1814 Martin Burrus founds BURRUS
1821 Christian Schönholzer founds SCHÖNHOLZER
Samuel Schürch founds SCHÜRCH
1828 Foundation of LA CIVETTE
François-Joseph Burrus changes the name of BURRUS to F.J. BURRUS
1832 Foundation of VAUTIER FRÈRES
1847 Foundation of BRISSAGO
1848 Foundation of LACAZE
1850 Introduction of new Swiss Franc equal to 1 French Franc
1852 Louis Ormond founds ORMOND by buying LACAZE
1880 Foundation of C. GERBER & CIE
1882 VAUTIER FRÈRES is the first Swiss company starting cigarette production
1886 F.J. BURRUS starts cigarette production
1888 Jean Villiger founds VILLIGER
1903 Louis Rinsoz founds RINSOZ
1913 ED. LAURENS opens a branch at Geneve
1920 BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO opens a branch at Geneve which becomes later it's international headquarter
Foundation of TURMAC
192? NESTOR GIANACLIS opens a branch at Geneve
1924 RINSOZ aquires the rights from French tobacco monopoly to produce and sell their brands at Switzerland
1925 Foundation of FABRIQUES DE TABAC RÉUNIES by merger of several companies including SCHÖNHOLZER and SCHÜRCH
1926 ÖSTERREICHISCHE TABAK-REGIE opens a branch at Dübendorf
F.J. BURRUS becomes owner of TURMAC
1928 C. GERBER & CIE moves from Höngg to Arlesheim and acquires MADEHN
1930 Foundation of RINSOZ & ORMOND by merger of RINSOZ and ORMOND
1931 RINSOZ & ORMOND aquires the rights from Turkish tobacco monopoly to produce and sell their brands at Switzerland
1933 ED. LAURENS produces the first Swiss filter cigarette called FILTRA
1939 FABRIQUES DE TABAC RÉUNIES acquires A. BATSCHARI and J. ATHANASIOU
1941 Swiss branch of ÖSTERREICHISCHE TABAK-REGIE gets renamed to CIGARETTENFABRIK MEMPHIS
1957 CIGARETTENFABRIK MEMPHIS (which is at that time already owned by F.J. BURRUS) starts to produce cigarettes like MARLBORO and MURATTI for PHILIP MORRIS
1959 BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO becomes owner of VAUTIER FRÈRES
1963 PHILIP MORRIS acquires FABRIQUES DE TABACS RÉUNIES - it's first European branch
Closure of CIGARETTENFABRIK MEMPHIS which belongs at this time to FABRIQUES DE TABACS RÉUNIES
1967 VAUTIER FRÈRES gets integrated into BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO
1968 ED. LAURENS acquires MAHALLA
1969 Foundation of IVAN SCHOLER (MANUFACTURE DE CIGARETTES DE LUXE)
1971 TURMAC gets integrated into F.J. BURRUS
1978 October, 18th - Introduction of health warnings at side
1983 Closure of WIDMER & CIE
1984 F.J. BURRUS becomes owner of swiss branch of ED. LAURENS
1992 F.J. BURRUS acquires RINSOZ & ORMOND
1995 ED. LAURENS gets integrated into F.J. BURRUS
1996 F.J. BURRUS acquires SULLANA
ROTHMANS merges with F.J. BURRUS to build ROTHMANS-FJB
Introduction of health warnings at front
1999 BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO merges with ROTHMANS
JAPAN TOBACCO
founds at Geneve it's international headquarter called JT INTERNATIONAL after the acquisition of RJR NABISCO
2002 PHILIP MORRIS moves it's international headquarter from the USA to Switzerland
R.J. REYNOLDS
and GALLAHER found a joint-venture called REYNOLDS-GALLAHER INTERNATIONAL
2006 Introduction of big health warnings at front
2009 Introduction of big pictured warnings at back
2013 Closure of IVAN SCHOLER (MANUFACTURE DE CIGARETTES DE LUXE)