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New Hookah Flavors, Accessories

Kretek International Inc. has announced several new additions to its lineup of Voodoo Hookah products.  Joining Voodoo traditional hookahs and new e-hookahs are a full line of 20 Shisha flavors with matching flavors in Voodoo Steam Stones.  The 20 exotic flavors are divided into four pre-packed collections of tropical and blended fruit, berries, citrus and

LOGIC E-Cigs Continues Steady Growth

Seizes top four SKUs and nine of Top 12 SKUs in the U.S. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the results of Nielsen’s latest Item Rank Report, indicating LOGIC continues to outperform competitors in sales per point distribution. The total U.S. Nielsen Item Rank Report, based on sales from convenience stores nationwide, reports

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New Pack Design

Export ‘A’ revealed an updated, sleeker pack design that will enhance your super premium category. Artfully crafted for a natural smooth taste since 1928, Export ‘A’ is the choice for adult smoking connoisseurs. Made from premium Virginia leaf tobacco, the blend achieves the best balance of taste, strength, and smoothness…with no added flavors. In its

FDA Seeks Retail Inspectors

A call for private inspectors shows FDA aims to conduct inspections in the nine states that don’t have a contract with FDA to check up on retailers. This week, the FDA began soliciting proposals from private contractors to conduct retail tobacco inspections in Alaska, Florida, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and

FDA Issues 10,000th Tobacco Retailer Warning Letter

Four warning letters issued for cigarette or roll-your-own tobacco that was labeled as “pipe tobacco.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued its 10,000th tobacco retailer warning letter for noncompliance with tobacco rules. To ensure compliance with the law, FDA works to prevent youth access to tobacco products and the influence of marketing

Study Finds NJOY E-Cigarette Use Leads to Short-Term Smoking Reduction

Research to be published in the American Journal of Health Behavior. NJOY, an American electronic cigarette company has announced the results of a pilot study that has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Health Behavior and will be published online on Oct. 1, 2013. The study, supported by NJOY and led by

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Study Shows Chemicals in E-Cigarettes Pose Minimal Health Risk

“This study assures us that e-cigarettes are as low risk as other smoke-free tobacco and nicotine products,” says CASAA Scientific Director. E-cigarette users can breathe a little easier today. A study just released by Professor Igor Burstyn, Drexel University School of Public Health, confirms that chemicals in electronic cigarettes  pose no health concern for users

C-Store, Tobacco Industries Slam NYC’s E-Cigarette Plans

UPDATE2 3:02 p.m. with comments from Thomas Kiklas, co-founder of The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA) UPDATE 2:39 p.m.: Includes comments from Greg Conley, Legislative Director for Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) Leaked drafts of three New York City tobacco bills show an e-cigarette ban could be on the horizon. It’s no

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What Your Cigar Customers Want

Whether it’s flavored products or low-cost brands, OTP customers remain among the most loyal in the store. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. How much is too much is a fundamental question in retailing, and all the more so when it comes to cigars. With so many new products, flavors and line extensions to choose from,

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Flavored Electronic Hookah

Designed to capitalize on the hottest trend—and one of the fastest growing segments—in the e-cigarette marketspace, Sapphyre Hookah is an exciting new line of flavored electronic hookah from ECO-CIGS.  With a rich metallic finish, Sapphyre Crystal tip and 600 puffs of zero-nicotine flavor, Sapphyre Hookah e-cigs appeal to a wide range of adult customers.  Sapphyre

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NATO Encourages Members To Oppose Tobacco Tax Increases

Proposal would raise the federal cigarette tax rate $1.95 per pack on cigarettes. During the month of August the National Association of Tobacco Outlets’ (NATO) legislative staff members are contacting NATO retail members about an opportunity for them to invite their U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to visit their corporate office or a retail store

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Swisher International Debuts Gold Strike Handmade Cigars

Royal Gold Cigars is launching  Gold Strike Handmade Cigars, marking the first cigar line introduced by the newly-formed premium cigar division of Swisher International. Gold Strike handmade cigars are the first of four lines to be introduced by Royal Gold Cigars in the next few months. With three cigars in each package, Gold Strike is

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LOGIC E-Cigs Secures Top 3 SKUs in U.S.

Premium e-cigarette brand holds nine of the top 14 SKUs for dollar sales per point distribution. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, has announced the results of Nielsen’s Item Rank Report indicating LOGIC is outperforming its competitors in the second quarter of 2013 for sales per point of distribution. Just six months after an

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Massachusetts Prepares For Tobacco Tax Hike

Retailers in the state will need to mark up cigarettes as of July 31, 2013 at least an additional 25 cents per pack due to the $1 per pack tax increase because the state minimum cigarette price law requires a 25% minimum retail mark up. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has issued a notice that

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Big Tobacco Pushes Back Against Bloomberg

City bills aim to snuff out cigarette sales. Mayor Bloomberg is once again pushing for new legislation that would ban the display of tobacco products, eliminate all tobacco product coupons and promotions, ban the sale of many individual cigars, and further increase cigarette prices. And once again, instead of focusing on the issues that matter

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Altria Announces Q2 Results, Expands Distribution of Marlboro NXT

In July 2013, PM USA expanded distribution of Marlboro NXT to an additional 23 states, primarily in the eastern U.S. Altria Group Inc. has announced its 2013 second-quarter and first-half business results, and revised its guidance for 2013 full-year reported and adjusted diluted EPS based on its performance for the first half of 2013 and

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FDA Seeks Public Input On Menthol in Cigarettes

Preliminary Scientific Evaluation of Menthol vs. Non-Menthol Cigarettes report issued. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking additional information to help the agency make informed decisions about menthol in cigarettes. “Menthol cigarettes raise critical public health questions,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA is

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e-Swisher Vapor Tour Hits the Road This Summer

Kicks off “Miami Weekend e-Scape” sweepstakes. e-Swisher takes its e-cigarettes and e-cigars on the road this summer visiting county fairs, outdoor festivals, rodeos and concerts throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida from July 27 through Sept. 28. The e-Swisher Vapor Tour will stop at key events where the e-Swisherettes will provide e-Swisher gear, coupons and samples

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CB Distributors Announces Concert Sponsorship

Concert goers can try samples of 21st Century Smoke. CB Distributors Inc., makers of 21st Century Smoke Electronic Cigarettes, announced last month its official sponsorship and participation in three concerts of the US99.5 Summer Concert Series in Chicago.   21st Century Smoke “Try Me” Samples will be offered to concert attendees who are ages 18

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Fortified E-Cigarettes

International Vapor Group (IVG), a manufacturer of top electronic cigarette brands recently launched NutriCigs, and is currently working with retailers and distributers. NutriCigs are a ground breaking new type of electronic cigarette: fortified e-cigarettes. They are disposable e-cigarettes, and each one is equal to about two packs of traditional cigarettes.  NutriCigs were designed to meet

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Fresh Without a Humidor

Altadis U.S.A. has introduced a great new way for retailers to sell, and adult cigar smokers to enjoy, three of America’s best premium cigar brands—without a humidor. Romeo y Julieta 1875, H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon and Saint Luis Rey are all now available in Robusto size in the company’s new Fresh Loc Singles packaging that

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Cig2o Black Label Disposable E-Cig

Kretek International Inc. is rolling out new Cig2o Black Label Premium Disposable e-cigarettes. The sleek new Black Label line offers an eye-catching designer black barrel and features dual LED lights.  Cig2o Black Label delivers all of the taste, smoothness and quality that have made Cig2o one of the top E-Cig brands in the country.  Cig2o

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Cigarillos Trial Offer

Swedish Match has announced that Game is launching of a new trial offer of two for 99-cent cigarillos. This limited time offer will give consumers the opportunity to purchase two Game natural leaf cigarillos packaged in the resealable FoilFresh pouch.  This launch will also include the debut of Game Red Cigarillos. Game Red has a

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E-Cigarettes and the Future

As the FDA pokes around electronic tobacco devices, experts predict the products will evolve considerably in the coming years. By Lou Maiellano. While in Las Vegas last month, attending the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) conference, I attended a number of informative presentations. One of these presentations was on the “Current State of the

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Providence R.I. Appeal Challenges Tobacco Ordinances

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled an oral argument for Monday, July 29, 2013 in Boston, regarding the appeal of a federal district court decision to uphold Providence, R.I. ordinances banning retailers from redeeming tobacco product coupons, prohibit multi-pack tobacco product discount pricing, and not allowing the sale of certain flavored tobacco products,

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