Overview of counterfeiting in the TOBACCO INDUSTRY

Almost 45 billion fake cigarettes containing arsenic & pesticides are smoked in UK annually
- The Independent (2018)

The consumption of legal cigarettes has declined in the last three decades in India
- Financial Express (2020)

India is the fourth largest illegal cigarette market in the world
- Euromonitor International

Benefits of our smart anti-counterfeiting, packaging & supply chain solutions

Our tailored smart anti-counterfeiting, labels, and packaging solutions prevent counterfeiting of the tobacco products and loss of government and manufacturers

Provide impeccable security against duplication which is the biggest challenge in case of tobacco products

Comprehensive and seamless monitoring of inventory in the supply chain

Give end users the power to authenticate the genuineness of the product and provide you with valuable data for marketing analytics

Curtail the potential diversions of the product to different geographies and save your time and money

Interested in Holostik’s offerings for the Tobacco industry?



Anti-counterfeiting technologies prevent duplication, tampering, adulteration, and diversion of the products. As per ISO 12931: 2012, the technologies can be segmented as visible, non-visible, forensic & digital. We have complete in-house capability to integrate these technologies. Our security holograms integrated with digital QR codes prevent duplication of tobacco products and help in supply chain management. Here is a list of some of our anti-counterfeiting offerings for the tobacco industry:

  • |Security Holograms/OVDs
  • |Revenue Stamps
  • |Holographic Hot Stamping Foils
  • |Digital Product Authentication


Labels are important for brand protection, product aesthetics and supply chain visibility when clubbed with a QR code. Made with raw materials sourced from global players like Avery Dennison, our labels are highly durable, secure, and visually appealing. Our secure labels can be integrated seamlessly with digital solutions which helps in instant product authentication and management of the inventory. We provide labels under the following categories for tobacco industry:

  • |Smart Labels
  • |Security Labels
  • |Specialty 3D Labels
  • |Holographic Shrink Sleeves


Packaging nowadays is a silent salesperson and plays an indispensable role in safeguarding products and their contents. With the incorporation of proprietary digital barcodes and QR codes, our packaging products allow for inventory control, warehouse management and supply chain visibility. Our holographic and UV embossed packaging solutions prevent the duplication of tobacco products and keeps it safe from adulteration. We offer the following assortment of packaging solutions for the tobacco industry:

  • |UV Embossed 3D Lens Films
  • |UV Embossed Folding Cartons
  • |Holographic Security Pouches
  • | Holographic Packaging Films

Supply Chain Visibility

Supply Chain Visibility visibility in supply chain is critical for your company’s growth. Comprehensive and seamless supply chain management ensures higher productivity, low wastage of raw materials and maximum utilization of resources which increases profitability. Tracking tobacco products in the supply chain prevents the chances of duplication and keeps a check on inventory. We provide different layers of solution such as physical and digital made completely inhouse, so that it is nearly impossible for counterfeiters to duplicate them. Our customized offerings in supply chain visibility include the following:

  • |Track and Trace
  • | Inventory Management
  • |Reward Management
  • |Warranty Management


What Our Clients Say

*With results driven from specific use cases and would vary as per implementation
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