Ramping Up Regulation

Even as cities and states invoke new legislation, cigarette sales remain steady. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor On Election Day this year, voters in North Dakota will decide on who will be the next president and whether to approve a proposed tax hike on cigarettes. Since 1993, the state tax has held at a

E-Cigs See Market Lift

As vaping and e-cigarette manufacturers adjust to FDA regulations, c-stores experience a reactionary marketplace. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor When the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released its final deeming regulations officially classifying electronic nicotine delivery systems as tobacco products, it granted manufacturers and retailers a 90-day grace period before the new restrictions

Sales of Accessories Heat Up

Though lighters and other tobacco accessories remain fortified by cigarettes, other tobacco products and related offerings promise to generate robust sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Business remains steady in the tobacco accessories category, with much of the industry buzz focusing on accessories for a pair of unrelated product lines—electronic cigarettes and legalized marijuana. In

2016 Tobacco Legislative Roundup

Par for the course, a number of U.S. states are looking to score budgetary relief by levying taxes on tobacco. By CSD Staff Now that almost all of the state legislatures have concluded their 2016 legislative sessions, Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) recently sat down with Convenience Store

A Cool Mint Experience

In an effort to capitalize on the success of the blu PLUS+ Tanks and growing consumer demand on mint flavor, blu has launched the new Glacier Mint PLUS+ Tanks. The new tanks will be made available in retail stores in October 2016. In creating this new flavor formulation, blu added cool undertones of peppermint and […]

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Tobacco Industry Displays Category Shifts

Tobacco category shifts continue to indicate a shift back towards combustible cigarettes. Cigarette sales are heading back towards historical declines, and the recent +0.7% growth over the past four weeks was driven by solid pricing. Cigarette pricing over the past four week period, ending Sept. 9, 2016, pricing was up a solid +3.7%, while volume

Revolutionary Open Vaping System

Boulder International has introduced the Rock, a revolutionary open vaping system. The new Boulder Rock vaping system is sold with a bottle of the company’s best-selling e-liquid, and it is competitively priced to bring vapor sales to your door. With the new Rock, the choices of an open system meet closed system ease of use. […]

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Breaking News/CSD Exclusive: NJOY Files For Bankruptcy

The e-cigarette manufacturer files for relief under Chapter 11 after its Kings 2.0 fails to perform. NJOY Inc., the electronic cigarette manufacturer, filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code late Friday, Sept. 16, in Delaware. The failure of NJOY’s Kings 2.0 device was behind the bankruptcy filing,

Cigars Lighting Up Sales

With consumers reaching for interesting flavors at still low prices, cigars—especially cigarillos—continue to move briskly off of convenience store shelves. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor According to IRI’s convenience store statistics for the 52 weeks ending July 10, 2016, cigars notched nearly $2.7 billion in sales, a 6.19% increase over 2015. Units rose 10.17%. To

FDA Inspects Retailers for Tobacco Regulation Violations

The fines for tobacco regulation violations have been increased for all fines issued after Aug. 1, 2016. A new report from the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has revealed that 55 retailers have received warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for selling tobacco products to a minor decoy. No fines were

California Looks to Raise Tobacco Excise Tax

Voters will have a chance to vote on a new tobacco tax proposition in the upcoming election. California lawmakers have once again proposed a major tax increase on tobacco products. According to a report from the Winston-Salem Journal, Proposition 56 grant California voters the opportunity to raise tobacco excise tax by $2 per pack to

Cigarette Sales Weaken

Cigarette volume and dollar sales were soft for the first quarter of 2017. Current cigarette sales indicate that the market may be heading back to historical trends where sales will be down 3-4%. Current trends show that many consumers are moving back to purchasing in patterns more characteristic of past years, where premiumization and volume

Tropical Cigars

Cheyenne International has announced that the Limited Edition Tropical Cheyenne Cigars are now being added to the company’s permanent cigar line-up. After popular demand from distributors, retail partners and loyal adult consumers, Cheyenne International has decided to officially add Tropical as the 11th Cheyenne Cigar offering. Tropical is a tangy, citrus-infused cigar that delivers the […]

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Premium Vaping Systems

Spark Vapor Brands has introduced the new CTS line of eVaping systems. This new line is premium vaping made easy with great flavors, rich vapor and it is priced for the convenience channel. Four new closed tank system devices from Vapage and Cig2o deliver the premium eLiquid, sub-ohm vaping experience with the ease, quality and […]

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FBI Now Involved in Indiana Vaping Law

A state decision determining who manufactures e-liquids in the Hoosier State is now under investigation. By CSD Staff The FBI is looking into whether any foul play was involved in the creation of Indiana’s controversial vaping law, according to an Indianapolis Star article. According to the newspaper, agents have interviewed at least two lawmakers and

Consumer Demands Shift in Tobacco Market

Data has revealed some category shifts within the tobacco market. Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products and electronic cigarettes all experienced growth over the recent four-week period, but each category is growing at an immensely different rate. New Nielsen Data reported by Wells Fargo Securities has revealed that cigarette dollar sales increased slightly over the recent four-week

Tobacco Companies Prevail in Suit Against FDA

Judge rules that new packaging does not create a new product. In 2015, the Big Three tobacco manufacturers filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, claiming that the new tobacco guidelines introduced on Sept. 8, 2015 were too restrictive. Finally, on Tues., Aug. 16, 2016, a federal judge ruled partially in favor

Study Shows Shopping Habits of E-Cig Users

Only 8% of those surveyed buy their e-cigarette components and accessories at a c-store. V2, a brand of electronic cigarette and vaporizer products, announced the results of a commissioned study examining e-cigarette users’ shopping habits when buying aftermarket e-cigarette products, including accessories and e-liquids. For the survey, 300 adult “vapers” across the U.S. were polled between

Are the New FDA Deeming Regulations Stifling Innovation?

The FDA deeming rules may seriously harm the e-cigarette industry, which may, in turn, be harmful to public health. Nicopure Labs, a manufacturer of e-cigarette liquid, has challenged the FDA’s new regulation of e-cigarettes, and TechFreedom and the National Center for Public Policy Research have now filed an amicus brief in support of the challenge.

Cigars Still Burn Brightly

Despite changes in tobacco regulations, convenience stores continue to cash in on this popular consumer product.     By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor For convenience stores, tobacco products remain the top sales driver despite significant alterations and protective measures tacked on to national, state and local regulations. While cigarettes have almost always been the target of

New Cigar Packaging

Drew Estate has introduced packaging updates to its ACID Kuba Kuba, ACID G-Fresh and ACID Krush Classic Cigars. The packaging update includes the following: ACID Kuba Kuba (5 x 54) packaged in “G-Fresh 2.0; ”ACID Krush Classic Blue Connecticut (4 x 32) packaged in 10-count tins; ACID Krush Classic Gold Sumatra (4 x 32) packaged […]

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FDA Issues Fliers to Help Retailers Comply with Deeming Regulations

New fliers from the FDA provide guidelines at-a-glance to retailers who sell tobacco products. The new tobacco deeming regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) go into effect on Mon., Aug. 8, 2016. NATO has annouinced that, with the approach of the new rules, the FDA has released four new fliers to assist retailers

Tobacco Categories See Gains

E-cigs up 11.7%, cigarettes up 1.2% and smokeless up 4.8%. Cigarette dollar sales were up 1.2% for the recent four-week period ending Jul 16, 2016, driving by improved volume trends and continued solid pricing (up 3.2%), according to Wells Fargo LLC. Prices were up 1.4% for 12 weeks and 2.4% for 52 weeks. The industry

Drew Estate Launches ACID Tour in U.S.

Drew Estate is celebrating ACID’s expansion into new markets with the LOUNGE’N with ACID Tour. Drew Estate has announced that it will soon be launching the LOUNGE’N with ACID Tour in the U.S. Along with the launch of the tour, the company will introduce packaging updates to a variety of ACID cigars. Drew Estate will

Japan Tobacco Introduces Inexpensive Cigarette Brand to U.S.

Japan Tobacco will spark competition in the U.S. tobacco market with its new discount cigarette brand. Japan Tobacco Inc. is working to quietly enter the lucrative U.S. tobacco industry by offering its own discount line of cigarettes. According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, Japan Tobacco’s line of LD cigarettes are now

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