FDA Launches Tobacco Public Education Campaign

The FDA seeks to educate hard to reach youth groups to reduce tobacco use among such groups. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)has launched a national public education campaign to prevent and reduce tobacco use among groups that are frequently exposed to pro-tobacco images and messages. Multicultural youth who identify with the hip-hop peer crowd


How to Add Space for E-Cigarettes

After years of stellar growth, the vapor products category responds to changing marketplace dynamics. With one eye on the market, convenience retailers constantly weigh how much shelf space to allot e-cigarettes. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor When industry analysts announce in July that a product category is on track for a growth rate of

How to Increase Cigarette Sales

Cigarettes remain a staple of c-store business despite the constant scrutiny the category attracts. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Despite increasing regulations and an incremental erosion of its once wide consumer base, cigarettes in the past year have shown a remarkable ability for bouncing back. Cigarette sales at convenience stores for the 52 weeks ending

NATO Seeks Repeal of Two Legal Age Laws

NATO submits legal commentary against cities where the legal age for purchasing tobacco products is 21. NATO (National Association of Tobacco Outlets) is requesting that two California cities repeal their ordinances that raise the legal age for tobacco purchases to 21, rather than 18. The requests have been submitted as legal commentary letters to the Healdsburg, Calif. City

RAI Sells Natural American Spirit International Businesses to JT Group

The sale does not include the rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks in the U.S. Reynolds American Inc. announced that it is selling the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks, along with the international companies that distribute and market the brand outside the U.S.,

Will Japan Tobacco Purchase RAI Cigarette Assets?

While talks are said to be “advanced” a deal has not been finalized. Japan Tobacco Inc. (JTI) is reportedly in talks to buy cigarette assets from Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) According to a report by Bloomberg, JTI may acquire assets worth about $5 billion, including some of the Natural American Spirit tobacco brand. Discussions were

FDA Releases Proposed Rule On Tobacco Product Jurisdiction

A comment period is now open through November. The Cigar Association of America reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has clarified its proposed rule on tobacco product jurisdiction. Parker Kasmer, an associate in the FDA Group, provided the following summary regarding the proposed rule on Friday: “FDA issued a proposed rule today, clarifying

How C-Stores Can Influence Public Health

As e-cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction continue to garner discussion, convenience stores are positioned to play a role. By Carl V. Phillips As the most convenient place to buy smokeless tobacco, convenience stores have been at the center of tobacco harm reduction (THR)—and the substitution of low-risk alternatives for cigarettes—before anyone really spoke about the

How JTI Is Growing In Emerging Products Segments

Wells Fargo notes JTI is expanding in the areas of e-vapor, tobacco vapor and next generation products. At Japan Tobacco (JTI)’s investor meeting in London on Sept. 18, the company reiterated its mid-to-high single-digit profit growth target and noted that it expects to grow profits in the mid-to long-term. Wells Fargo Securities LLC, noted JTI

Smoker Friendly Donates More Than $100,000 To JDRF

Store clerks selling ribbons, customer donations and an auction helped Smoker Friendly raise funds for the cause. Smoker Friendly has delivered a check for $100,237.00 to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Colorado. Smoker Friendly International and The Cigarette Store Corp.’s 89 Smoker Friendly and Gasamat stores delivered the funds on Sept 21. The efforts of

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Speaks Out On FDA Ruling

FDA order requires retailers to stop sales of four cigarette products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products has announced the issuance of Not Substantially Equivalent orders that will stop the further distribution and sale of four R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. cigarette products. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has released a statement in

Are CVS’ Anti-Smoking Efforts Impacting Cigarette Purchases?

Research shows a decrease in cigarette smoking after CVS stops selling tobacco products. In an attempt to decrease impulse cigarette purchases and to promote public health, one year ago, CVS decided to stop selling tobacco in its stores, nationwide. Despite the belief that this move would have little impact upon cigarette sales, a recent study

Chocolate Cigarillos

Swisher International has introduced new King Edward VII Chocolate Cigarillos. Now customers can enjoy premium tobacco tastes in three different blends – chocolate, vanilla and natural. The cigarillos are hand rolled in the Dominican Republic in a natural Connecticut shade wrapper and are packed in resealable foil pouches to ensure freshness. They are offered at an affordable […]

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Ultra Coolness

Kretek International Inc., importer and marketer of Djarum and Djarum BLACK filtered cigars, has announced the rollout of new Djarum BLACK Ultra Menthol cigars. The new cigars feature intense menthol blended with Djarum’s signature clove taste to create a cigar experience unlike any other. Djarum BLACK Ultra Menthol is the first new Djarum filtered line […]

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Profit Margins Increase for Tobacco Producers

After 10 years of annual $1 billion payments to tobacco farmers, tobacco producers feel a great weight being lifted from their shoulders. Profit margins are on the rise for the producers of tobacco products one year after the expiration of a 10 year federal assessment, the Tobacco Transition Payment Program, which required cigarette manufacturers, cigar companies

Chicago Mayor Proposes New Tax on Vapor Products

The proposed tax on vapor products in Chicago may be detrimental to public health. Fran Spielman from the Chicago Tribune recently reported that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel intends to propose a new tax on vapor products, and this proposed tax would be “roughly equivalent” to the $7.17 tax on tobacco cigarettes in Chicago. In response to this report, the

How Marijuana Legalization Could Help Your Business

Now that four states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana, and others weigh similar moves, what might it mean for the retail landscape? Marijuana and the potential for wide-spread legalization of the substance continues to be a controversial topic, yet wherever you stand on this highly political subject, one thing is hard to

“We Card” Reaches 20-Year Mark

Some 20 years of effort by retailers, with the help of We Card, has led to a substantial decrease in the sale of tobacco products to underage consumers. We Card is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The national “We Card” program was launched in 1995 to help combat youth access to tobacco. Twenty years ago, it

Collectable Tins

Republic Tobacco L.P. has introduced new limited-edition art deco-style collectible tins. Visual impact has been taken to a bright new level with the TOP Cigarette Paper design. Measuring seven-inches wide x 7.25-inches high, the tin has a footprint that easily fits on the counter or a shelf. Tins will stand up unlike other temporary displays […]

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How to Strengthen Smokeless Sales

Despite hurdles, smokeless tobacco sales continue to grow. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As America continues its love/hate relationship with cigarette smoking, smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products (OTP) sales continue to inch higher. At the same time, smokeless and other forms of tobacco continue to face hurdles in the form of local restrictions. For

Cigarette Filter Tubes

Republic Tobacco L.P. has introduced new silver cigarette filter tubes to its Gambler, TubeCut and TOP lines. Available in king and 100-millimeter sizes, these premium quality products have filled a consumer demand for goods backed by well-established brands. The silver style products are for consumers that prefer a more airy, clean taste. All Republic Tobacco […]

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E-Cigs Dollar Sales Growth Slows

Weak pricing to blame for poor year-over-year electronic cigarette dollar sales at c-stores and mass merchandisers. Across multiple channels (mass and convenience stores), electronic cigarette dollar sales fell 3.5% year-over-year in the period ending Aug. 8, 2015. The downward shift was driven by negative net pricing of -19.3% and relatively soft +19.5% unit growth, according

How RJR is Helping Prevent Youth Tobacco Use

Right Decisions Right Now youth tobacco prevention program enhances Website to make it easier to navigate. In order to better fight teen and youth tobacco use, Right Decisions Right Now: Be Tobacco Free (RDRN), a free, evidence-based youth tobacco prevention program, has made major enhancements to its Website, offering a more user-friendly experience for educators,

How Legislation and Taxes Are Affecting Cigars

C-store operators looking to grow their cigar business need to keep one eye on their customers and another on legislators looking to raise OTP taxes. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Several states continue to consider excise taxes for cigars and other tobacco products (OTP), while others look at raising the smoking age and enacting outright

Sweet Cigar

Inter-Continental Cigar (ICC) has introduced the Al Capone SWEET Cigar. This new cigar plays off the success of Al Capone Sweet Cigarillos and offers a larger version of the popular product. The cigar is hand rolled in a premium, natural leaf wrapper and cognac dipped for sweetness on the lips. Each cigar is individually sealed […]

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