Mevius

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Mevius
Autohalf with cigarette.jpg
An old pack of Japanese Mild Seven Extra Lights next to a Ricoh Autohalf
Product type Cigarette
Owner Japan Tobacco
Produced by Japan Tobacco
Country Japan
Introduced 1977; 41 years ago (1977)
Markets See Markets

Mevius (Japanese: メビウス) previously called Mild Seven (Japanese: マイルドセブン Mairudo Sebun) is a Japanese brand of cigarettes, currently owned and manufactured by Japan Tobacco.[1]

History[edit]

Mevius was launched in 1977 under the name Mild Seven and was intended to be a mild version of the Seven Stars brand in Japan in 1977, it was launched overseas in 1981. It is the first brand that adopted the charcoal filter in American blend in Japan. Initially it was designed to treat Mild Seven similar to Seven Stars, but in accordance with the fact that JT changed the F1 participation brand from Cabin (another Japanese brand owned by JT) to Mild Seven in 1994, the vertical blue left side of the white background was changed to a belt design. At the time of this, the advertising slogan "The blue world of mild seven" was used in the television commercials, and after that blue became the colour of choice for the brand.

The cigarettes are the third most widely smoked cigarette in the world with 76.5 billion around the world, behind Marlboro and Camel.[2] The Mevius under the Mild Seven name has been a top seller since its creation in 1977 and is the second largest cigarette brand in the world.[3][4][5][6]

On August 8, 2012, Japan Tobacco announced that the longtime Mild Seven brand name would be changed to Mevius, due to legislation around the branding of cigarettes as "mild" in some countries; and in an attempt to strengthen the brand's "premium image".[7][8][9][10][11] The name change began in Japan in February, followed by Singapore and Korea the following month.[12][13][14]

Controversy[edit]

Counterfeit Mild Sevens from North Korea[edit]

In 2006, it was reported that counterfeit Mild Seven cigarettes were smuggled and sold outside of Japan.

The pack design is very similar but the quality of the cigarettes such as scent and taste are not. The tobacco used in the counterfeit cigarettes is not comparable with genuine brands.

According to the survey results both inside and outside of Japan, there is strong suspicion that these fake cigarette are manufactured as a part of the foreign currency fund acquisition activity by North Korea.[15][16]

Mild Sevens recalled due to faulty filter[edit]

In December 2007, Japan Tobacco recalled some of the Mild Seven brand cigarettes sold in stores in Tokyo and neighbouring prefectures because of faulty filters.

Japan Tobacco said 14,500 cigarettes would be recalled, including 2,500 faulty ones, which were shipped to 225 stores in Tokyo and three other prefectures on December 13, 2007. The faulty filters of the cigarettes were not glued on properly and were likely to come off, the company said.

Japan Tobacco planned to finish the recall by the end of Wednesday, said company spokeswoman Shoko Hamamoto.[17]

JTI Korea pays Instagram users to promote Mevius[edit]

In September 2017, it was reported that JTI Korea had been paying Instagram users who had a lot of followers to post photos of its Mevius brand cigarettes, according to a document obtained by The Korea Times.

In return, Instagram "influencers," most of whom were men in their 20s and 30s, are said to have received as much as 5 million Won ($4,400) for each post. These photos primarily aim to spark interest in Mevius among women who follow young, fashion-savvy men who upload photos of their daily lives. A bigger program with JTI's marketing on the photo-centered social networking service (SNS) platform is that underage users are indiscriminately exposed to these photos glamorizing cigarettes because anyone, regardless of age, can join Instagram and view pictures posted by others. In Korea's "Tobacco Business Act", there are no specific rules yet governing cigarette makers' marketing and sales activities on Instagram, Facebook and other SNS platforms.

One Instagram user came forward and informed The Korea Times of Instagram Influencer Guidelines to let the public know about JTI Korea's dubious SNS marketing. He said he was approached by a person from JTI Korea's marketing team in June 2017. "JTI systematically recruited young male Instagram users who have at least 10,000 followers" the user said anonymously. "I heard they were offered 4 to 5 million Won for each post for a month, depending on the number of their followers. The users were given this piece of paper outlining how they should take photos and depict them". The company's marketing tactic is disgraceful, he said, stressing minors, particularly young girls, have been exposed to hundreds of photos that beautify smoking. "Many young girls closely follow these handsome men in their 20s and 30s who regularly post photos of their well-shaped bodies. They have certainly viewed many of these Mevius pictures" the user said. "I decided to let people know about JTI's unethical marketing, due to concerns that teenagers may become more inclined to smoke cigarettes".

JTI's guidelines outline how Instagram users take photos and what phrases they should use when depicting photos. However, JTI Korea denied drawing up such guidelines, stressing it had never conducted marketing on SNS. "Our company's internal policies forbid illegal marketing activities" a company official said. "JTI Korea strictly observes all relevant domestic laws in our business affairs".[18]

Controversy over using tobacco leaves near Fukushima[edit]

There has been a controversy online about the spread of rumors that Mild Seven is manufacturing tobacco leaves near the Fukushima nuclear plant accident in Japan. Some have suggested that Mild Seven changed his name to Mebius in order to avoid such suspicion. However, the controversy was overcome by JTI Korea 's official statement that "Mebius does not use Japanese tobacco at all"[19]

Sport sponsorship[edit]

Formula 1[edit]

The Renault R23 with Mild Seven sponsorship, driven by Jarno Trulli at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2003 F1 Season.

Japan Tobacco was, through Mild Seven, the title sponsor of the Benetton Formula One team beginning with the 1994 Formula One season.[20] This association continued after Benetton was acquired by Renault. It was to remain with Renault F1 until the end of the 2009 Formula One season, but due to European Tobacco Regulations, the company had to end their association with Renault at the end of the 2006 Formula One season and ING became their main sponsor from 2007 onwards.[21][22][23]

Next to Benetton and Renault, Mild Seven sponsored both Tyrrell Racing, from 1994 to 1996, and Minardi in 1997 as a result of a sponsorship deal with Japanese driver Ukyo Katayama.

Other sports[edit]

At the end of the 1990s to early 2000s, Japanese tobacco companies were not allowed to advertise their products in China due to the still lingering tensions of World War II. So Japan Tobacco decided to hold an "Eco-challenge" style adventure race – sponsored by Mild Seven cigarettes. Thus was born the "Mild Seven Outdoor Quest". Dan Morris was the official photographer for this event from 1997-2001. This event took him to a number of beautiful spots in Western China including Dali City, Lijiang and [Guankou, Liuyang|Xijiang]] (home of the Chinese space program). Top athletes such as Team Eco-Internet, Mike Pigg and Paula Newby-Fraser would regularly compete in this event.[24][25][26][27]

In 2001, Mild Seven was the official sponsor of the "Mild Seven Pool Challenge".[28]

Marketing[edit]

During the 1980s and 1990s, JTI created various TV advertisements to promote Mild Seven cigarettes, both in English and Japanese.[29][30][31][32][33][34]

Various poster advertisements were also made to advertise both Mild Seven and Mevius cigarettes.[35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42]

In Hong Kong, Mild Seven also appeared on busses as an advertisement in the 1980s and 1990s.[43][44]

Markets[edit]

Mevius is mainly sold in Japan, but also was or still is sold in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and the United States.[45][46][47][48][49]

Products[edit]

Current lineup[edit]

Name Price Quantity Released Tar Nicotine Sold area
Mevius Original ¥ 410 20 June 1, 1977 10 0.8 All Japan
Mevius Charcoal Filter ¥ 410 20 ? ? ? All Japan
Mevius Box ¥ 410 20 October 1, 1993 10 0.8 All Japan
Mevius FK ¥ 410 20 May 1, 1988 10 0.8 All Japan
Mevius Special Light Box ¥ 410 20 July 1, 1990 9 0.7 All Japan
Mevius Lights ¥ 410 20 July 1, 1985 8 0.7 All Japan
Mevius Light Box ¥ 410 20 October 3, 1994 8 0.7 All Japan
Mevius Lights Charcoal Filter ¥ 410 20 ? 8 0.7 All Japan
Mevius Super Light ¥ 410 20 July 1, 1989 6 0.5 All Japan
Mevius Super Light Box ¥ 410 20 June 2, 1994 6 0.5 All Japan
Mevius Super Light 100's Box ¥ 410 20 December 1, 2006 6 0.5 All Japan
Mevius Extra Light ¥ 410 20 August 3, 1998 3 0.3 All Japan
Mevius Extra Light Box ¥ 410 20 June 2, 1995 3 0.3 All Japan
Mevius Extra Light 100's Box ¥ 410 20 June 3, 1996 3 0.3 All Japan
Mevius Impact Menthol Box ¥420 20 March 2012 5 0.4 All Japan
Mevius One ¥ 410 20 March 3, 2003 1 0.1 All Japan
Mevius One Box ¥ 410 20 December 1, 1999 1 0.1 All Japan
Mevius One 100's Box ¥ 410 20 February 2, 1998 1 0.1 All Japan
Mevius One Menthol Box ¥ 410 20 January 7, 2004 1 0.1 All Japan
Mevius One Menthol 100's Box ¥ 410 20 July 1, 2005 1 0.1 All Japan
Mevius Prime Super Light Box ¥ 410 20 November 4, 2003 6 0.4 All Japan
Mevius Prime Menthol Light Box ¥ 410 20 March 1, 2004 6 0.4 All Japan
Mevius Prime Slim Three ¥ 410 20 July 1, 2005 3 0.2 Aichi
Mevius AQUA Menthol ¥ 410 20 ? 6 0.5 All Japan
Mild Turkey ¥ 410 20 November 5, 2006 8 0.5 All Japan
Mild Turkey Light ¥ 410 20 November 5, 2006 6 0.4 All Japan
Mevius Coklat ¥ 410 20 June 1, 1977 10 0.8 All Japan
Mevius Premium ¥ 410 20 ? ? ? All Japan
Mevius Ijo ¥ 410 20 October 1, 1993 10 0.8 All Japan
Mevius Istimewa ¥ 410 20 May 1, 1988 10 0.8 All Japan
Mevius Gold ¥ 410 20 July 1, 1990 9 0.7 All Japan
Japanese Onshino Tabako and Mild Seven

Discontinued[edit]

Name Quantity Released Tar Nicotine Sold area
Mild Seven 5 5 n/a n/a n/a Coffee shops only
Mild Seven Select 20 October 1982 12 0.8 All Japan
Mild Seven Menthol 20 July 1985 10 0.8 All Japan
Mild Seven International 20 July 1, 1990 11 1.0 All Japan
Mild Seven Slim Light Menthol 20 n/a 6 0.4 In limited areas
Mild Seven Ice Blue Super Light Box 20 July 1, 1997 6 0.5 All Japan
Mild Seven Prime Box 20 July 1, 2004 10 0.7 Osaka
Mild Seven Prime Light Box 20 July 1, 2004 8 0.6 Fukuoka, Osaka
Mild Seven Super Light Eco Style 20 February 1, 2005 6 0.5 Mie
Mild Seven Black Menthol 5 n/a n/a n/a Coffee shops only
Mild Seven Gold Lights 20 October 1982 12 0.8 All Japan
Mild Seven Ice Blast 20 July 1985 10 0.8 All Japan
Mild Seven Menthol Lights 20 July 1, 1990 11 1.0 All Japan

In popular culture[edit]

Anime and manga[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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