Youth Cigarette Use is Trending Downward

Although youth cigarette smoking rates are down, overall nicotine use has increased among teens.  A recent study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), has revealed that U.S. high school students are now smoking fewer cigarettes than ever in the survey’s history. However, despite this

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RYO Faces the Future

Roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco isn’t immune to regulatory policy, but still has the equilibrium to remain a solid industry player. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco remains a segment in flux, tied as it is to such diverse factors as the health of the economy, the price of gasoline and stiffening federal and state

Stirring Up E-Cig Sales

Could the e-cigarette segment rebound now that federal regulations are finalized? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor On May 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its deeming regulations, concluding that e-cigarettes fall within the same purview as other regulated tobacco products. Also of note, recent research results out of the United Kingdom

New Legislation May Remove Tobacco Products from California C-Stores

Pending the approval of new legislation, California residents may soon be required to visit tobacco shops in order to purchase tobacco products. A new bill that will remove tobacco products from grocery and convenience stores is now one step closer to approval, as it has officially received Senate approval. According to a report from Central Valley

FDA’s Deeming Regs and What You Should Know

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized final deeming rules that pertain to other tobacco products—most which are important contributors to convenience store sales. Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), answered questions about specifics that c-stores should be aware of. By Dave Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience Store Decisions

Retailers Have Critical Role

The final rule sets the foundation for the FDA’s science-based regulation of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. And retailers have an important role in keeping tobacco products out of the hands of children. By Mitch Zeller Tobacco retailers have played a critical role, under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act),

E-Cigarettes Come Under Scrutiny

Though the FDA finalized the rule extending its regulatory authority over electronic cigarettes, many questions still remain. By Anne Flint As a long time buyer of tobacco products, Cumberland Farms finds the current state of electronic cigarettes to be very unsettling. This has been an important segment for us that has enhanced category margins and

White House Thwarts FDA’s Attempts to Restrict Flavored Tobacco Froducts

Language that would have significantly limited the availability of flavored tobacco products in the near future has been removed from the FDA’s final rule. Attempts made by the FDA to remove flavored tobacco products from the market has been thwarted by a White House office that has removed language from the FDA’s recently introduced tobacco

Tobacco Dollar Sales Remain Strong

Tobacco dollar sales remain strong, while actual volume sales are declining. The tobacco industry remains in a difficult position as smoking rates among Americans continues to fluctuate. In order to combat declines in volume sales, most tobacco distributors are relying on strong pricing to maintain strong dollar sales in the category. Cigarette Dollar Sales Driven

Adult Smoking Rates Decline

A number of different factors have led to a decline in smoking rates among adults. Smoking rates among adults have declined rapidly over the past year. According to a report from ABC News, the CDC has reported that the smoking rate among adults fell to a mere 15% last year, down from approximately 17% in

Philip Morris USA Announces List Price Increase on Cigarette Brands

Price increases are expected across the tobacco industry in the coming weeks. A recent list price increase by one of the tobacco industry giants has set the stage for other companies to follow suit. These price increases are expected to be good news for the industry. A new report from Wells Fargo reported that Philip

VMR Products Comments On FDA Deeming Rules

VMR Products declares portions of FDA’s recent decision regarding electronic cigarette regulations to be common sense, but the company has some qualms with the regulatory process. On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the decision to extend federal regulatory control to electronic cigarettes. In response the decision from the FDA, Jan

The European Court Justice Upholds Tobacco Products Directive

The ECJ has ruled against the industry’s challenge of the 2014 tobacco directive. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled against the tobacco industry’s challenge to the 2014 tobacco directive. The directive is being upheld in its entirety. According to Wells Fargo, the directive effectively bans menthol cigarettes, requires health warnings to cover at

FDA Institutes New E-Cig Regulations

The federal ruling extends the FDA’s authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco. By CSD Staff Convenience retailers that have waited for federal decision makers to take a firm position on the regulation of electronic cigarettes don’t have to wait any longer. In a press conference this morning, Health

FDA Deeming Rules Could Stifle Innovation

The costly and time-consuming requirements will be burdensome for many small manufacturers. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on FDA’s Thursday, May 5, announcement on the final ruling on electronic cigarettes and vapor regulation, which provides a framework for the FDA to regulate previously “undeemed” tobacco products, including e-cigs/vapor products and cigars in the U.S., and

The State of the Tobacco Industry

At the close of the recent quarter, the tobacco industry remained in a favorable position. Despite the rise in health-conscious consumers, recent data from the recent four-week period ending April 23, 2016 has revealed that the tobacco market remains strong as a whole. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed the driver of growth

Eversmoke Brand Dissolves into VaporFi

In response to the evolving needs of customers of the vaping industry, the International Vapor Group has chosen to combine two of its electronic cigarette lines. International Vapor Group Inc. has announced that Eversmoke, one of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, will be transitioning to the VaporFi brand. “We’re very excited about the shift in the

The Cigarette Store Corp. Acquires Tobacco Depot

The country’s largest retail tobacco store operator looks to expand its footprint into the Florida market. The Cigarette Store Corp. (TCSC), owner and operator of Smoker Friendly retail stores, has finalized its acquisition of Tobacco Depot. The acquisition includes the company, along with Tobacco Depot’s 13 stores in and around Tampa, Fla. Smoker Friendly will

Cigars & Cigarillos Market Expands

Increased variety and increased consumer diversity are among the factors driving the cigars and cigarillos industry. The new “Global Market Study on Cigars & Cigarillos” from Persistence Market Research has revealed that the cigars and cigarillos market is poised for significant growth in the coming years. The report estimated that the market was valued at

Wells Fargo Shares NATO Show Takeaways

After a panel discussion featuring FDA Director Zeller, Wells Fargo notes its perceptions of where regulations are headed. Wells Fargo Securities LLC weighed in on highlights from the National Association of Tobacco Outlet (NATO) Show in Las Vegas last week where Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, presented on a panel.

Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Lately, I have been looking for new ideas regarding analyzing the millions of records we have accumulated over the past 13 years. You can find yourself lost in analysis if you are not careful. However, there is something about it that intrigues me. Assumptions have the propensity of becoming

House Appropriations Committee Amends Tobacco Control Act

The predicate date established in the Tobacco Control Act has been changed. The tobacco industry is celebrating as the House Appropriations Committee has passed an amendment to change the predicate date for the Tobacco Control Act. According to a report from the Cigar Association of America Inc., the predicate date, which was previously set at

Vaping Saved By House Vote

House Appropriations Committee passes amendment to stop the FDA from banning most vapor products. The vaping industry is rejoicing after the House Appropriations Committee, on April 19, voted in favor of an amendment to the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would modernize the predicate date for vapor products and stop the FDA from banning

FDA Educates on Smokeless Tobacco

The FDA is collaborating with Minor League Baseball to educate at risk teens about the health detriments that can result from smokeless tobacco use. Alterations have been made to “The Real Cost” campaign from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an attempt to reach a wider audience. “The Real Cost” campaign is now

Tobacco-Free Citrus-Flavored Snuff

Smokey Mountain Chew Inc. has announced the addition of new Citrus flavor to its line of line of Herbal Snuff products. Smokey Mountain is America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand. The Smokey Mountain brand has shown tremendous growth over the past five years. Because of that, creating a diverse flavor portfolio to reach the […]

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