An old Greek pack of Next cigarettes, with a Greek text warning at the bottom of the pack
|Owner||Philip Morris International|
|Produced by||Philip Morris International|
|Discontinued||1989, re-introduced in 2003|
|Previous owners||Philip Morris USA|
The brand was launched in 1989 by Philip Morris USA as a "low-nicotine" brand in the United States they dubbed as "de-nic". The company claimed that Next was better than other low-nicotine varieties because its taste was indistinguishable from regular cigarettes. The nicotine was removed from the cigarettes using high-pressure carbon dioxide in a process similar to the method used by coffee companies when making decaffeinated coffee. Test marketing began in July 1989, around the time of the release of the Surgeon General's report on nicotine addiction, in three markets (Omaha, Hartford and Toledo). Philip Morris USA spent tens of millions of Dollars developing the product, but it never received any credible third-party endorsement. Instead, public health groups criticised the product because it actually had higher tar levels than many other cigarette brands, and that heavy smokers would simply smoke more Next cigarettes to give their bodies the nicotine they crave. They also petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to regulate it as a drug delivery device.
Eventually, the brand became a marketing failure once the test results proved to be disappointing due to poor sales (less than 0.2 market share) and Philip Morris stopped producing them in late 1989.
Additional test marketing of Next was conducted by Philip Morris in Tampa in May 1990, but the results were still poor and the product was pulled off the market once again.
PMI committing fraudulant practices with tobacco in Morocco
In May 2015, the Moroccan Tobacco Company (formerly Imperial Tobacco) was accused of committing fraudulent acts by mixing both blonde and brown tobacco and selling it as 100% dark tobacco.
According to the international definition, brown cigarettes must be at least 60% brown tobacco. But in Morocco, there is no standard for tobacco mixtures. To counter cheating, some distributors demand the standardization of taxation of blond and brown tobacco.
The Emirati-Morocco for Industry and Distribution (EMID) had launched the marketing of Next cigarettes at 15 dirhams. Produced by the American Philip Morris, the tobacco brand was approved more than a year and a half ago by the Moroccan Tobacco Company (formerly Imperial Tobacco), which never marketed it. But what sparked industry outrage was that Next was suspected of being officially listed as brown tobacco, hence the very low price. But the product that was just launched at the point of sale advertising was rather a blend between brown tobacco and blond tobacco. This would not be consistent with what was approved by the Tobacco Control Board. Laboratory analyzes were also underway to determine the true composition of Next cigarettes. But one already suspects a strong predominance of blond tobacco. The Probate Commission, which was made up of the Ministries of Trade and Industry, Health, Agriculture and Finance, would be called in to make its own investigation and react to that.
For the introduction on the Moroccan market of Next, premium brand of brown tobacco, the distributor had chosen the southern regions of Casablanca, including Kelaâ Sraghna, Marrakesh. Areas known for the preference of Value For Money cigarettes (low cost). The distribution of the new brand was gradually being rolled out all over the country.
Contacted by The Economist, Philip Morris rejected any accusation. "The product we market is in line with what has been approved by the Commission. It is indeed a brown tobacco as authorized." said the tobacco giant. The latter recalls that most tobacco companies use tobacco blends to personalize a product and that this is a widespread trend for all operators. The controversy would not fail to intensify a week before the publication of a new list of cigarettes in the Official Bulletin, provided by the law in early June of each year.
Next was or still is sold in the following countries: Canada, United States, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Luxembourg, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Greece, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, Morocco, Israel, Pakistan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
- Full flavor
- Ultra Light
- Menthol Capsule
- Chill Menthol
- Next Red (Full Flavour)
- Next Green (Non-Menthol as of Jan 1 2017) has a charcoal filter. (Smoother finish) Strength: between Red & Blue
- Next Blue (Light)
- Next Gold (Smooth)
- Next Noir (apparently only available in Quebec)
- Next Duo (Redesigned without Menthol Capsule) - (as of flavour ban Jan 1 2017)
- Next Xpress (Full Flavour)
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