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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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Illinois Starts 2015 With New E-Cig Regulations

New rules for cider sales also go into effect. Retailers in Illinois must comply with new regulations for e-cigarettes in 2015. E-cigarettes must be kept behind the counter at convenience stores, and vapor refills must be in child-proof packaging, effective Jan. 1, reported WQAD8 News. Hard ciders are also facing new rules. Apple and other

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Congressional E-Cigarette Opponents Play Grinch

Three Congressional Democrats want State attorneys general to declare vaping products “cigarettes.”  Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, issued the following statement: “These representatives are asking state attorneys general to violate both the Constitution and their own state laws. State attorneys general have no power to force e-cigarette companies to become parties to

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AVA Responds To CDC Article

American Vaping Association calls for oversight of ACA grant money. The American Vaping Association(AVA), an advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, reacted to the release of a new opinion article on vapor products written by employees of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly

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Big Tobacco’s National Rollouts Driving E-Cig Category Growth

“We believe the trial and awareness generated by Vuse and MarkTen should help elevate the entire category and drive incremental trial,” predicts Wells Fargo. E-cig c-store dollar sales maintained strong growt,h but sequentially decelerated to +25.6% in the period ending Nov. 22, 2014, driven by 55% unit growth, partially offset by -19% net pricing, Wells

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House Leadership Responds To FDA Overreach

Proposed FDA regulations must be changed to avoid banning vapor products and stifling innovation. The American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, reacted to the release of a letter sent last week by members of leadership in the House of Representatives to HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

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Smokeless Holds its Own

Despite the popularity of electronic cigarettes and the gloominess of regulatory concerns, smokeless tobacco continues to be a significant seller for convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Because smoking restrictions have increased and the sale of cigarettes continues to decline across the U.S., it’s not surprising that smokeless tobacco sales have remained on an

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New Hard Shell Kits

Cig2o, an e-cigarette category leader, has introduced the next generation of Cig2o kits with its new hard shell kit, including long lasting rechargeable 808 battery, USB charger and three, all new Soft Tip, “real feel” cartomizer refills. The hard shell case lends added storage and freshness. It is available in Classic Tobacco, Red Tobacco and

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“Vape” Chosen as Word of the Year

Vape is part of the English language and a popular word at that, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.   The Oxford English Dictionary has selected “vape” as its word of the year. The dictionary defines vape as a verb meaning “to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device. “A

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Vaping Group Derides Wisconsin Ban

Council looks to ban vaping in all locations in the Madison where smoking tobacco is banned.   Today, the American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, reacted to the introduction of an ordinance by members of the Madison City Council that would ban vaping in all

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Moist Tobacco Six-Pack Tubs

CN Smokeless Co. LLC is bringing some muscle to the traditional moist tobacco category with its latest introduction: Klondike Premium Moist Tobacco Six-Pack Tubs. The Klondike Six-Pack Tub is redefining what a tub should be by eliminating the mess and hassle of traditional tubs. Adult tobacco consumers are saying “no” to the time-consuming and messy

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American Vaping Association Demands Correction From FDA Commissioner

FDA Chief accuses thousands of e-cigarette companies of marketing to kids. The American Vaping Association, anadvocate for the benefits of vaping products, such as electronic cigarettes, is calling on FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg to retract and apologize for false and slanderous comments she made in an interview published yesterday by Medscape. “These products are

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Westminster, Mass. Proposes Tobacco Sales Ban

Applause cancels public meeting. On Wednesday evening of this week, the Westminster, Mass. Board of Health scheduled a public hearing regarding a first of its kind proposal in the country that would ban the sale of all tobacco products in the town. Currently, there are seven retailers licensed to sell tobacco products in Westminster, which

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Hoping to Ignite

C-stores search for the key to unlocking the marketability of e-cigars. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Electronic cigarette sales are soaring and the vapor tank-mods business is growing. But when it comes to e-cigars, convenience store operators may find unlocking their untapped potential a challenge. While e-cigarettes are sometimes used as a buffer against traditional

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Cigar Issues Still Fresh

For convenience stores that sell cigars, it’s business as usual—at least until regulators say otherwise. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Now that the comment period on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) deeming regulations has passed, only time will tell what restrictions might affect the cigar segment, which is still alive and well. A

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Altria/ Philip Morris Raising Cigarette Prices

“We expect the tobacco stocks to react favorably tomorrow to news of this list price increase,” says a Wells Fargo analyst. Altria/ Philip Morris USA is increasing cigarette prices on its core brands by $0.07 per pack (approximately a 2-3% increase), or 70 cents per carton on all brands except L&M, according to a report

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Mango Cigarillos

Maintaining its tradition of introducing award-winning limited edition FoilFresh cigarillo flavors, Swedish Match is proud to announce Game Mango. The limited time seasonal flavor has the tropical taste of mango that enhances the natural leaf cigars to deliver a slow, smooth and sweet smoking experience. Game Mango will be available on Jan. 7 in two-for-99-cents

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Kayak Snuff

Swisher International proves that oversized can still be convenient. The new Kayak Man Can was introduced nationally Oct. 20, 2014. The newly-designed packaging contains 12 regular-sized cans worth of quality moist snuff tobacco and fits perfectly in a cup holder, so customers can conveniently take it in the car, truck or boat. The Kayak Man

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On E-Cigarette Sales

Vuse currently leading e-cigarette category when it comes to c-store dollar share. E-cigarette c-store dollar sales sequentially accelerated to 42.4% in the period ending Oct. 25, driven by 75% unit growth, partially offset by a decline of 19% in net pricing, according to Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) has further solidified itself

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NATO Announces Board of Director Election Results

The 2015 NATO Board of Director election results have been finalized and the following individuals were elected to a two-year term: Retail Board Members Elected: Mary Szarmach (The Cigarette Store Corp./Smoker Friendly), Phil Metzinger (Brookshire Bros.), Bob Roberts (Smoke’em, Inc.), Bob Sanft (Xtramart Stores), Tony Stapleton (7-Eleven,Inc.), and Stacie Tonniges (Casey’s General Stores). Wholesale Board

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