Cigar Market Remains Competitive

Despite a full-court press from regulators, cigar sales are still on the rebound. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor When the original Tobacco Control Act was signed into law on June 22, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was given “authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution and marketing of tobacco products.” The government was

E-Tobacco: What’s Next?

C-stores remain cautious with regards to what direction the e-cigarette and vaping industry is headed this year. By Anne Baye Ericksen Between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deeming regulations finally released last year and a bevy of new state taxes and regulations restricting who can sell or purchase tobacco and other-tobacco products, 2016

TPE Show Sees Increased Traffic

New Product Showcase gave awards to standout products during revamped two-day tradeshow. The 2017 TPE (Tobacco Plus Expo) Show, held Jan 25-26 in Las Vegas, showcased hundreds of industry-leading exhibits and saw a 200% increase in booth traffic. Newly expanded and revamped this year, TPE 2017 was a one-stop show for buyers, featuring top vendors

Drew Estate Welcomes Senior Vice President of Sales

David Lazarus to handle field and inside sales as well as in-store events and wholesale. Estate announced David Lazarus as (SVP) senior vice president of sales at its Annual Sales Meeting effective immediately. In this role, Lazarus will have overall accountability for field sales, inside sales, key national accounts, in-store events and wholesale. Lazarus will

Tobacco Talk Survey Shows Positive Tobacco Outlook

Competitive market and strong adult tobacco consumer among bright spots. Results from Wells Fargo’s recent “Tobacco Talk” survey of retailer and wholesalers representing roughly 25,000 convenience stores in the U.S., showed the overall tobacco environment remains “in good shape despite a well-telegraphed deceleration in cigarette volume,” according to Bonnie Herzog, senior analyst for Wells Fargo.

TMG Welcomes New Members To Management Team

Tobacco Business magazine to receive a makeover and new focus on digital reach. The Tobacco Media Group (TMG) is starting 2017 with a strong foot forward, announcing the recent hires of Ben Stimpson and Antoine Reid to their Management Team. Their hiring is part of a strategic initiative to grow TMG properties in the coming

ISFA Supports SB1

Joins with National Vapor Technology Association to fight monopolistic effects of previous law that hurt small vapor businesses in Indiana. The Indiana Smoke Free Alliance (ISFA) issued the following statement in support of SB1 (E-liquids): SB1 is a critical piece of legislation that will reverse the harmful, monopoly created when HB 1432 was signed into

FDA Addresses Synthetic Nicotine

E-liquids made with synthetic nicotine will NOT be regulated. Generation Labs, the makers of proprietary TFN Nicotine – a non-tobacco derived synthetic nicotine –reported an update from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that addresses the question of synthetic nicotine, confirming that e-liquids made with synthetic nicotine will not be regulated. “The FDA is slowly

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

Mango Cigarillos All Year

Mangos are now in season all year long with Swisher Sweets’ addition to its classic cigarillo line. Swisher Sweets Mango cigarillos deliver a tangy, smooth and sweet taste that’ll have customers going mad for the mango blend. Swisher Sweets Mango comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee that is available for […]

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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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