FDA Releases Tobacco Free Sample Draft Guidance

FDA is seeking comments on the draft guidance for 60 days. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on Tuesday, Jan. 17 that allows manufacturers to provide free samples to retailers in “limited quantities” if it is part of an effort to market or sell that product to the retailer. This guidance is

Reynolds American Inc. To Merge with British American Tobacco

Combination will create a global tobacco company with multiple iconic tobacco brands, and a world-class pipeline of next-generation vapor and tobacco-heating products, says RAI’s executive chairman of the board of directors. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) today announced that it has reached an agreement with British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BATS.L) under which BAT will acquire the

Cigarette Sales Decline as Smokeless Sales Grow

Cigarette industry volumes expected to dip 3.4% in fiscal year 2017. Wells Fargo reported that cigarette dollar sales dipped as volume decelerated significantly and pricing held steady at the end of 2016. Cigarette dollar sales decreased -1.9% during the recent four-week period ending Dec. 31, 2016 (+0.2% for 12-weeks; +1.2% for 52-weeks) driven by a

FDA Final Rule Clarifies Tobacco Regulations

Looks to avoid consumer confusion with final rule. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule on Jan. 6, clarifying when products made or derived from tobacco are regulated as drugs, devices or other combination products. The rule describe the circumstances in which a product made or derived from tobacco that is intended

FDA Workshop Examines E-Cig Batteries, Explosions

Retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers are invited to attend. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)/Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is holding a public workshop on e-cigarette batteries at the White Oak Conference Center in Silver Spring, Md., April 19-20. The science-based public workshop aims to gather information and stimulate discussion on batteries used in electronic nicotine

Smoke and Mirrors?

Can ongoing price increases on cigarettes continue to compensate for dropping unit sales? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor In early November 2016, Philip Morris USA, owned by Altria Group Inc., Reynolds American Inc., and several other tobacco companies added eight cents to the per-pack wholesale price of their top cigarette brands. ITG Brands upped

FDA Makes Statements on Synthetic Nicotine

During NICOPURE vs. FDA lawsuit the agency confirms products not made from tobacco are not regulated tobacco products under recent deeming rule. Next Generation Labs, the makers of proprietary TFN Nicotine – a non-tobacco derived synthetic nicotine liquid and crystals – has noted statements made to the court by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Four Little Cigar Manufacturers Receive FDA Warning Letters

FDA claims the little cigars in question are actually flavored cigarettes that have been labeled as little cigars. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to four tobacco manufacturers for selling flavored cigarettes that are labeled as little cigars or cigars, according to a press release that FDA issued Dec. 9.

Cigars for Modern ‘Outlaws’

Swisher Sweets’ Outlaws Cigars are inspired by the rugged mindset of the modern-day outlaw. Each cigar combines Swisher’s 150-year tradition of cigar making excellence with the unique and distinct tastes of an outlaw’s life on the run. Available in three-count packages, Outlaws Natural Leaf Cigars include: Original – Combination of air-cured tobaccos encased in a […]

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NATO Visionary Don Bores Passes Away

Bores helped form the National Association of Tobacco Outlets. Don Bores, the individual who saw the need for a national retail tobacco association and the vision to help form the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), passed away peacefully yesterday, NATO reported. NATO gave the following tribute: “In 2000, Don was one of the owners

Will New Congress Eliminate Vaping Regulations?

Senator Johnson takes the lead in fighting for the vaping industry. With a new President soon to take office, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is warning the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that Congress is likely to undo the FDA’s costly new rules on vapor products. Johnson wrote to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf last week

E-Cigs at Critical Juncture

After a meteoric rise in the market during the last few years, the future of e-cigarettes now rests with regulators, innovators. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s deeming regulations on vapor products could shift the $3 billion that e-cigarettes/vape are estimated to generate this year in brick-and-mortar stores to

Cigars Press On

More regulatory policies continue to exert a downward pressure on the resilient category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As fall turns into winter, convenience store operators continue to track the trends—both commercial and legislative—affecting the cigar category. From concerns over deeming regulations to consumers’ ongoing desire for smaller, cheaper cigarillos, new flavors and limited-time promotional

Tobacco Product Dollar Sales See Boost

Cigarette volume sales on the decline. Wells Fargo Securities has outlined cigarette, smokeless and electronic cigarette dollar sales numbers for the four-week period ending Nov. 5, 2016. Cigarette dollar sales continue to be driven by solid pricing, while volume sees historic declines. Wells Fargo reported that cigarette dollar sales increased 1.3% during the recent four-week

Closed-Tank System

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. made its VUSE VUBE closed-tank system available nationally at more than 25,000 stores in November, serving as yet another example of the company’s commitment to providing innovative, smoke-free alternatives for adult tobacco consumers to consider. The device is sold at retail with a rechargeable battery, a pre-filled two-milliliter tank and a […]

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Cue Vapor System

E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) announces the widespread release of the Cue Vapor System, which was unveiled during the National Association of Conveniences (NACS) Show in October and is set to be distributed to high volume retail locations starting early next year. The Cue Vapor System is a revolutionary patent-pending technology that delivers full-flavor, all day vaping with […]

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Voters Approve Tobacco Tax Increase in California

Ballot measures to raise tobacco taxes in other states failed. On Nov. 8, California voted to raise taxes on tobacco products. California’s Proposition 56 to raise the state excise tax on tobacco products by $2/pack on cigarettes to $2.87/pack and an equivalent amount on other tobacco products including e-cigs, passed by a wide margin on

Evaluating Your OTP Set

Do you have the right mix of products and accessories? Here are tips for improving sales. By Steve Sandman For many years I have been involved in tobacco department “sets.” I’ve looked at them from a hundred different angles, moved products around, put tags in the right places, hung advertising on the shelves and above

Carr to Join ITG Brands as President

Carr to oversee sales, marketing and operations in new role. Dan Carr, a veteran consumer packaged goods and tobacco industry leader, is joining ITG Brands LLC as president, effective Nov. 7. ITG Brands, based in Greensboro, N.C., was formed in 2015 and is the third-largest tobacco manufacturer and marketer of tobacco products in the U.S.,

E-Alternative Solutions Introduces Cue Vapor System

EAS becomes exclusive distributor of the Cue Vapor System technology in the U.S. E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) introduced the Cue Vapor System— a revolutionary patent-pending technology that delivers full-flavor and all day vaping with just the push of a button—during the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show in Atlanta. Cue is set to be distributed

FDA Deeming Regs Discussed at NACS

Electronic nicotine delivery systems face hazy future because of stricter a regulatory policy. By CSD Staff Because of the deeming rule published by the U.S Food and Drug Admiration earlier this year, more tobacco products now fall under the same scrutiny as cigarettes. Today, cigars, pipe tobacco, other tobacco products including vape items and e-cigarettes

Premier Manufacturing Acquiring King Maker Marketing Inc.

Through acquisition, Premier Manufacturing to add four MSA Signatory brands to its consumer products portfolio. The consumer products division of U.S. Tobacco Cooperative Inc. (USTC), Premier Manufacturing of Chesterfield, Mo., has reached an agreement to purchase 100% of the stock of King Maker Marketing, Inc. (KMM) of Paramus, N.J. from its parent company ITC Limited.

Altria Completes SABMiller Deal, Gains Major Share of Anheuser-Busch InBev

Altria now owns 185,115,417 restricted shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev, representing a 9.6% economic and voting interest. On Oct. 10, 2016, Anheuser-Busch InBev completed its business combination with SABMiller plc (SABMiller). As previously announced, the combined group will retain the name Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV. In connection with the closing, Altria Group Inc. received 185,115,417 restricted shares

22nd Century Offers Clinical Trial Update

Names 10 major research centers as study locations in very low nicotine content tobacco cigarette clinical trial. 22nd Century Group Inc. announced that an update has been issued on the pivotal Phase III study entitled “Strategies for Reducing Nicotine Content in Cigarettes.” Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by Eric Donny,

Vapor Merchandising Solution

Spark Vapor brands, the makers of Cig2o and Vapage electronic vaping products, has introduced the “Vapor Station,” a complete 50-piece countertop Vape Shop in one space saving, compact display. The Vapor Station contains six, Ready-to-Vape, Solstice brand sub-ohm kits, three Solstice adjustable air-flow pyrex replacement tanks, five Solstice Two-Pack atomizer replacements and 36 15-milliliter bottles […]

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