Cigarette Production in Taiwan

From brands like hand-rolled Akebonos to Menthol Slims

For nearly a century, cigarette production has occupied a large part of the Taiwanese economy. The rise of the tobacco industry has both engendered growing taxes for the government and caused profound increases in death and disease across the island. ;xNLx;;xNLx;From the hand-rolled cigarettes of the Meiji Regime to the Menthol Slims produced by Taiwan's first foreign tobacco plant, the mass manufacturing environment in Taiwan has changed dramatically since its humble beginnings in the start of the 20th century.;xNLx;

1905-08-01 00:00:00

Creation of the Taiwan Tobacco Monopoly System

Systematic cigarette production in Taiwan began with the formation of the Taiwan Tobacco Monopoly in 1905, during the 10th year of Japanese occupation in Taiwan.

1911-08-01 00:00:00

Taipei Tobacco Plant opens

A "Bitter Leaf" plant opens at the heart of Taipei City

1937-08-01 00:00:00

Plans Made for Songshan Tobacco Plant

A pro-growth industrial mindset prompted the construction of a second cigarette factory in Taiwan. The Songshan Tobacco Plant would come to represent Taiwan Tobacco's first corporate "responsible" spending efforts.

1939-08-01 00:00:00

Songshan Tobacco Plant Complete

The Songshan Tobacco Plant begins production in a rapidly developing area of Taipei

1945-08-01 00:00:00

Post Restoration Factory Ownership Changes

Under the new government of Chiang Kai-Shek, the Tobacco Monopoly Bureau remained a government agency.

1950-08-01 00:00:00

Taiwan Tobacco Expands Operations

Cigarette Production rises steadily following WWII, at times outpacing population growth.

1961-08-01 00:00:00

Taipei Tobacco Plant moves to New Taipei City

Pressure from urban developers prompts the Taipei Tobacco Plant to relocate to its current location in New Taipei City.

1971-08-01 00:00:00

Taipei Cigarette Factory Begins Cigarette Filter Production

The Taipei Cigarette Factory establishes a department devoted to filter production.

1987-08-01 00:00:00

Taiwan Tobacco ends Retail Monopoly

Faced with threat of trade sanctions from the United States, Taiwan allows imports of foreign tobacco products into the market for the first time in over 75 years.

1998-08-01 00:00:00

Controversy and Closure of Songshan Tobacco Plant

Pressure from urban planners, combined with declining demand for domestically produced cigarettes, leads to the closure of the Songshan Tobacco Plant.

2002-08-01 00:00:00

Taiwan Tobacco Monopoly Bureau Reorganized into State-owned Enterprise

The Taiwan Tobacco Monopoly Bureau changes from a government agency into a state-owned company called the Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation.

2008-08-01 00:00:00

First Foreign Tobacco Plant Opens in Taiwan

Imperial Tobacco opens its first Southeast Asia factory a hop, a skip, and a jump away from the National Health Research Institute Headquarters.

2014-08-01 00:00:00

Cigarette Production Today

Since the end of the retail monopoly in 1987, domestic cigarette production has dwindled to under 1% of national revenue.

2014-08-01 00:00:00

Century of Government Support Brings Rise in Tobacco-Related Disease

Lung cancer, the number one cigarette-attributed disease, has been on the rise in Taiwan since the mid 20th century.

Cigarette Production in Taiwan

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