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

BLK Tip Cigarillos

Swisher Sweets has introduced two new flavors to its line-up of its popular Swisher Sweets BLK Tip Cigarillos. The new flavors include Swisher Sweets BLK Grape and Swisher Sweets BLK Berry. Customers are invited to enjoy the “scentsational” aroma and smooth smoke of BLK’s pipe tobacco filler, a fusion of hand-selected air and fire-cured tobaccos […]

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Taxing Tobacco Issues

Arguably, no state in the country has more convoluted tobacco laws to challenge both consumers and merchants than New York. By Jim Calvin Here in New York, what remains of the beleaguered tobacco category in convenience stores is under constant attack by health advocates and regulators who resemble hyenas feasting on a zebra carcass. IT’S

V2 Reveals Consumer Response to Federal E-Cig Regulation

Nearly half of vapers would turn back to combustible cigarettes if e-cigarettes were taken off the market. A new commissioned study by V2, an e-cigarette retailer, has revealed the reactions of e-cigarette users to the recent decision from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to extend federal regulatory control to e-cigarettes. The survey polled

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

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

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