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NATO Responds To IOM Study On Tobacco Age Requirements

Study confirms that most underage users rely on social sources to get tobacco. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a study that concludes raising the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products “will likely prevent or delay initiation of tobacco use by adolescents and young adults,” according to the National Association of Tobacco Outlets

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Cigarettes Category Still In-Store Leader

Lower gasoline prices and trends in tobacco alternatives will both play a role in determining the kind of year 2015 will be for cigarettes—as will well-stocked sections and clear in-store messaging that trumpets value. Nevertheless, cigarettes remain the tobacco category’s top product performer in terms of in-store sales. C-store operators watching the cigarette market in

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Cigars Might Surprise in 2015

The cigar category may just prove a pleasant surprise for convenience stores in 2015. Lower gas prices should translate into higher in-store rings and additional impulse sales. And while the lower-price tier remains the staple, many see greater opportunity for more expensive cigars. Cigar singles will continue to fuel the category throughout the year. To

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Smokeless Tobacco Looking Good, For Now

Growth in smokeless tobacco this year will depend on the variety of offerings, adequate inventory and focus on roll pricing. Total smokeless tobacco sales experienced a 5% rise over the last 12 months, according to Nielsen. However, enthusiasm among retailers was tempered recently when President Obama released a proposed federal budget that included a 94-cents-per-pack

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E-Cigarettes Continue to Evolve

Sales of e-cigarettes in the U.S. are set to grow 24.2% per year through 2018, according to a projection from market provider Research and Markets Ltd. Those are promising figures for many convenience retailers who continue to take stock in data from such groups as StatisticBrain.com, which estimates that 2.7% of U.S. adults have tried

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Vaping Products Add Juice for Retailers

Vaping products and production processes continue to develop, spurring a category full of potential for convenience stores. As the category continues to evolve with new technology, retailers can expect a big push from many smaller manufacturers to the closed systems, as the majors take over the traditional e-cigarette category. The open systems continue to experience

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RYO Spells Profit Potential

With some smart retailing, assistance from suppliers and a bit of help from Capitol Hill, roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco over the past year has accounted for nearly half of total other tobacco products (OTP) sales, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI). Going forward, RYO should continue to be a productive part of c-store tobacco sets, led

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Accessories Make Tobacco Category Complete

Cigarette and cigar lighters, as well as rolling papers, electronic cigarette accessories, ash trays, cigar cases, cutters and humidors, pipes and pipe accessories, will continue to provide add-on sales at c-stores throughout 2015. Tobacco accessories accounted for $246 million in sales last year, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI) data. Sales of cigarette lighters, far

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New York State And Counties Consider E-Cig Bans

Age requirement increases for purchasing electronic cigarettes also being considered. E-cigarette users in New York may soon face vaping bans in workplaces and restaurants as their local governments, as well as the state of New York, both consider extending smoking bans to electronic cigarettes, according to lohud.com. For example, Westchester County, N.Y. lawmakers are considering

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Consumer-Centric Vaping

iSmoke has introduced iSmoke OneHitter, a small, discrete loose leaf tobacco vaporizer designed to “heat, not burn” tobacco. Perfect for on-the-go adult smokers who are looking for a portable, discrete, and technologically advanced way to vape their loose tobacco. The battery is rechargeable and comes with a cleaning tool set. Additionally, the iSmoke “3-in-1” device

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Kentucky Smoking Ban Dead Again

Cigar Association of America lobbies successfully to prevent smoking ban in Kentucky. Thanks in part to the lobbying efforts of the Cigar Association of America (CAA), the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) and others, a bill that would have enacted a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky is dead for the fifth consecutive year,

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Refreshed Look, New Variants

Dutch Masters is making the biggest change in the brand’s 100-year-old history, including a major refresh to its iconic logo, to meet current adult cigar smokers’ lifestyles and preferences. It is also adding ‘Crafted to Burn Slow’ messaging on the new packaging to emphasize the use of traditional natural leaf cigar wrappers and its commitment

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JTI Acquires Ploom Intellectual Property Rights

“This agreement is a natural evolution of our fruitful partnership and enables both companies to concentrate independently on their areas of expertise,” says JTI’s deputy CEO. JTI has acquired from Ploom Inc. a number of patents and trademarks relating to Ploom Inc.’s devices, such as the Ploom modelOne and modelTwo and the Ploom tobacco vapor

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NATO Launches “Not One Cent, Not One Percent” Campaign

Opposes proposal to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. NATO is launching its “Not One Cent, Not One Percent” campaign aimed at urging U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to oppose President Obama’s budget proposal to raise the federal cigarette tax by 94 cents per pack and increase the federal excise tax rate on

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Legislation Introduced To Close Tobacco Tax Loopholes

Legislation would apply tax equity to all tobacco products, including new developments like e-cigarettes. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was joined by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) this week in introducing the Tobacco Tax Equity Act to close loopholes in the tax code. The Tobacco Tax Equity Act would

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Dulce de Leche Cigarillos

Swisher Sweets’ first limited-edition cigarillos of 2015—Swisher Sweets Dulce de Leche—is delicioso. Customers will love the smooth, sweet, creamy taste; a deliciousness that will keep them coming back for more. Dulce de Leche Swisher Sweets are available to ship to participating stores nationwide beginning Feb. 2, 2015. They come in resealable two-count foil pouches with

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Cigar Industry Remembers Tony Barone

Life celebration set for Feb. 14. Tony Barone, an industry giant and friend to many, died this week after a brief battle with cancer. Barone’s passing comes less than two years after he retired from Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. after a long and illustrious career. The family will hold a “life celebration” for Barone on Saturday, Feb.

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Lifting the Veil

What will it take to get Cuban cigars onto c-store shelves? By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Convenience store operators who thought cigars when they learned of President Obama’s plan to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and dismantle economic sanctions may have to wait a while to bring those quality stogies to shelves. With an embassy

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Lower Gas Prices Helping to Drive Cigarette Category Strength

E-cig dollar sales growth tapers off but remains positive, Wells Fargo reports. Cigarette dollar sales remain solid, driven by strong pricing and positive volume, Wells Fargo Securities reported, citing recent Nielsen data. C-store cigarette dollar sales were up 3.8% (down from +4.4% last period and -1.5% last year) during the recent four weeks on +3.0%

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Tantus Tobacco Makes Key Hire

Tantus Tobacco has named John Rudolfs to the position of president. Rudolfs was most recently executive vice president of marketing for Murphy USA, a fortune 200 company. Rudolfs has had a successful track record of helping lead and build companies, in roles as diverse as business development to president, in organizations ranging from start-ups to

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Un-Sweet Cigarillos

Swisher International Inc. has introduced new Swisher Diamonds Cigarillos, the un-sweet Swisher. These cigarillos are everything you love about Swisher without the sweet; just a smooth, rich taste created by master tobacco blenders. Swisher Diamonds cigarillos are available in a two-count resealable pouch at three popular price points: 99-cents, $1.49, and non-priced “Save on 2.”

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Combustible Cigarette Pricing And Volume Strong

Lower gas prices likely driving category strength, says Wells Fargo. C-store cig dollar sales were up 4.4% (above +2.2% last period and -2.6% last year) during the recent four weeks on an increase of 3.4% in pricing and an increase of 1% equal units, Wells Fargo Securities reported, citing Nielsen data. “We believe c-store unit

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E-Cigs Driving E-Choices

As big tobacco embraces the market, consumers are seeking a broader array of vaping products. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Savvy convenience store operators are taking stock in consumers’ growing hunger for tobacco alternatives, which is widening to include more than just electronic cigarettes. While best sellers like Lorillard Tobacco’s blu, Logic, NJOY, R.J. Reynolds’

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Mounting Pressure

As cigarette prices rise, margin stress on retailers remains. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor With cigarette consumption likely to continue to decline in the mid-single-digit range, pricing remains a crucial factor for retailers, and one that convenience store operators are watching with great interest. The Big Three U.S. tobacco manufacturers—Lorillard Inc., Philip Morris USA and

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Disposable & Rechargeable E-Cigs

With experience of over three years, we have found that smokers who switch to e-cigs (electronic vaporizers) are enjoying tobacco-free cigarettes without flicking messy ashes or cigarette butts. We sell at wholesale & retail and online at zebrasmoke.com. In our convenience online shop we offer free shipping on all orders over $100. We offer excellent

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