Adult Smoking Rates Decline

A number of different factors have led to a decline in smoking rates among adults. Smoking rates among adults have declined rapidly over the past year. According to a report from ABC News, the CDC has reported that the smoking rate among adults fell to a mere 15% last year, down from approximately 17% in

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Philip Morris USA Announces List Price Increase on Cigarette Brands

Price increases are expected across the tobacco industry in the coming weeks. A recent list price increase by one of the tobacco industry giants has set the stage for other companies to follow suit. These price increases are expected to be good news for the industry. A new report from Wells Fargo reported that Philip

VMR Products Comments On FDA Deeming Rules

VMR Products declares portions of FDA’s recent decision regarding electronic cigarette regulations to be common sense, but the company has some qualms with the regulatory process. On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the decision to extend federal regulatory control to electronic cigarettes. In response the decision from the FDA, Jan

The European Court Justice Upholds Tobacco Products Directive

The ECJ has ruled against the industry’s challenge of the 2014 tobacco directive. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled against the tobacco industry’s challenge to the 2014 tobacco directive. The directive is being upheld in its entirety. According to Wells Fargo, the directive effectively bans menthol cigarettes, requires health warnings to cover at

FDA Institutes New E-Cig Regulations

The federal ruling extends the FDA’s authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco. By CSD Staff Convenience retailers that have waited for federal decision makers to take a firm position on the regulation of electronic cigarettes don’t have to wait any longer. In a press conference this morning, Health

FDA Deeming Rules Could Stifle Innovation

The costly and time-consuming requirements will be burdensome for many small manufacturers. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on FDA’s Thursday, May 5, announcement on the final ruling on electronic cigarettes and vapor regulation, which provides a framework for the FDA to regulate previously “undeemed” tobacco products, including e-cigs/vapor products and cigars in the U.S., and

The State of the Tobacco Industry

At the close of the recent quarter, the tobacco industry remained in a favorable position. Despite the rise in health-conscious consumers, recent data from the recent four-week period ending April 23, 2016 has revealed that the tobacco market remains strong as a whole. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed the driver of growth

Eversmoke Brand Dissolves into VaporFi

In response to the evolving needs of customers of the vaping industry, the International Vapor Group has chosen to combine two of its electronic cigarette lines. International Vapor Group Inc. has announced that Eversmoke, one of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, will be transitioning to the VaporFi brand. “We’re very excited about the shift in the

The Cigarette Store Corp. Acquires Tobacco Depot

The country’s largest retail tobacco store operator looks to expand its footprint into the Florida market. The Cigarette Store Corp. (TCSC), owner and operator of Smoker Friendly retail stores, has finalized its acquisition of Tobacco Depot. The acquisition includes the company, along with Tobacco Depot’s 13 stores in and around Tampa, Fla. Smoker Friendly will

Cigars & Cigarillos Market Expands

Increased variety and increased consumer diversity are among the factors driving the cigars and cigarillos industry. The new “Global Market Study on Cigars & Cigarillos” from Persistence Market Research has revealed that the cigars and cigarillos market is poised for significant growth in the coming years. The report estimated that the market was valued at

Wells Fargo Shares NATO Show Takeaways

After a panel discussion featuring FDA Director Zeller, Wells Fargo notes its perceptions of where regulations are headed. Wells Fargo Securities LLC weighed in on highlights from the National Association of Tobacco Outlet (NATO) Show in Las Vegas last week where Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, presented on a panel.

Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Lately, I have been looking for new ideas regarding analyzing the millions of records we have accumulated over the past 13 years. You can find yourself lost in analysis if you are not careful. However, there is something about it that intrigues me. Assumptions have the propensity of becoming

House Appropriations Committee Amends Tobacco Control Act

The predicate date established in the Tobacco Control Act has been changed. The tobacco industry is celebrating as the House Appropriations Committee has passed an amendment to change the predicate date for the Tobacco Control Act. According to a report from the Cigar Association of America Inc., the predicate date, which was previously set at

Vaping Saved By House Vote

House Appropriations Committee passes amendment to stop the FDA from banning most vapor products. The vaping industry is rejoicing after the House Appropriations Committee, on April 19, voted in favor of an amendment to the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would modernize the predicate date for vapor products and stop the FDA from banning

FDA Educates on Smokeless Tobacco

The FDA is collaborating with Minor League Baseball to educate at risk teens about the health detriments that can result from smokeless tobacco use. Alterations have been made to “The Real Cost” campaign from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an attempt to reach a wider audience. “The Real Cost” campaign is now

Tobacco-Free Citrus-Flavored Snuff

Smokey Mountain Chew Inc. has announced the addition of new Citrus flavor to its line of line of Herbal Snuff products. Smokey Mountain is America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand. The Smokey Mountain brand has shown tremendous growth over the past five years. Because of that, creating a diverse flavor portfolio to reach the […]

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New Little Cigars

Swisher International Inc. has introduced Swisher Sweets Caramel Little Cigars and Swisher Diamonds Little Cigars. These Little Cigars are made with high-quality tobacco that packs a big taste, at a sweet price. As the “leader of the pack,” Swisher Sweets Little Cigars are the best selling brand of Little Cigars. The new Swisher Sweets Caramel […]

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Limited Edition Cheyenne Tropical Cigar Earns Best New Tobacco Product Title

Cheyenne Cigars thanks its fans for choosing an award-winning packaging design. The fresh style and distinctive packaging of Cheyenne Cigars’ first limited edition style, Tropical 100s, has earned the product the 2016 Best New Tobacco Product title at the 2016 Tobacco Plus Expo. Each year a panel of industry buyers judge four categories of new

Defying Expectations

In a year in which consumers generated strong other-than-tobacco numbers, smokeless tobacco outperformed industry forecasts in 2015. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor While the number of U.S. smokers still lags that of years past and legislators continue to debate  how to legislate the vapor and e-cigarette markets, other tobacco products (OTPs) such as chewing

NATO to Drop Trade Show, Focus on Public Policy Issues

The 2016 show later this month in Las Vegas will be the last as the association turns its attention to issues at the local, state and federal levels. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) announced it will focus its resources exclusively on public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels, and end

The State of the Tobacco Industry

Wells Fargo Securities has released a report, evaluating data from Nielson Equity Research, and has made a number of conclusions regarding the current state of the tobacco market. Data from Nielson Equity Research on the tobacco market has been released, and the tobacco industry has demonstrated growth in a number of areas, while others have

Early PATH Study Findings Reveal E-Cigarette Trends

Early findings of the PATH study from the FDA have revealed growing trends in the e-cigarette market.  One of the most important areas of research in the tobacco industry is electronic cigarette use, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released some of the early findings from its Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH)

blu Expands International Presence

blu will be reaching new customers, in two new countries, through its new global brand and marketing campaign. On April 4, 2016, blu launched a new global brand and marketing campaign, under the tagline “Just You & blu.” blu, an electronic vaping company, launched the campaign in the U.S., United Kingdom, Italy and France. The

E-Liquid Debut

Gaïatrend USA has announced the launch of the company’s leading brand, Alfaliquid, in the U.S. to grow the brand internationally and mark its entry into the North American marketplace. Alfaliquid’s early success in Europe can be attributed to the brand’s extensive variety of unique, quality e-liquid flavors and the company’s commitment to health and safety […]

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Sales of Accessories Add Up

For years, tobacco accessories—a category that covers a litany of products, from lighters to roll-your-own papers to hookahs—catered to traditional tobacco users. Smokers reflexively reach for lighters or matches as they pay for cigarettes or cigars at convenience store counters. In fact, this relationship has prompted sports teams, music groups, and television shows to expand

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