San Francisco Aims To Ban Flavored Tobacco, Menthol Cigarettes

If ordinance becomes law, San Francisco would become the first city to approve a sales ban on flavored tobacco. San Francisco has introduced an ordinance —approved by city supervisors—that would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette juices that include nicotine, as well as flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes—citing concerns that the flavors entice children.

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Smokeless Makes a Comeback

A recent manufacturer’s recall of several popular smokeless brands produced some unexpected benefits for retailers. By Andrea Myers The last time there was so much chatter in the industry about smokeless tobacco was when the two largest American cigarette manufacturers acquired the two largest American smokeless companies. Those were exciting times. On Jan. 31, 2017,

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Realizing E-Cigarette Potential

Evolving with e-cigs requires commitment, but it can pay dividends for c-store retailers. By Anne Flint In order to be successful with the electronic cigarettes segment, convenience store retailers have to think about the broader tobacco category and the role that electronic cigarettes play in total store profitability. The role of electronic cigarettes is evolving

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Euromonitor Sees Tobacco Industry Shift

Tobacco focus expected to continue to move toward vaping and heated tobacco. New research from Euromonitor International, a market research provider, shows the global tobacco industry is shifting from cigarettes to vaping and heated tobacco. In fact, Euromonitor research shows that the cigarettes market will record a US$7.7 billion loss by 2021, compensated by the

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Tobacco Pressed by Local Laws

C-stores are finding the burden of tobacco control regulations is often heaviest within the communities where they operate. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In 2016, tobacco was the c-store industry’s biggest growth driver, generating $53 billion in sales, according to new Nielsen Homescan data. In fact, the tobacco category accounted for 38% of total c-store

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Cigarettes Remain On Top

Although smoking rates have been on the decline, cigarettes remain a leading performer for convenience stores. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor In 2016, convenience stores captured 85% of all sales through sales from just six categories: Cigarettes, packaged beverages, candy, beer, salty snacks and other tobacco products (OTP), based on the latest research data from

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Accessories Stay Afloat

As tobacco products evolve, sellers of tobacco accessories must foster new market opportunities. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor As tobacco products feel a squeeze from regulations, accessories must adapt to thrive. Tobacco accessories include lighters, rolling papers, e-cigarette cartridges and other purchases that complement tobacco use. Smoking accessories totaled $254 million for the

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What’s Ahead for E-Cigs?

From regulations to shifting consumer demand, e-cigarettes remain susceptible to various factors. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor On the surface, e-cigarettes are performing well in terms of OTP (other tobacco products) category sales. Information Resources Inc. (IRI), a Chicago-based market research firm, reported total sales of all electronic tobacco devices—e-cigarettes and vapors/tanks/mods—in U.S. convenience

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Optimistic About Vapor

Even though sales of vaping products appear to be on the upswing, c-stores remain cautious about the category’s future. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 released its final deeming regulations that classified vapors, tanks, mods (VTMs) and e-liquids as tobacco products, sales had been trailing

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Working With Roll-Your-Own Tobacco

Depending on the local marketplace, RYO products are popular offerings for some convenience retailers. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor Some c-stores’ roll-your-own tobacco (RYO) sales are significant enough to justify a large display at or near the counter. For others, customer demand is barely sufficient to rationalize small display facings, if that. Still, other retailers

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Nevada Reviewing Wage Hike

Senate Joint Resolution 6 would require the minimum wage to be increased by 75 cents an hour each year beginning on Jan. 1, 2022 until the minimum wage is $12 A proposed amendment to the Nevada Constitution that would raise the minimum wage recently began public hearings. Much more will be said before the amendment

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Tennessee Tobacco Mark-Up on Tap

The law, enacted in three phases, raises retailers’ minimum mark-up on cigarettes by 35 cents per pack in three stages over a two-year period, increasing the minimum markup from 8% to 15%. The last phase of singular tobacco policy known as the Unfair Cigarette Sales Law will affect Tennessee retailers, beginning July 1. The regulation

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Cigars Reflect Healthy Profits

With more products to choose from, c-store consumers are keeping cigars at the forefront of the OTP category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The cigar segment is a healthy one, but one that requires more than a passing familiarity with both regular offerings and evolving regulations. Cigars make up 27.9% of the Other Tobacco Products

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RAI Reveals Post-Acquisition Leadership Team

Debra Crew to remain as president and CEO of RAI. Reynolds American Inc. has announced its proposed leadership team after the anticipated third-quarter acquisition of RAI by British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BAT). Debra Crew will remain as president and CEO of RAI. Should the acquisition be successfully completed, she will report to Nicandro Durante, president

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Wells Fargo Outlines Tobacco Sales Trends

Smokeless a “bright spot” while e-cigarette sales remain impressive. Wells Fargo reported that cigarette dollar sales increased +1.1% during the four-week period ending May 20, 2017 (vs +0.7% for 12-weeks) as strong +5.6% pricing successfully offset weakening cigarette volume trends (-4.2% vs -3.8% for 12-weeks). “We expect adult tobacco consumer resilience to continue through the

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FDA Issues New Guidance on Deeming Regulations

NATO outlines FDA’s three-month enforcement extension on deeming compliance deadlines. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a guidance document as a follow up to the agency’s announcement last week to further explain the three-month extension of many deeming regulation future compliance deadlines for cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes, vapor products, hookah tobacco, and

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Philadelphia Retailers Battle Tobacco and Soda Regulations

While new tobacco ordinances make it challenging to get tobacco permits, a soda tax threatens sales in the beverage category. It’s a tough time to be a convenience store owner in Philadelphia. The City of Philadelphia’s Health Department, looking to protect children, early this year started snuffing out permits for selling tobacco products. According to

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Tobacco Accessories Face the Unknown

Tied to the fortune of cigarettes, sales of tobacco auxiliary products begin an uphill climb. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Given the market for tobacco accessories, lighters, rolling papers and other product lines produce an excellent margin for convenience retailers—between 40-50% in some cases. More importantly, sales have been steady for the past decade, despite

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Proposed Legislation Could Let E-Cigs Off FDA’s Hook

A new bill looks to make e-cigs exempt from rules that impact tobacco products. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has introduced “The Cigarette Smoking Reduction and Electronic Vapor Alternatives Act of 2017,” which aims to reduce the approval process for e-cigarettes under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to a report by The Hill, the

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M-PACT Reveals Burning Tobacco Issues

The threat of local ordinances is the most pressing threat to tobacco retailers now. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Tobacco took a front seat at M-PACT 2017 as attendees on the last day had the opportunity to learn the latest issues affecting an important category for convenience retailers. The session, Tobacco Outlook: Cigarettes, Cigars, Smokeless

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Winston ‘Select’

The Winston family of great cigarette brands just got bigger. To capitalize on the continued success of Winston and the opportunity in the non-menthol gold segment, ITG Brands is launching Winston Select featuring a white filter tip, king box and great taste. Available at retail this month, Winston Select joins Winston Red, with a bold […]

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New York Cigar Tax Shift Defeated

Also rejected in the budget was the Governor’s proposed new excise tax on e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine. New York convenience store retailers and suppliers worked together to keep a harmful shift in cigar excise tax out of the new state budget approved this week by Governor Cuomo and the Legislature. Jim Calvin, president of the

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‘Un-Flavored’ Cigars

Swedish Match North America is introducing new White Owl Emerald & White Owl Platinum. White Owl Emerald and Platinum are ‘un-flavored,’ ‘un-sweet’ cigars made with an all-natural premium blend of the finest tobaccos from around the world. White Owl Emerald has a distinct green wrapper and White Owl Platinum has a traditional brown wrapper. Both […]

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Swisher Appoints Dunn Vice President, Industry Relations

A tobacco veteran at Swisher International, Bill Dunn transitions to a role with a customer engagement focus. Swisher International Inc. has appointed Bill Dunn to vice president, industry relations. Formerly vice president of field sales, Dunn has held more than 10 different positions of increasing responsibility within the organization spanning a 35-year career. “It goes

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All-Channel Tobacco Numbers Fluctuate

Cigarette volume deceleration persists while industry maintains firm pricing.  At the close of the recent quarter, the tobacco segments remained steady overall, despite deceleration in cigarette volume. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed the driver of growth in the multiple market divisions, and the report also indicates that some segments are doing better

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