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Altria To Debut Electronic Cigarette

Altria Group Inc., the largest seller of tobacco in the U.S., is getting into the e-cig business. The company announced that its subsidiary Nu Mark is planning to introduce an electronic cigarette in the second half of 2013, Bloomberg reported. The electronic cigarette will be sold in an undisclosed market. As demand traditional cigarette sales

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V2 Cigs and National Tobacco Co. Announce Partnership

NTC and V2 Cigs expect to expand distribution to no less than 30,000 additional retail locations this year alone. V2 Cigs, America’s largest volume online retailer of electronic cigarettes, announced today a strategic partnership with National Tobacco Co. (NTC), distributor of the iconic Zig-Zag and Beech-Nut brands. The two companies have joined forces in the

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Altadis Sells Pipe Tobacco Division

Mac Baren Tobacco Co. to acquire Pipe Tobacco Division of Altadis USA.   Mac Baren Tobacco Co., a 125-year-old pipe tobacco company based in Denmark, has reached an agreement with Altadis USA to purchase the company’s pipe tobacco division located in Richmond, Va.   The acquired pipe business will operate under its original name, Sutliff

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Dealing with the Transforming Tobacco Industry

R.J. Reynolds launches TransformTobacco.com to help retailers get more active in tobacco legislation. Convenience store retailers and tobacco wholesalers have long known about the impact of higher cigarette excise taxes. But as the industry changes, so do the risks of individual rights. In addition to fighting higher cigarette taxes, retailers and wholesalers have a litany

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NATO Slams Federal Tax Increase Proposal

Tobacco group says largest federal cigarette and tobacco tax increase in history “will impact retailers, jobs and low-income Americans.” President Obama’s proposal to impose the largest increase in the federal cigarette tax in the history of the country to fund preschool programs is unfair and ironic, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) said in

The Future of E-Cigarettes

LOGIC Technology CEO Eli Alelov discuss the possible impact of government regulations on electronic cigarettes on Fox News. By John Lofstock, Editor Hailed by many as an emerging threat to the tobacco cigarette industry, electronic cigarettes have provided smokers with an alternative to traditional tobacco-based smoking. These battery-operated devices simulate the experience of traditional cigarette

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Federal Budget Sees Cigarette/OTP Tax Increases Ahead

Amount of proposed tobacco taxation increases are not yet known. President Obama plans to propose a budget this week that would raise the federal cigarette and tobacco taxation rates to help fund an expansion of free pre-kindergarten education nationwide, the New York Times reported. The amount of the proposed federal cigarette and tobacco taxation increases

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Smokeless Tobacco Snuffs Out The Competition

Surging demand and the ongoing assault on cigarettes have MST positioned for a profitable 2013. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The smokeless tobacco category showed strong growth in 2012, with help from promotions and a growing customer interest in alternative tobacco products to supplement their smoking habits. Manufacturers are capitalizing on the strong sales demand

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Defend Against Odor

Smokersrule sanitizing spray is the latest defense product in the battle against smokers. The third-hand smoke movement (the smell) is gaining traction in the workplace and smokers need to be ready. Smokersrule is an atomizing spray pen that is discrete, that easily fits in your pocket and eliminates the cigarette odors on you and your

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E-Cigarette Use Surging

Hailed by many as an emerging threat to the tobacco cigarette industry, electronic cigarettes have provided smokers with an alternative to traditional tobacco-based smoking. These battery-operated devices simulate the experience of traditional cigarette smoking by supplying the user with a nicotine delivery system, the appearance of smoke upon exhalation and the hand to mouth familiarity

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Smokeless Stays Strong and Steady

The smokeless tobacco category provided another solid year for convenience stores in 2012, and all signs indicate that 2013 should remain just as strong.According to SymphonyIRI, total smokeless sales in U.S. convenience stores for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 31, 2012 totaled $4.82 billion, a firm 5.61% increase over 2011. Units sold also jumped 3.39%

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Lighters Anchor Tobacco Accessories

While electronic cigarettes and moist smokeless tobacco showed strong growth in 2012, tobacco accessories—lighters specifically—also experienced appreciable sales gains. For the 52 weeks ended Dec. 31, 2012, lighter sales in U.S. convenience stores increased 3.18% to $520 million, according to SymphonyIRI. Unit sales decreased slightly 0.33% to 366 million. The average price of a lighter

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Packaging and Flavor Drive Cigars

Cigar sales are holding steady despite increased taxation across many states, thanks to cheaper price points and innovative flavors. Overall, for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 31, 2012, SymphonyIRI reported that cigar sales in convenience stores slipped a modest 3.16% to $2.41 billion. Unit sales were down just 0.84% indicating that increased taxes are eroding

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Cigarettes Remain Dominant in C-Stores

Cigarettes have long been a staple at U.S. convenience stores, accounting for billions in pack and carton sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket. For 2012, total cigarette sales in convenience stores totaled more than $52 billion, down a slight 1.68%. Units sold slipped 2.05% to 8.75 billion. While sales may

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Taking Back the RYO Business

It has been a wild 12 months for the roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco segment, but the good news for convenience store retailers is that legislation passed in 2012 will actually help the industry hold onto to its RYO market share. In the wake of the 2009 shift in tax rates, pipe tobacco is taxed at a

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Side-Open Pouch Design

Optimo Cigarillos are now easier to remove from the pouch. Engineers at Swisher International have completely redesigned the cigar pouch with an industry-first, side-open pouch design. Simply use the easy-tear notch to open the foil package length-wise versus at the top or bottom. The new foil pouch locks in the freshness to ensure every cigar

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Captain Black Cigarillos

Scandinavian Tobacco Group presents Captain Black Cigarillos. These aromatic cigarillos are packed with exciting flavors that are consistent throughout the entire smoking experience. Captain Black Cigarillos are packaged in a contemporary design that is as “cool” as the consumers that will smoke them. The cigarillos are available in a three-pack foil pouch and singles. Captain

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Honey Berry Singles

The Backwoods brand of all-natural tobacco cigars is introducing what is expected to be another winner for adult tobacco consumers and retailers alike: Backwoods Honey Berry Singles. The offering, launched in c-stores in January, features convenience, freshness and all-natural tobacco. “It is the most successful natural wrapper cigar introduced in the last 30 years,” according

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New Washington Pipe Tobacco

Republic Tobacco has introduced Washington Pipe Tobacco. Available in Regular, Menthol and Gold medium and large bags, the new blend is a flavorful combination of premium tobaccos with a smooth, mellow taste. With Washington, retailers can satisfy the demand for a great pipe tobacco at a revolutionary low price.  This winning combination will provide consumers

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Former U.S. Surgeon General Joins NJOY

Dr. Richard Carmona joins NJOY’s Board of Directors. NJOY has announced that Dr. Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, has been appointed a member of NJOY’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee. Carmona was nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate as the 17th

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FDA Will Not Appeal Decision On Cigarette Graphic Warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services do not plan to appeal a District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued last August that invalidated the FDA’s graphic cigarette health warnings, the National Association for Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported.   The news came via

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Bloomberg Proposes Cigarette Display Ban

Tom Briant, executive director and legal counsel for the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), told CSD that New York City’s proposal “infringes on a retailer’s free-speech rights.” Just a week after his soft drink ban failed, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has embarked on a new proposal to ban cigarettes and tobacco from

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Dressed To Stand Out

Wave Collection aims to diversify the discount cigarette category and satisfy adult customers with its rich, smooth flavor and stylish packs. Wave Collection’s design is a new addition to the brand family and will be available in California, Louisiana, and Kentucky during the second quarter 2013. Collection complements the brand’s premium quality American blend tobacco.

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NATO Provides Tobacco Tax Legislation Update

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets has released an update on state tobacco legislation, including the introduction of new legislative bills since Feb. 25, 2013 that seek to increase or decrease cigarette and/or tobacco tax rates.  The update did not include unofficial media announcements that various state governors may propose to raise cigarette and/or tobacco

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Kretek Grows OTP Segment

Imports three authentic Swedish snus brands. Kretek International Inc. has announced its entry into the North American snus market with three Swedish brands, each with its own unique taste profile and style.  Each brand is extra-fine cut and shelf-stable in pouched and loose forms.  The three brands are THUNDER Xtreme, a premium brand in four

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