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CAA: No Fast Movement Expected on Rockefeller CHIP Bill

Unlikely that CHIP bill will pass in 2014, CAA says. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced yesterday the Children’s Health Care Insurance Program Extension Act of 2014, a bill that would extend CHIP through 2019, The Cigar Association of America (CAA) reported. CAA has been preparing for CHIP legislation, and noted it does not believe Rockefeller’s

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Smokeless Sales Stay Strong

Smokeless tobacco remains a robust category amid growing e-cigarette performers. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As sales continue to lead the other-tobacco-products (OTP) category ahead of cigars and e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco represents a major opportunity for convenience stores going forward. With cigarette volume declining in c-stores and vape shops stealing business with electronic nicotine devices,

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Training Key to Boosting Accessory Sales

Though the category offers high margins and caters to loyal customers, tobacco accessories often go unnoticed by store employees. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Lighters, rolling papers and e-cigarette accessories offer convenience stores the opportunity to upsell customers at the counter. Unfortunately, the large majority of convenience store employees get little to no training when

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Put A Twist In Your Summer

Swisher Sweets continues its limited edition cigarillo line with Swisher Sweets Summer Twist. Don’t miss out on this sweet lemon-mango taste. Now shipping to stores Swisher Sweets Summer Twist comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. Summer Twist will be available in “2 for 99¢”and “Save on 2” options. This edition

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Studies Show E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

While detractors may declare otherwise, science is showing that e-cigs are a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products. By Gregory Conley, Research Fellow, Heartland Institute For years, advocates for smoke-free alternatives, such as electronic cigarettes and other e-vapor products, have known that these products are effective at helping smokers quit or dramatically reduce their cigarette

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Fighting for the E-Cigarette Industry

As the FDA aims to impact e-cigarette sales, industry entrepreneurs are collaborating with the understanding that there is more that unites them than divides them. By Cynthia Cabrera, Executive Director, SFATA For the past several years, vapor industry insiders and outsiders alike have opined on what the deeming regulations will mean for the industry, but

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Pep Rally or Pity Party?

The convenience store and tobacco industries need to respond to the FDA’s deeming regulations. By Lou Maiellano The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) on April 25 released its deeming regulations, asserting regulatory authority over a variety of tobacco products. Of course, most of the attention in the press and

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2014 Legislative and FDA Regulatory Update

NATO Executive Director Tom Briant provides insights and analysis on the latest tobacco legislative activity and FDA regulatory actions. By John Lofstock, Editor It has been another tough year for the tobacco industry as legislators at the local, state and federal levels have targeted both tax increases and new smoking regulations on all forms of

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Why The Electronic Cigarette is a Tobacco Product

The battle against the FDA has gone on for many years and it’s not over, especially with e-cigs at the forefront. By Thomas Kiklas, Co-Founder, TVECA Recently, the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA) was asked to participate at VapeWorld in Chicago. During a roundtable question and answer period there was great confusion as to

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Regulators Chew on Cigars

While federal officials weigh new standards for the tobacco industry, retailers hope cigar sales don’t go up in smoke. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a big step towards regulating other tobacco products (OTP), including cigars, by proposing to assert deeming regulations under the 2009 Family Smoking

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Medical Specialists Appeal To WHO On Tobacco Harm Reduction

Look to make tobacco harm reduction a higher priority through noncombustible nicotine delivery, including e-cig and vapor products. Last week, more than 50 leading scientists from 15 countries signed a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) to ask the WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan to reconsider the WHO’s intention to classify e-cigarettes essentially the

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Multi-Purpose Lighters

Scripto Officially-Licensed Multi-Purpose Lighters feature team logos and school colors, including for the Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, and Florida Gators, allowing fans to show their team spirit. Perfect for lighting grills, candles, campfires, and fireplaces. The lighters are available in a variety of display vehicles such as: floor displays, counter displays,

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Flavored E-Liquids

Currently, DuraSmoke manufactures more than 65 unique flavors of e-liquid, ranging from traditional tobacco and menthol fusions, to exotic fruit flavors and dessert tastes, as well as beverage variations and numerous custom blends. The company offers its products in five nicotine levels and two base liquid options.Based in Milwaukee, Wisc., DuraSmoke has been manufacturing purely

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Wells Fargo Puts RAI-LO Combination at 90% Likelihood

“Given the current market environment where both targets and acquirers are being rewarded, we continue to believe this will be a value creating transaction for both RAI and LO shareholders,” says Wells Fargo analyst. Based on news reports that came out the afternoon of May 21, noting that Reynolds American, Inc. (RAI) is in “active

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New E-Liquids For E-Vaporizers

Vapor Corp., a US-based electronic cigarette company with brands that include Krave, VaporX, Hookah Stix and Fifty-One, has launched of a new, premium line of e-liquids for electronic vaporizers and other e-vaping devices. Vapor Corp.’s new line is in direct response to the continuously growing e-cigarette / vaporizer industry nationwide. The new USA-made e-liquids are

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Chocolate Cigarillos

Swisher Sweets has introduced a smoother, rich chocolate blend for its Swisher Sweets Chocolate Cigarillos. Swisher Sweets Chocolate cigarillos are available in the popular resealable foil pouches and “5-for-3” packs. The two-count resealable pouches provide adult consumers with guaranteed fresh cigars. They are available in three popular price points: 99 cents, $1.49, and non-priced “Save

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Smoker Friendly Enters XO Corp. Locations

SF Private Label products to enter stores at the end of May. Smoker Friendly has signed a new Authorized Dealer to its SF Private Label Program. The new dealer is XO Corp., doing business as World Liquors, Xtra Mile, Jmart, Lakestop, and Gorilla Express. Shawn Choudry, owner of XO Corp., operates 12 locations in the

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NEwhere Financing Growth In Vapor, E-Cig Market With $4.7 Million

Financing agreement with Bibby Financial Services to help fund rapid national expansion. NEwhere Premium Vapor Products, a marketer and distributor of e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, e-liquids and rechargeable vaporizer products has announced that it has finalized a financing agreement with Bibby Financial Services Inc. of up to $4.7 Million. “The electronic vapor industry is a fast paced

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2014 Special Edition Lighters

BIC has announced several new and refreshed Special Edition Lighter Series that include eye-catching designs that are perfect for any of life’s occasions. New designs for 2014 include: The BIC Fashion Series Lighters, which feature 12 refreshed designs, is perfect for anyone who wants to show off their stylish side. It features popular trends from

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Lorillard Joins Altria In Pricing Action

Tobacco companies enact pricing adjustments, raising the cost of popular cigarette brands in the next few days. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Lorillard Inc. (LO) is pushing through a six-cent per-price increase across the some of its key cigarette brands, a move that will keep pace with rival Altria Group Inc., according to analyst reports.

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Commonwealth-Altadis Unveils Packaging Innovation

“Slide up, light up” feature sure to strike it big with consumers, CA officials predict. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Kicking off a company Webcast describing the latest upgrade to its flagship cigarette brand, Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. (CA) CEO Kevin Freudenthal said “it’s the most exciting thing in packaging for USA Gold in CA’s history.” Rolled

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Tobacco Trends and Insights from the NATO Show

Electronic tobacco sales continue to grow at an impressive clip, positioning convenience stores as a top destination for e-cigarettes and accessories. By John Lofstock, Editor The decline in cigarette volume is ongoing, c-stores continue to take tobacco share from other retail channels, and e-vapor consumption could surpass that of combustible cigarettes in the next decade,

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Wells Fargo Expects Lorillard, Reynolds American Inc. Combination

Puts chances of acquisition at 80% probability. Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported this week that it continues to anticipate that Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) will acquire Lorillard (LO). “We increasingly believe the chances are high (80% probability) RAI could acquire LO, and based on our updated acquisition analysis, RAI could pay up to $80/share for

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NJOY Welcomes Proposed FDA Regulations for E-Cigs

Company will continue to engage the FDA and consumers throughout regulatory process. NJOY, the country’s leading independent manufacturer of electronic cigarettes, welcomed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) issuance of proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes. “We have long supported FDA regulation of electronic cigarettes, and believe that the issuance of today’s proposed regulations is

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Experts Weigh In On E-Cig Deeming Regulations

“Our quick take on the proposed deeming regulations is that they are broadly as expected and not as restrictive as some had feared,” noted Bonnie Herzog, managing director, Beverage, Tobacco & Convenience Store Research, Wells Fargo Securities LLC. After the FDA proposed deeming regulations for e-cigarettes, Wells Fargo Securities LLC noted that at first glance,

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