco in the country.
And this comes on top of the government banning the sale of Tillman cigarettes in China earlier this year.
The government also said that it will ban tobacco products in China that contain tobacco and that tobacco products are likely to be sold in a variety of flavors.
The ban comes just a few days after China banned the sale and import of tobaccos from Europe and