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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New Little Cigars

Swisher International Inc. has introduced Swisher Sweets Caramel Little Cigars and Swisher Diamonds Little Cigars. These Little Cigars are made with high-quality tobacco that packs a big taste, at a sweet price. As the “leader of the pack,” Swisher Sweets Little Cigars are the best selling brand of Little Cigars. The new Swisher Sweets Caramel […]

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Limited Edition Cheyenne Tropical Cigar Earns Best New Tobacco Product Title

Cheyenne Cigars thanks its fans for choosing an award-winning packaging design. The fresh style and distinctive packaging of Cheyenne Cigars’ first limited edition style, Tropical 100s, has earned the product the 2016 Best New Tobacco Product title at the 2016 Tobacco Plus Expo. Each year a panel of industry buyers judge four categories of new

Defying Expectations

In a year in which consumers generated strong other-than-tobacco numbers, smokeless tobacco outperformed industry forecasts in 2015. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor While the number of U.S. smokers still lags that of years past and legislators continue to debate  how to legislate the vapor and e-cigarette markets, other tobacco products (OTPs) such as chewing

NATO to Drop Trade Show, Focus on Public Policy Issues

The 2016 show later this month in Las Vegas will be the last as the association turns its attention to issues at the local, state and federal levels. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) announced it will focus its resources exclusively on public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels, and end

The State of the Tobacco Industry

Wells Fargo Securities has released a report, evaluating data from Nielson Equity Research, and has made a number of conclusions regarding the current state of the tobacco market. Data from Nielson Equity Research on the tobacco market has been released, and the tobacco industry has demonstrated growth in a number of areas, while others have

Early PATH Study Findings Reveal E-Cigarette Trends

Early findings of the PATH study from the FDA have revealed growing trends in the e-cigarette market.  One of the most important areas of research in the tobacco industry is electronic cigarette use, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released some of the early findings from its Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH)

blu Expands International Presence

blu will be reaching new customers, in two new countries, through its new global brand and marketing campaign. On April 4, 2016, blu launched a new global brand and marketing campaign, under the tagline “Just You & blu.” blu, an electronic vaping company, launched the campaign in the U.S., United Kingdom, Italy and France. The

E-Liquid Debut

Gaïatrend USA has announced the launch of the company’s leading brand, Alfaliquid, in the U.S. to grow the brand internationally and mark its entry into the North American marketplace. Alfaliquid’s early success in Europe can be attributed to the brand’s extensive variety of unique, quality e-liquid flavors and the company’s commitment to health and safety […]

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Sales of Accessories Add Up

For years, tobacco accessories—a category that covers a litany of products, from lighters to roll-your-own papers to hookahs—catered to traditional tobacco users. Smokers reflexively reach for lighters or matches as they pay for cigarettes or cigars at convenience store counters. In fact, this relationship has prompted sports teams, music groups, and television shows to expand

Boston C-store Retailers Protest Flavored Tobacco Ban

Boston Convenience Store Owners Association leads protest outside city hall. Convenience store owners rallied outside Boston’s City Hall on the morning of Wednesday, March 30, to protest a citywide ban on selling flavored tobacco products. Metro U.S. Online reported that Boston Public Health Commission voted unanimously in December raise the minimum age for buying tobacco

NJOY Daily E-Cig Sales Soar

Accessible pricing and lightweight, soft touch design help spur consumer demand for NJOY Daily. E-cigarette manufacturer NJOY shared the latest IRI FDMxC (“All-Channel”) data, revealing that the NJOY Daily disposable e-cig is currently the fastest-turning new e-vapor product, outselling other new products such as JTI’s Logic Pro and Pax Labs’ Juul. The data indicates that

Youth Rely on Social Sources for Tobacco Products

NATO implores FDA to place more emphasis on educating social sources and less on restrictive policies for retailers. Preliminary findings from the long-term Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Health has revealed the sources by which underage youth attain cigarettes and

Vapor FOB

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. has officially nationally introduced its VUSE FOB power unit with Bluetooth technology, a device that is the perfect combination of form and function. VUSE FOB power units fit in the palm of the hand and are pocket-friendly. An on-device display provides real-time information about battery and cartridge levels, and gives adult […]

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Chicago Cubs Unhappy With Smokeless Tobacco Ban

New law in Chicago regulates smokeless use at baseball stadiums. Will New York follow? A new tobacco ban would fine players caught using smokeless tobacco at Wrigley Field—home of the Chicago Cubs—or U.S. Cellular Field—home of the Chicago White Sox. According to a report by, catcher Miguel Montero, pitcher John Lackey and manager Joe

Chicago Raising OTP Taxes, Increasing Tobacco Purchase Age

The Cigar Association of America outlines a new Chicago ordinance and what it means for retailers in the city. Chicagoans who use other tobacco products (OTP) including cigars, smokeless and pipe tobacco are in for more taxes beginning in July due to a new ordinance. And the age to purchase tobacco products has also been

RYO Endures Market Pressure

The fortunes of roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco will likely continue to wax and wane in 2016. Last year was more wane, due mainly to a resurgence in combustible cigarette sales. Vivien Azer, managing director with the Cowen Group, a diversified financial services firm, explained why RYO’s share dipped in the tobacco category. “Cigarette industry trends were

Costco Reduces Inventory, But Stays in Tobacco Game

After reports surfaced that the chain was looking to phase out tobacco, Costco confirms it has no plans to exit the category. While numerous news organizations reported earlier this week that Costco Wholesale (COST) was set to follow in the footsteps of CVS and exit the tobacco category, a report by Fortune found such claims

Tropical Cigar

Cheyenne Cigars released the brand’s first limited edition style, Tropical 100’s. Inspired and selected exclusively by its adult consumers, the Limited Edition Tropical Cigar style officially debuted at the 2016 Convenience Distribution Marketplace in Las Vegas, and was an instant sensation with distributors. Over the years, adult consumers have submitted numerous style requests. The 2015 […]

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Smokeless Tobacco Stays Steady

With a void left by smokers who are foregoing cigarettes and e-cigarette users who aren’t convinced of their long-term stability, more U.S. tobacco consumers are embracing other tobacco products (OTP). As it has for the last few years, smokeless tobacco is driving sales in the OTP category as tobacco manufacturers find new ways to keep

Cigar Growth Threatened by Regulations

As part of the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2017, a new program called Preschool for All has been proposed with funding coming from an increase in both the federal tax on cigarettes and a tax increase on other tobacco products (OTP), including cigars. Currently the federal tax on cigarettes is $1.01 per pack, the

Will California Be The Second State To Raise Smoking Age?

Bill to up purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 moves to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. California is close to potentially becoming the second state to up the legal age for purchasing tobacco products. NPR reported that the California Senate voted Thursday, March 10 in favor of increasing the legal age for buying

Vape Products Holding Their Own

The biggest story for the vaping industry in 2015 was no news: whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would deem vaporizers and associated products such as flavored e-juices the same as tobacco products. Of course such a determination would make vape products susceptible to some federal regulations—not to mention state laws and taxes—that