R.J. Reynolds Debuts New Website

Content to reflect the company’s strategic framework around tobacco harm reduction, commercial integrity and youth tobacco prevention. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s non-corporate Website intended to educate wholesalers and retailers on tobacco tax issues, www.nocigtax.com, has officially been transformed.  The new website will be named http://www.transformtobacco.com/. In addition to the name change, the structure and content


Swisher International Launches New Premium Cigar Division

Hires industry veteran, Alex Goldman. Swisher International has announced that Alex Goldman has joined the company as president of Royal Gold Cigars, a new premium cigar division. Goldman’s tenure began on Jan. 2, 2013, to spearhead the division specifically created to build upon his extensive industry experience. “Alex’s leadership of House of Oxford/Mom’s Cigars as

Oregon Proposes Prescriptions For Cigarettes

A new bill in the Oregon Legislature would mark nicotine as a controlled substance. Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) has filed a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would group nicotine in the same category as ketamine, making it illegal to possess the addictive substance without a doctor’s note, Willamete Week (WW) reported. House Bill 2077

Legislative Update on Cigarette Graphic Warning Labels

Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), discussed the future of cigarette retailing in convenience stores. By John Lofstock, Editor. While cigarettes have long been a staple at U.S. convenience stores, accounting for millions in pack and cartons sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket, it remains

West Springfield, Mass. Considers E-Cig Ban

Ordinance would ban e-cigs but allow traditional cigarettes. An article in the Springfield Republican has reported that the West Springfield, Mass. Board of Health is considering a regulation that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes in the town. However, unlike laws in other cities, which ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, this proposal

White Owl and Game Introduce FoilFresh Gold Cigarillos

Each cigarillo is filled with finely blended tobaccos and covered with slow burning, smooth Gold wrappers.  White Owl and Game by Garcia y Vega have announced the latest innovation in cigarillos, FoilFresh Gold!  Cigarillo lovers will strike gold with this new 24k smoking experience. Small HTL cigarillo is the largest segment in the cigar category

Smoking Cessation Sales Hit $1 Billion

More Americans vow to quit in 2013, reports Mintel. New Years resolutions are sure to include “quit smoking” this year, and there are plenty of smoking cessation products on hand to help Americans quit, and according to a new report from Mintel on smoking cessation aids, people are expected to use them. Sales of smoking

OCSA Applauds Support from Vaughan City Council

“We will continue to work with all municipalities that join the critical fight against contraband tobacco,” says OCSA CEO. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the support of the Vaughan City Council, in passing a motion against contraband tobacco at their meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The motion requests that City

Court: Flavor and Promotion Bans To Stay

The plaintiffs argued that the ordinances resulted in an infringement of the First Amendment protection of commercial speech. Several tobacco associations and manufacturers that sought to overturn two Providence, R.I.  ordinances with a lawsuit brought before Federal District Court Judge Mary Lisi, lost their battle this week as the judge ruled in favor of the

FDA’s Request For Graphic Label Rehearing Denied

Now the FDA must decide whether to file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to accept the case for a hearing. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has denied the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s petition that the full panel of District of Columbia Circuit Court

Smokeless Sales are Surging

Innovations and competitive pricing are pushing the popularity of moist smokeless tobacco. By John Lofstock, Editor. With cigarette smokers in flux—some sticking to favorite brands, others trading down or trying e-cigarettes and some transitioning to smokeless products—opportunities for c-stores abound. Industry insiders are looking for increased moist smokeless tobacco (MST) usage and concomitant rise in

Cumberland Farms, NJOY Partner

NJOY products are now available at all Cumberland Farms stores; NJOY Kings available in December 2012. Cumberland Farms, a convenience store chain with locations throughout the Northeast and Florida, and e-cig company NJOY have announced a distribution partnership. The partnership includes chain-wide distribution of NJOY’s newest electronic cigarette, the NJOY Kings, to the nearly 600

Study Examines Ways To Prevent Teen Smoking

Researchers “found no support that banning tobacco ads throughout the store would discourage kids from trying to purchase cigarettes,” according to the study’s author. U.S. teens are much less likely to buy cigarettes if they are hidden from view, new research suggests. The study tracked the purchases of a group of adolescents as they “shopped”

Red Buck Soft Tip Cigars

Tantus Tobacco, a company dedicated to bringing high-quality, value-priced filtered cigars, tipped cigars,  cigarettes and pipe tobacco to the market, has added Red Buck Soft Tip (ST) Cigars to its product line. Four flavors are available in 10 count packs: Full Flavor, Menthol, Cherry and Blueberry. For More Information From Tantus Tobacco www.tantustobacco.com

Sheetz Inc. Partners With NJOY

NJOY Kings to be available at all Sheetz stores November 2012. Sheetz Inc. has entered into a distribution partnership with e-cigarette company NJOY. Beginning mid-November 2012, the partnership includes chain-wide distribution of NJOY’s newest electronic cigarette, the NJOY Kings, throughout the more than 430 Sheetz retail locations. “At Sheetz, there is a clear focus on

Recycling Program For Cigarette Waste Launches

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco And TerraCycle team to help the environment. Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. has teamed up with TerraCycle, a world leader in developing solutions for hard-to-recycle materials, to do something about cigarette butt litter. According to Keep America Beautiful (KAB), 65% of all cigarette butts are disposed of improperly. But thanks to

Serving Cigar Smokers

Little cigars are gaining a loyal following with older demographics based on affordability. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Consumption of little cigars, which have lower taxes and fewer marketing restrictions than cigarettes, has increased dramatically over the past three years. And while convenience store retailers can apply the usual merchandising techniques to them, an in-depth

Pan-Oston Delivers Custom-Designed Merchandisers

“Pan-Oston’s collection of planning tools and functional capabilities help ensure delivery of our client’s vision and quality requirements on time and within budget,” says president of Pan-Oston. Pan-Oston, a provider of custom and integrated retail planning and merchandising solutions, has taken just-in-time design, manufacturing and logistics to an entirely new level. Earlier this year, Pan-Oston

The Logical Choice for E-Cigarettes

LOGIC Technologies is pushing the limits of electronic tobacco with new varieties and patented technology. LOGIC Technologies is a clear leader in disposable electronic cigarettes. It’s a battery-powered device that provides inhaled doses of nicotine or non-nicotine vaporized solution. LOGIC offers an alternative to smoking tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars or pipes. LOGIC products

Redefining The Rechargeable E-Cig Category

Logic Technology, the New Jersey-based electronic cigarette company best known for creating the disposable electronic cigarette market, has now changed the landscape once again, launching the all new Power Series Line in October. The all New Power Series Line features Logic’s all new rechargeable e-cig technology, which uses the state-of-the-art Power Series Battery to be

NJOY Joins We Card

Helps retailers prevent youth access to electronic cigarettes.  NJOY Electronic Cigarettes has become the first independent electronic cigarette company to support the nationally recognized We Card Program and join its Manufacturers Advisory Council.  The We Card program is widely accepted across the country as a premier sales training and education program working with retailers, trade

Cigar Taxes In Michigan Changing Effective Today

A retailer who is licensed as an Unclassified Acquirer in Michigan must posts a sign in the store informing purchasers of cigars through catalog or Internet of new tax requirements. Taxes on premium cigars are changing in Michigan, effective today, Nov. 1, the National Associate of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. Cigars that cost $1.5625 or

OCSA Fights Contraband Tobacco

Niagara area retailers and members of the OCSA expect to see a reduction of contraband products following recent commitments in the Ontario budget. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) announced that the Niagara Regional Council, passed a motion against contraband tobacco at a Council meeting held Thursday, Oct. 25th. The motion requested that the Regional

JTI U.S.A. Names New Director of Portfolio, Brand & Trade Strategy

“I know Christopher will continue to challenge the status quo with clear strategies for growth and improvement of JTI U.S.A. brands,” says JTI U.S.A. general manager. JT International U.S.A. (JTI U.S.A.) has appointed Christopher Mitchell as director of the portfolio, brand & trade strategy pillar in the consumer & trade marketing department. In this role,

Shifting Smokers Spur Category Evolution

As more cigarette buyers switch to smokeless and electronic tobacco products, convenience store retailers juggle SKUs to drive profit.    By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Traditional cigarettes—once the mighty margin maker for retailers—continue to face a rocky road as the tobacco market shifts toward increasing consumer interest in moist smokeless, flavored cigars and electronic cigarettes.