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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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FDA E-Cig Deeming Regulations Proposed

“The proposed rule would give the FDA additional tools to protect the public health in today’s rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace, including the review of new tobacco products and their health-related claims,” says director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. FDA proposed to extend its tobacco authority to additional tobacco products, including e-cigarettes As part

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Premium Portable Vaporizer

Redefining smoking for the modern generation, Ploom—developers of products that provide a cleaner, more flavorful alternative to the smoking experience—have launched PAX, the most pocketable, premium, loose-leaf vaporizer on the market today. Reimagining the smoking paradigm, Pax weds modern technologies, materials, and processes with a beautifully simple yet effective design. PAX uses the process of

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Cameron To Return As Reynolds American CEO

Current CEO Delen to retire on May 1. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), the maker of Camel brand cigarettes, has announced that Susan Cameron is set to return as CEO, as Daniel Delen retires from the role of CEO on May 1, Bloomberg reported. Cameron also plans to remain on the company’s board, which she rejoined

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Eric Heiberg Joins Kretek as Northeast Region Sales Director

“Eric brings a wealth of contacts and experience to Kretek in tobacco products and e-cigarettes,” says field sales vice president. Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer and marketer of Djarum and Cuban Rounds Cigars, Cig2o, EZ Cig and Voodoo e-vapor products, DjEEP lighters and VirMax performance products, has named Eric Heiberg as Northeast region sales director. 

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Eco-Cigs Signs Major Beverage Distributor in Texas

Kimball Distributing services Dallas/Fort Worth and 25 North Texas counties. Eco-Cigs Inc., a fast-growing marketer of electronic cigarettes, announced that it has added another beverage distributor to its expanding distribution network. With the signing of Kimball Distributing Inc. (KDI), Grand Prairie, Texas, Eco-Cigs now has full distribution in seven of the top 10 U.S. markets.

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Ready To Vape

The Mekanik “RTV” (Ready To Vape) Premium Telescoping System by Vapage is the next generation of powerful “Full Vapor” tube mod systems. Constructed from premium-grade 406 stainless steel, this product will not rust. The adjustable silver-plated battery contact pins make it so you can fine tune this mechanical mod to your preference. The magnetic firing

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Durbin Report Finds E-Cigarette Marketing Reaches Substantial Youth Audiences

“We must close this new gateway to addiction to protect our children,” says Durbin. Eleven Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives released a report that shows a dramatic recent increase in the marketing of electronic cigarettes with extensive resources being dedicated to social media, sponsorship of youth-oriented events, and television and

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Tobacco Environment Heats Up

Wells Fargo predicts that vapors/tanks/mods pose the “greatest new threat” to e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently conducted a “Tobacco Talk” survey of its tobacco retailer and wholesaler contacts representing 35,000+ convenience stores in the U.S., which revealed that the competitive environment has heated up in the first quarter of 2014. Some

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Maine Tobacco Tax Increases Defeated

The Cigar Association of America (CAA) announced that its lobbying efforts to prevent a tax increase on cigars and pipe tobacco paid off in Maine. Following an all-night negotiation session Tuesday, the Joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee adopted a state supplemental budget on Wednesday morning, and the amendment to increase taxes on cigars and

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MST Offers Hope for Traditional Tobacco

MST sales remain strong, and analysts are calling for another solid year in 2014 despite regulatory efforts. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor While moist smokeless tobacco (MST) sales are projected to enjoy a strong 2014, possible government legislation and public health campaigns could converge to slow its momentum. To maximize sales now, industry proponents insist

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Premium E-Liquid

As part of the new business endeavor between Republic Tobacco and Johnson Creek Enterprises, Republic has introduced the new REAL Ultra Premium e-Liquid line. Made in the USA from U.S.-sourced ingredients, the manufacturing process is ISO 9001 Certified. The robust flavor of our American, Turkish, and Virginia Blends all provide a palate pleasing vapor experience

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Lighter Display

Kretek International Inc. has announced DjEEP’s new 24-count lighter tray display. The new compact unit uses less than one-fourth of a square foot of counter space, and each disposable tray can deliver more than $24 of retail profit. The unique DjEEP shape and design offers instant visibility and around $1 profit per lighter.  The trays

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SFATA Responds to CDC E-Cig Study

CDC finds poison control calls regarding e-cigarettes are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, noting that the number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month

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New Vaporizers

In December 2013, 21st Century Smoke introduced its first line of Vaporizers and USA-made e-juice, made in a GMP, FDA approved facility, “VAPIN PLUS.” The company conducted a substantial amount of research with different manufacturers before launching the product. 21st Century Smoke is using the best factory to manufacture its Vaporizer pens and EVE batteries,

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Tobacco-Free Snuff

Smokey Mountain Chew Inc. is America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand.  The company is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless alternatives on the market, in flavors that adult consumers demand.  Smokey Mountain Snuff is a loose smokeless product, and is available in seven great flavors.  Smokey Mountain Pouches are a single portion product,

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Lorillard Leads As E-Cigs Continue To Grow

Increased penetration of kits could be impacting negative pricing trends, Wells Fargo reports. Lorillard claimed the No. 1 spot among e-cigarette companies in c-stores, with 45.5% dollar share in the recent period ended March 15, 2014, up 17.6 share points, year over year, according to a report by Wells Fargo. E-cigarette dollar sales overall continue

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UK’s Skycig Becomes Blu Following Lorillard Acquisition

Marketing campaign to accompany rebranding initiative.   UK electronic cigarette company Skycig is rebranding as Blu eCigs in May, following the acquisition of the company by Lorillard, owner of U.S. electronic cigarette brand Blu eCigs, Design Week reported. Skycig plans to adopt the identity of the Blu, ‘using the striking designs as well as the

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Navy and Marine Corps Exchange Stores Consider Tobacco Ban

Questions remain about the scope of the potential ban, which could be implemented as early as Oct. 1. The Navy is considering a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at Navy and Marine Corps exchange stores as part of an initiative to improve the culture of fitness in the services. Navy

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Commemorative Cigar

Drew Estate is releasing a new size within its Undercrown cigar line. The size will be called Undercrown “Dogma,” and has been created to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the online community Cigar Dojo. The blend of “Dogma” is based on the Undercrown Corona ¡Viva! and is comprised of Mexican San Andreas wrapper, Connecticut Stalk-Cut

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Kretek Goes All In With Three-Brand E-Vapor Launch

Cig2o, Voodoo and EZ Cig e-vapor products give retailers a trusted single source for growth. Kretek International announced it is launching the most complete lineup of e-liquids, personal vaporizers, e-pens, mods and e-vapor accessories in the e-vapor category. “We’ve been an innovation leader in the e-cigarette business for five years,” noted Kretek CEO Mark Cassar.

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Lighters Lead Tobacco Accessories

As turbulent as the tobacco business has been in recent years, accessories, such as lighters, have remained calm and consistent, if not a bright spot on the front counter for most convenience store chains. “This is one of the most profitable parts of the business,” said Tariq Khan, CEO of Sentar Oil Inc., a four-store

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Cigarettes Continue to Draw Customers

Under fire now for more than a decade, cigarettes remain among the most important in-store categories in convenience stores. Cigarettes, along with other tobacco products (OTP), combined to account for 40.7% of in-store sales, according to the 2013 NACS State of the Industry Report. However, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI), cigarette sales in the

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