Case Study

E-cigarettes – disruptive innovation or a pipe dream?

24 pages
August 2013
Reference: IMD-3-2385

This case looks at the global exponential growth of e-cigarettes. E-cigarette companies were predominantly small, entrepreneurial, usually web-based start-ups, rather than Big Tobacco. We look at the origins of e-cigarettes from a multi-dimensional perspective, including marketing and advertising, sales channels, the reaction of anti-smoking groups, Big Tobacco’s reaction and governments and regulators, identifying the threats and challenges to this fledging market disruptor.

Learning Objective

To consider the marketing of reduced-harm products, the interaction between marketing and regulatory bodies, and the difference in marketing strategy between new entrants and incumbents.

Keywords
Disruptive Innovation, Tobacco
Settings
Global
Consumer Goods, Tobacco
Until 2013
Type
Published Sources
Copyright
© 2013
Available Languages
English
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