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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Wells Fargo Weighs in on RAI and Altria Financial Reports

RAI expected to build momentum with Newport, while Altria Marlboro momentum leads to record retail share. Altria Altria released impressive second quarter results, demonstrating its strong execution. The company reported adjusted diluted Q2 earnings per share (EPS) of 74 cents (up 13.8%), primarily driven by strong cigarette volume growth of +1% and solid pricing of

Wells Fargo Survey Sees Bright Future for Tobacco

The tobacco industry has seen recent growth, and that growth is expected to continue. A  tobacco survey, recently conducted by the Wells Fargo Securities, LLC Equity Research Department, shows combustible cigarette volume is up. The survey reached out to Wells Fargo’s industry trade contacts in order to identify trends in the cigarette, smokeless and other

San Diego Repeals Tobacco Advertising Restrictions

Laws against public advertisement of tobacco products in San Diego and have been repealed. A unanimous vote was taken by the San Diego City Council to repeal tobacco advertising restrictions. The restrictions were first adopted by the city in 1998, and in June of 2014 they spread to electronic cigarettes and nicotine e-liquid, according to the National Association of

Seizure Order Prevents Counterfeit Zig-Zag Sales

North Atlantic Trading Co. has zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeit products. Seizure orders have been successfully executed against merchants and wholesalers found selling counterfeit Zig-Zag cigarette paper products. The orders were executed by attorneys at Venable LLP in representation of North Atlantic Trading Co. (NATC). The seizure orders are part of North Atlantic’s strategy

Minneapolis to Restrict Flavored Tobacco Sales

Anti-smoking advocates make progress in Minneapolis as City Council approves the imposition of a flavored tobacco ban. Beginning in January 2016 flavored tobacco products will no longer be sold in many Minneapolis convenience stores. Minneapolis City Council has voted in favor of banning the sale of flavored tobacco products as lawmakers continue to search for ways

SFATA Comments On Pulled California Bill That Aimed To Regulate Vaping

California Senate Bill 140’s attempt to classify vapor products the same as combustible tobacco products, leads to its withdrawal. Sen. Mark Leno has withdrawn the legislation of Senate Bill 140 (SB 140) after the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee voted to adopt amendments that the author found objectionable. After the withdrawal of the legislation, the Smoke-Free

Smoking Banned In Seattle Parks

 Seattle is following in the footsteps of other major cities and banning the use of cigarettes in public parks. Following in the footsteps of over 1,000 cities in the U.S., Seattle has made it illegal to smoke in public parks. In May, Seattle’s Parks and Recreation officials voted to ban smoking in each of Seattle’s

ACID Cigarillos

Swisher International and Drew Estate have introduced ACID Premium Cigarillos. The ACID Cigar experience, famous among cigar lovers, is now available in a premium infused cigarillo. ACID Premium Cigarillos contain the legendary ACID sweetness and aroma for a one-of-a-kind smoking experience and are available in three unique expressions: Blue, Red and Green. The Mellow ACID […]

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Unique Vape Juices

Joy Flavor has introduced a colorful new line of Vape juices. This new line features a unique collection of bouquets that will flavor the Vape experience. Joy Flavor E-juice products have created an adventurous array of Vape flavor choices, featuring both natural tobacco juice tasters, as well as a line of bold fruit, and berry […]

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Eye-Catching Displays

Tasty Puff has introduced 48-pack displays. Tasty Puff, “The Grand Daddy of Flavor,” has made it possible for convenience stores to place the perfect flavor and quality easily on their counter tops or shelves with its new 48-pack displays. These eye-catching displays are available in six themes: Cigarillos, Happy Hour, Ice, Java Shop, Tobacco Road […]

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FDA Desires Public Input on Proposed Regulations

FDA considers applying regulations to liquid nicotine and other tobacco products. Although the topic is still up for debate, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concerns about liquid nicotine exposure, especially to children and infants. The FDA has researched the effects of accidental nicotine exposure, but they are looking for more information. According to

Flavored Tobacco Could See Tax Increase in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Senate looks to raise flavored cigar tax in an effort to limit youth tobacco use. According to a report by The Boston Globe, the Senate of Massachusetts is pressing to increase the tax on flavored cigars, flavored smoking tobacco and flavored “blunt wraps” from 40% to a whopping 210%, in an attempt to reduce

D.C. Vaping Tax is Bad Health Policy

By Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association. Washington, D.C. is among the most Uber-friendly cities in the U.S., with both taxis and ride-sharing services providing District commuters safe and effective ways to get from point A to point B. Though it took time and a passionate debate, consumer choice prevailed. The city’s embrace

Cigarette Paper Display

Republic Tobacco L.P., the nation’s largest RYO/MYO distributor has introduced limited-edition art deco style collectible tins. Visual impact has been taken to a bright new level with the JOB Cigarette Paper design. Measuring seven-inche wide x 7.25-inches high, the tin has a footprint that easily fits on the counter or a shelf. Tins will stand […]

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Hawaii Becomes First State to Raise Tobacco Sale Age to 21

Increasing the age limit for purchasing tobacco products is expected to help reduce teen smoking. Hawaii has become the first state to raise the tobacco sale age to 21, but with the precedent now set, other states are expected to follow suit. Hawaii anticipates that this change will reduce smoking among young people which will,

Very Berry Cigarillos

Just in time for summer, White Owl has introduced another fresh seasonal offering that is guaranteed to excite consumers, White Owl Very Berry. The White Owl quality cigarillos are bursting with berry flavor and are sure to be a consumer favorite this summer. This seasonal offering’s unique flavor and eye catching packaging will be available […]

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RAI Completes Lorillard Acquisition

Reynolds American Inc. CEO says the transaction supports RAI’s efforts to lead the transformation of the tobacco industry.  Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) has completed its acquisition of Lorillard Inc. and related divestiture transactions, effective June 12. With the acquisition finished, Lorillard is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of RAI, and former Lorillard shareholders now own approximately

Don’t Label E-Cigarettes Just Yet

Not unlike killers of spiders, anti-smoke groups and some lawmakers are moving quickly to stomp out e-cigarettes without really knowing what effect the act will have. By Jim Calvin, President, New York Association of Convenience Stores Some people have responded to the emergence of e-cigarettes the way they might react to seeing a spider on

Tobacco’s Future Muddy for Merchants

In more ways than one, tobacco’s pie is shrinking. The net result for convenience stores could cut either way. By Carl V. Phillips, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association The future is bright for tobacco consumers. Sure there’ll be some bumps along the way as tobacco control dead-enders fight their desperate

2015 Legislative and FDA Regulatory Update

Of all the different tobacco legislative bills introduced this year, two themes have emerged: increased tobacco taxation and greater scrutiny of electronic cigarettes. Both issues will shape the tobacco offering at convenience stores for years to come. Tom Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) sat down with Convenience Store Decisions

Tobacco Category Update

Industry experts sketch out why the tobacco category is as robust as ever. By Mary Szarmach, NATO President The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) Show held in Las Vegas this past April was an ideal place for retailers to learn about market trends on all tobacco product categories. I had the opportunity to personally

Website To Help Canadian C-Stores Fight Contraband Tobacco

Now convenience store retailers in Canada can report illegal cigarette dealers confidentially and online. Canadian c-stores are fighting back against illegal cigarette dealers with help from a new Website launched by the Western Convenience Store Association (WCSA). WCSA is encouraging convenience store retailers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada to use the Website

Exploring Tobacco’s Future

As cigarette sales drag, OTP segments are filling the gap. For real momentum, however, e-cigs are breaking away from the pack. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Except for automobiles, processed food and banking perhaps, few U.S. industries have encountered the vast market influences that tobacco has. In the past century, the tobacco industry has been

Don’t Blow Off Cigarettes

Cigarette sales have been steadily declining, but the category is too big to ignore and too lucrative to disappear any time soon. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Since cigarettes sales have been slowly falling the last few years, convenience retailers have invested in foodservice and other ventures to help balance in-store revenue—which seems a wise