Cigars Still Burn Brightly

Despite changes in tobacco regulations, convenience stores continue to cash in on this popular consumer product.     By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor For convenience stores, tobacco products remain the top sales driver despite significant alterations and protective measures tacked on to national, state and local regulations. While cigarettes have almost always been the target of

New Cigar Packaging

Drew Estate has introduced packaging updates to its ACID Kuba Kuba, ACID G-Fresh and ACID Krush Classic Cigars. The packaging update includes the following: ACID Kuba Kuba (5 x 54) packaged in “G-Fresh 2.0; ”ACID Krush Classic Blue Connecticut (4 x 32) packaged in 10-count tins; ACID Krush Classic Gold Sumatra (4 x 32) packaged […]

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FDA Issues Fliers to Help Retailers Comply with Deeming Regulations

New fliers from the FDA provide guidelines at-a-glance to retailers who sell tobacco products. The new tobacco deeming regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) go into effect on Mon., Aug. 8, 2016. NATO has annouinced that, with the approach of the new rules, the FDA has released four new fliers to assist retailers

Tobacco Categories See Gains

E-cigs up 11.7%, cigarettes up 1.2% and smokeless up 4.8%. Cigarette dollar sales were up 1.2% for the recent four-week period ending Jul 16, 2016, driving by improved volume trends and continued solid pricing (up 3.2%), according to Wells Fargo LLC. Prices were up 1.4% for 12 weeks and 2.4% for 52 weeks. The industry

Drew Estate Launches ACID Tour in U.S.

Drew Estate is celebrating ACID’s expansion into new markets with the LOUNGE’N with ACID Tour. Drew Estate has announced that it will soon be launching the LOUNGE’N with ACID Tour in the U.S. Along with the launch of the tour, the company will introduce packaging updates to a variety of ACID cigars. Drew Estate will

Japan Tobacco Introduces Inexpensive Cigarette Brand to U.S.

Japan Tobacco will spark competition in the U.S. tobacco market with its new discount cigarette brand. Japan Tobacco Inc. is working to quietly enter the lucrative U.S. tobacco industry by offering its own discount line of cigarettes. According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, Japan Tobacco’s line of LD cigarettes are now

Suit Filed Against FDA’s Deeming Regulations

The country’s tobacco associations have filed nine counts against the FDA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. On Friday, July 15, 2016, the country’s three major cigar and tobacco industry associations filed suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new tobacco deeming rule. The Cigar Association of America, International Premium Cigar

Chilling Cigarillos

Swisher International has announced the release of new Swisher Sweets Arctic Ice limited edition cigarillos, which provide a frosty blast of ice mint. Now available for shipment to stores nationwide, Swisher Sweets Arctic Ice comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. Arctic Ice is now available in “two for 99 cents”and […]

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Pennsylvania Tobacco Tax Excludes Cigars

The cigar industry is celebrating its victory in Pennsylvania. New legislation levying a tax on a number of tobacco products has been passed by the Pennsylvania Assembly. According to a report from the Cigar Association of America, the historic tax increase, which amounts to $1.2 billion and includes over $500 million in new tobacco taxes

Nicopure Calls New FDA Tobacco Deeming Regulations Unconstitutional

Nicopure has requested that the FDA’s Deeming Rule be declared unconstitutional by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. On Tues., July 12, Nicopure Labs LLC filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in regards to the FDA’s Deeming Rule. This filing is the

Stay Fresh Cigars

Swisher International, in collaboration with Drew Estate, has now reintroduced ACID G-Fresh Cigars. The G-Fresh Cigars come in innovative G-Fresh foil pouches, which ensure longer-lasting shelf life and promise consistent product quality for each individually-packaged cigar. In addition to the updated and improved packaging, ACID G-Fresh will also feature new blends only available in the […]

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E-Liquid Maker Withdraws Application

California-based Cali Co-Packing LLC said that it has decided to withdraw its application from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. By CSD Staff Indiana is back to having just six approved e-liquid manufacturers to serve the state’s vaping industry. California-based Cali Co-Packing LLC said it has decided to withdraw its application from the Indiana Alcohol

Security Firm Might Not Meet Indiana’s New E-Liquid Law

The security firm rules have been at the center of the debate surrounding the new vaping laws. Critics, including local and national e-liquid manufacturers, say the laws approved by the Indiana General Assembly this year and last year, which require manufacturers to sign a five-year agreement with a qualified security firm. By CSD Staff The

NATO, Pipe Tobacco Council and IPCPR Request Formal Analysis of New Deeming Regulations

The FDA reportedly failed to perform a mandatory regulatory analysis of the new deeming regulations. A formal request from NATO, the Pipe Tobacco Council and the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) has been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Tobacco Products. NATO reported that the request letter

Chicago Enforces Tobacco Purchase Age Increase

By the end of the week, no one under 21 will be able to purchase tobacco products in Chicago. Beginning Friday, July 1, 2016, Chicago will require consumers to be 21 years of age, or older, to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. According to a report from the Chicagoist, this new law was passed

Summer Twist

The favorite summer cigarillo, Swisher Sweets Summer Twist, is back again. This sweet lemon-mango taste will only be around for a limited time during the summer months. Now available for shipment to stores, Swisher Sweets Summer Twist comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. Summer Twist will be available in “two […]

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Why Do Adult E-Cigarette Users Vape?

V2 reveals why U.S. adults are choosing to vape. A recent commissioned study from V2 has revealed the reasons behind why adult e-cigarette users “vape.” The study polled 300 U.S. adult e-cigarette users online from from May 11-12, 2016. When asked to identify the reasons they choose to use electronic cigarettes: Two-thirds (62%) said they

Attempt to Limit Tobacco Sales to Adult-Only Stores in California Thwarted

The California House of Representatives shot down Senate Bill 1400, without hesitation. On Tues., June 28, 2016, the California House of Representatives rejected a recently introduced anti-tobacco industry measure. The legislation, SB 1400, would have prohibited the sale of tobacco products at most retail locations in California including grocery and convenience stores. Under this bill,

Are Americans Shifting Back to Combustible Tobacco Products?

Decreased growth rates in the smokeless tobacco category may indicate a shift back to combustible tobacco products. The tobacco industry has recorded marked increases in cigarette dollar sales, which are being driven by both volume improvements and price increases. However, while cigarettes are performing well of late, other categories are recording dollar sales declines. A

New Orleans Themed Cigarillos

Goodies Cigarillos, a Swisher International brand, has introduced four truly original New Orleans-inspired tastes. Now available in singles and two-count, resealable foil pouches, Goodies 504 New Orleans Edition cigarillos include the new Natural Leaf, Chocolate Amaretto, Praline and Strawberry Daiquiri flavors. Goodies 504 are natural leaf, premium cigarillos made with an artful blend of imported […]

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Vaping Organizations File Lawsuit Against FDA Deeming Regulations

Vaping organizations and trade associations have filed numerous claims against the FDA’s new tobacco deeming regulations. After the recent release of the final tobacco deeming regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a great deal of controversy has arisen among vaping organizations and trade associations. In fact, according to a report from NATO,

Portland Raises Minimum Age for Purchase of Tobacco Products

A petition signed by convenience store owners was not enough to thwart the Portland City Council’s efforts to increase the city’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products. A unanimous vote by the Portland City Council has made Portland the first city in Maine to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to

Indiana Vapor Producers Met with Stringent New Law

A new law being adopted in Indiana may force a number of e-liquid producers to leave the state or go out of business. A new bill that has been adopted in Indiana may significantly reduce the number of stores selling vape in the state. According to a recent report from The Indy Star, stated that

Cigars in the Light

For convenience stores that count on margins from cigar sales, the FDA recently introduced uncertainty into the mix. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The ongoing legislative assault on tobacco products continues, leaving c-store operators with unanswered questions about the future of their tobacco sets, including cigars. The latest is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s

Vape Rules Released — Now What?

After much anticipation, the FDA has released deeming regulations that will change how the vapor industry does business from now on. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its draft of proposed regulations of various tobacco products that previously were not covered by the Family Smoking