Cigar Association Protests Possible Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products

Health professionals continue to wage war against flavored tobacco products, while also pushing for legal age of purchase increase. The Cigar Association of America recently outlined several ordinances that are being considered by both the Cleveland Ohio City Council and the City of Boston Public Health Commission that would ban the sale of most flavored


How To Succeed With Smokeless

Because of consumer loyalty, smokeless tobacco is holding its own in terms of category sales. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor Sales of smokeless tobacco products remain steady at convenience stores, as many smokers seek alternative tobacco products for areas where cigarettes are not allowed. But the category continues to face hurdles when it comes to

Mango Cigarillos

Due to popular demand, Game has brought back Game Mango Cigarillos effective Oct. 7, 2015 as an everyday item. Originally scheduled to be a limited time offer in the first half of 2015 only, consumers and retailers have been demanding this become a mainstay of the Game Cigars lineup. Game Mango is available in two […]

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R.J.R. Launches VUSE Connect Solo Power Units

Bluetooth technology helps connect the device to an app to lock the device or monitor things like battery life. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. has announced that its VUSE Connect Solo power units are set to be available nationally on Nov. 24, 2015. These state-of-the-art units feature Bluetooth Low Energy technology that enables adult tobacco consumers

White Owl Brand Redesign

White Owl is looking to stand out from the competition with a new brand redesign and Website. In order to emphasize the brand’s heritage, innovation, flavor and quality, White Owl Cigar has launched a new product Website and announced a brand redesign that includes new packaging and POS that will arrive in stores in January.

Wells Fargo Weighs In On RAI Investors Day

“RAI is setting the stage today for accelerated top-line growth and margin expansion over the next few years,” according to a Wells Fargo analyst. Wells Fargo Securities attended Reynold’s American Inc.’s (RAI) Investor Day in New York City on Nov. 16., which highlighted RAI’s growth strategy in the context of an ever-evolving consumer, societal and

HUD Proposes That Smoking Ban Include Vaping

Will smoke-free vapor products be included in smoking ban? The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) is considering expanding a proposed rule to ban “smoking” in all public housing to also include the use of smoke-free vapor products such as electronic cigarettes. The announcement was made in the Federal Register.  The HUD is currently

Authentic “Smoking”

NJOY is delivering the most authentic “smoking” experience to date with new NJOY Daily, which blends Satisfaction, Performance, Authenticity, Flavor and Design for an experience that’s more than 90% as satisfying as a cigarette during the first seven minutes of use. The disposable e-cigarettes are available in three flavors: robust Rich Tobacco, the chilling Cool […]

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Limited Edition Cigarillo Flavor

Swedish Match’s Game Leaf is introducing its first Limited Edition flavor, Black Cherry, into its lineup of Natural Rolled Leaf cigars. Since its launch in March of 2015, Game Leaf has been nominated as a Best New Product within the industry and has been widely popular with consumers. Black Cherry joins a lineup of four […]

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FDA Approves Eight New Swedish Match Snus Products

The decision by the FDA does not allow the company to market the product as a less dangerous alternative to other tobacco products. The FDA has approved eight new Swedish Match snus products to be sold in the U.S. According to a post from Reuters, the FDA has declared that Swedish Match will be allowed

How To Excel in the Vapor Market

From corporate acquisitions and collaborations to local and state regulatory enforcement, it’s been an eventful year for e-tobacco products. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Nearing the end of 2013, sales of e-cigarettes and vapors/tanks/mods (VTMs) were riding high for convenience stores and other tobacco retailers. As reported by Wells Fargo, unit growth of e-cigarettes for

How Will The U.S. E-Cigarette Market Fare Through 2025?

A report by Research and Markets forecasts the future of e-cig market. Research and Markets has announced its “US E-Cigarette and Vaporizer Market – Analysis, Estimation & Forecast (2015-2025)” report. Being home to one of the largest distribution networks for the sale of e-cigarette and accessories, the U.S. alone accounted for more than 45% share

FDA Issues Eight No-Tobacco-Sale Orders

The FDA’s actions seek to prohibit the sale of regulated tobacco products at eight retail establishments for 30 days. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration filed complaints last week initiating the first-ever No-Tobacco-Sale Order (NTSO) actions for a group of retailers who have repeatedly violated certain restrictions on the sale and distribution of tobacco products,

Cigarette Sales Trending Above Historical Ranges

Trends suggest that combustible cigarette sales will remain high in 2016. As disposable income increases among tobacco consumers, combustible cigarettes are making their comeback. According to a report from Wells Fargo, cigarette industry volume is currently trending above historical ranges. There was virtually no downside risk in the tobacco industry during fiscal year 2015, but volume

FDA Deeming Regulations Head To White House For Final Review

NATO outlines the process and pending regulations set to follow. On Oct. 19 the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) submitted the final deeming regulations on cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, nicotine gels, and dissolvable products to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As reported by NATO (the National Association of

Wild Blend

Swisher Sweets has introduced the limited edition Swisher Sweets Wild Rush cigarillo. Customers can experience the wild, flavorful blend of sweet fruits and watermelon with this limited edition cigarillo. It’s one wild blend with a rush of fruit tastes. Available for shipment to stores nationwide beginning Oct. 15, Swisher Sweets Wild Rush comes in a […]

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High-End Ligher

Zippo’s Collectible of the Year tradition continues in 2016 with Armor Facet, an innovative Zippo Windproof Lighter that features the debut of the 360-degree MultiCut engraving process as well as a new Armor Satin finish. The Armor Facet launches a new line of high-end luxury lighters for the iconic brand. The new MultiCut process allows […]

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Pennsylvania Bill Proposes Increased Tobacco Age

Could Pennsylvania be the next state to raise the legal tobacco age to 21? A bill has been introduced by Pennsylvania legislator, Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, and it proposes a raise in the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. According to a report from ABC 27 News, Brown’s proposal, House Bill 1628, would increase

NACS Show Kicks Off

From mobile to FDA rules for food labeling and tobacco, NACS shares the latest trends and information with convenience store retailers. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show kicked off in Vegas on Oct. 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center with a number of educational sessions. In an

FDA Launches Tobacco Public Education Campaign

The FDA seeks to educate hard to reach youth groups to reduce tobacco use among such groups. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)has launched a national public education campaign to prevent and reduce tobacco use among groups that are frequently exposed to pro-tobacco images and messages. Multicultural youth who identify with the hip-hop peer crowd

How to Add Space for E-Cigarettes

After years of stellar growth, the vapor products category responds to changing marketplace dynamics. With one eye on the market, convenience retailers constantly weigh how much shelf space to allot e-cigarettes. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor When industry analysts announce in July that a product category is on track for a growth rate of

How to Increase Cigarette Sales

Cigarettes remain a staple of c-store business despite the constant scrutiny the category attracts. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Despite increasing regulations and an incremental erosion of its once wide consumer base, cigarettes in the past year have shown a remarkable ability for bouncing back. Cigarette sales at convenience stores for the 52 weeks ending

NATO Seeks Repeal of Two Legal Age Laws

NATO submits legal commentary against cities where the legal age for purchasing tobacco products is 21. NATO (National Association of Tobacco Outlets) is requesting that two California cities repeal their ordinances that raise the legal age for tobacco purchases to 21, rather than 18. The requests have been submitted as legal commentary letters to the Healdsburg, Calif. City

RAI Sells Natural American Spirit International Businesses to JT Group

The sale does not include the rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks in the U.S. Reynolds American Inc. announced that it is selling the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks, along with the international companies that distribute and market the brand outside the U.S.,

Will Japan Tobacco Purchase RAI Cigarette Assets?

While talks are said to be “advanced” a deal has not been finalized. Japan Tobacco Inc. (JTI) is reportedly in talks to buy cigarette assets from Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) According to a report by Bloomberg, JTI may acquire assets worth about $5 billion, including some of the Natural American Spirit tobacco brand. Discussions were