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

How to Push Smokeless Sales Higher

Smokeless tobacco sales continue to grow at convenience stores, which are pressing their advantage over competing retail channels. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor While the overall cigarette smoking prevalence has declined in recent years, the overall use of smokeless tobacco has remained strong. That’s good news for the convenience store channel. The main types of

How E-Cigs Are Spurring A Growing Market

While stakeholders await finalization of possible regulatory policies, convenience stores tap into e-tobacco’s vast potential. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor If one were to describe the current state of the e-tobacco industry, “mixed results” might be the most accurate description. On one hand, year-to-year pricing for the past 12 consecutive periods is down, according

RAI-Lorillard Deal Closing Friday

Wells Fargo weighs in with an analysis. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) received the final clearance needed to complete their merger and announced a date for the closing: Friday, June 12, with the brand divestitures of Winston, Salem, KOOL, Maverick and blu eCig brands to Imperial Tobacco’s ITG Brands. The companies announced that

How Good Supply Can Lead to More Cigar Sales

C-stores are learning that good supply and staying attentive to customer purchasing patterns are driving cigar sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Cigar sales are trending upward and c-stores are responding in kind by adding SKUs, honing assortments, maintaining prices, offering fresher product in resealable packs and stocking a popular, ever-expanding variety of flavors. IRI’s

How C-stores Can Capitalize on The Vaping Trend

In the fast-growing vaping marketplace, c-stores are discovering where they fit. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor It doesn’t seem that long ago that vaporizers comprised a little-known product category for convenience stores. Really, this segment of the non-combustible electronic nicotine devices (ENDs) industry was just revving up. Today, vapors/tanks/mods (VTMs) have locked onto the

Are E-Cigarettes The Future of Tobacco?

As big tobacco enters the e-tobacco category, retailers take notice. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The U.S. cigarette market retains a resilient presence—enabled by strong consumer loyalty—but regulatory initiatives continue to chip away at the industry’s dominance. As a result, customers are increasingly exploring smoking alternatives and looking to other tobacco products (OTP) from smokeless

OCSA Applauds Move To Up Contraband Tobacco Fight

New bill offers increased tactics for eliminating contraband tobacco. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) cheered the recently passed Budget Measures Act that cracks down on contraband tobacco. “Convenience store retailers are pleased that Finance Minister Sousa is following through on his fall commitment to tackle the underground economy,” said Dave Bryans, CEO of the