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The tobacco industry consists of many competitors trying to satisfy a specific customer need Companies such as Philip Morris RJ Reynolds Brown and Williamson and Lorillard hold almost the entire market share in the tobacco industry While each company has different advertising and marketing techniques they all target the same customer groupTobacco companies try their best to generate interest in their particular brand or brands Companies market a number of attributes that usually include but are not limited to taste flavor strength size and image in order to distinguish themselves from competitors Business Week 179 November 29 1999 However all tobacco companies are satisfying the same needs Many long-time smokers are addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes They smoke because the nicotine is needed to help them feel normal Focus group Many addicts go through withdraw without nicotine All tobacco companies have nicotine in their cigarettes which fulfills the need of long-time smokers Other smokers depend on cigarettes in social settings Many smoke to look sophisticated and mature Tobacco companies make many kinds of cigarettes that target different groups Social smokers may perceive certain brands as more sophisticated and therefore they shy away from other lesser-known brands For example a person who smoked generic cigarettes at the bar may be perceived as uncultured On the other hand the smoker with the Marlboro Lights may be more socially accepted because they have a brand name product Focus group Many types of cigarettes cater to the many markets of smokers who want to portray a certain image in social settingsTobacco companies do not create the need to smoke but try to generate interest in their particular brand Hays New York Times November 24 1999 Overall the tobacco companies satisfy consumer demand for the millions of adult Americans who choose to use tobacco by providing differentiated products to different target markets of smokers The tobacco industry has developed a rather
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