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

E-Cigarettes Strive in 2015

Though there were positive developments in the e-cigarette segment, the biggest development in 2015 was the further strengthening of Vuse by R.J. Reynolds Vapor, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reynolds American. Data compiled by Wells Fargo Securities LLC indicated the Vuse brand firmly holds onto the No. 1 spot with 38.5% of the dollar shares as

Cigarettes Continue Rebound As E-Cig Dollar Sales Dip

Strong pricing in the cigarette segment helps grow profits. Smokeless tobacco and cigarettes saw dollar sales growth in February, but electronic cigarette sales declined. All channel cigarette dollar sales increased +2.4% during the recent four-week period ending Feb. 27, 2016 (+2.9% for 12-weeks; +2.7% for 52-weeks), according to Wells Fargo Securities and Nielsen data. The

Cherry Dynamite

Cherries are now in season with Swisher Sweets’ new limited edition cigarillo. Swisher Sweets Cherry Dynamite cigarillos deliver a memorable blast of cherry taste perfect for Spring season. Available for shipment to stores nationwide beginning March 1, Swisher Sweets Cherry Dynamite comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. It is available […]

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DFW Vapor Inc. Announces New Corporate Name: VAPORLAKES

A new name has been selected to better represent company growth and distribution goals. DFW Vapor Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its new corporate name, VAPORLAKES Inc. The new name was selected after a two-month branding and design study to determine the best way to symbolize the company’s growing production and distribution

How Cigarette Sales are Trending

According to widely-accepted economic theory, if fewer people start smoking and more adult smokers seek to quit each year, which has been the trend, then demand for cigarettes should decrease and sales revenue should follow suit. But according to recent figures, that scenario isn’t what’s happening right now. “Cigarettes have done better for the same

Apple and Cherry Cigars

S&M Brands has added Temptation (Apple) and Red Krush (Cherry) to its LEX12 cigar product line.  Developed over the past two years to perfect these pleasantly aromatic and delicious handcrafted blends, the Temptation and Red Krush lines add eight new retail SKUs to the 113 SKUs of the entire LEX12 brand line of products. Both […]

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How CVS’ Decision To Stop Selling Tobacco Is Impacting Customers

While 43% are “neutral” toward the decision, some 33% disagree with the drug store chain’s choice to stop selling tobacco products. CVS stopped selling cigarettes in the fall of 2014, but how has the decision impacted smokers? V2, a brand of electronic cigarette and vaporizer products, released the results of a commissioned study examining the

Premium Vapor Blends

E-Alternative Solutions (EAS), sister company to Swisher International, is launching Liquid Soul Vapor, scheduled to ship to high volume vapor locations starting in March. Liquid Soul Vapor is a premium, American-made liquid vapor brand developed with HydraVape Technology, a proprietary process that minimizes “vape tongue” while providing a liquid formula that can vaporize at all […]

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Encore Edition Cigarillos

When people can’t get enough, they demand an encore! And, that’s just what Swisher Sweets believes consumers will want from its new Swisher Sweets Encore Edition cigarillos. Encore Edition brings the limited edition taste of Wild Rush that experienced off-the-charts popularity permanently to the Swisher Sweets line-up. As well, it includes a new White Grape […]

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Chicago Aldermen Reject Proposed Tobacco Ordinance

An ordinance intended to curb youth smoking has been rejected due to the potential consequences that could occur as a result. Aldermen of the Chicago City Council have rejected a proposal that was intended to increase the smoking age, put a new tax on smokeless tobacco products and institute a price floor for cigarettes. According

How to Survive the Flavored Tobacco Controversy

Despite banking on cigar sales, more and more convenience stores face the fallout of local ordinances restricting consumer use. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Last fall, Cleveland officials introduced proposed regulations to ban all flavored tobacco products throughout the city except at tobacco shops. Officials also wanted to raise the minimum purchasing age to

How to Entice with E-Cigarettes in 2016

Despite lagging industry-wide sales in 2015, some e-cigarette brands are primed to post impressive numbers this year. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Year-end figures confirmed what many convenience store operators have guessed for some time: the allure of non-combustible tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaporizers, has been burning lower than a few years ago.

Ontario Strives to Combat Illegal Tobacco

Small business bottom lines will be protected from the harm illegal tobacco causes, thanks to the new Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team in Ontario. The Government of Ontario has announced the creation of the new Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team within the Ontario Provincial Police. Convenience store retailers are pleased by the creation of this team. “The

Key Findings Released from Wells Fargo Tobacco Talk

Sales trends in the tobacco market have been revealed and discussed in Wells Fargo’s Tobacco Talk. New data from the Wells Fargo Tobacco Talk survey has been released. The data from the survey has highlighted a number of trends in the tobacco industry and has discussed the impact of these trends on the market. Some

Child-Proofing Electronic Cigarettes

Washington is cracking down on the safety standards for the expanding electronic cigarette market. In an effort to prevent children from swallowing liquid nicotine, President Obama has signed legislation which has created new packaging standards for electronic cigarettes. According to a report from The Hill, the recently passed Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act requires manufacturers

22nd Century Introduces RED SUN Website

New Website aims to communicate RED SUN’s values including: Authenticity, Independence, Boldness and an Unconventional attitude. 22nd Century Group Inc. has introduced a remastered RED SUN Website to communicates the brand’s new Extremely Nicotine message. Underpinning the www.redsuncigarettes.com Website – and the brand itself – is RED SUN’s mission: “To give smokers the BOLDEST, most

Altria Releases Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Business Results

Altria experienced significant growth in 2015, and the company expects to continue growing in the new year. The fourth-quarter and full-year business results for Altria Group Inc. have been released. Along with these results, Altria has also provided guidance for 2016 full-year adjusted diluted EPS. “In 2015, Altria delivered yet another year of excellent business

Combustible Cigarettes Stay Strong

Strong industry volumes and pricing in the fourth quarter help boost the category, according to Wells Fargo Securities.     Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently conducted its “Tobacco Talk” survey of tobacco retailers and wholesalers representing about 30,000 convenience stores in the U.S. to gain insights into the health of the category. “Tobacco Talk” survey results found

California Health Officials Fight For Tobacco Tax Increase

After the failure of bills that would have raised California’s tobacco tax to $2 per pack, voters are being urged to take the matter into their own hands. A petition drive has been launched by California health officials in an attempt to qualify a new cigarette tax for the November ballot. According to a report

22nd Century’s Central American Growing Program Deemed Successful

22nd Century will now have extra VLN tobacco stock to support increased production of MAGIC “O” cigarettes. The Central American growing program from 22nd Century Group Inc., a plant biotechnology company that is a leader in tobacco harm reduction, is being considered a great success by the company. Now nearing harvest, the specially-propagated Central American

Governor Christie Vetoes Bill That Would Have Raised New Jersey Smoking Age

Mixed reactions are being reported after Governor Christie vetoed tobacco bill. The bill to raise the smoking age to 21 in New Jersey has officially been rejected by Governor Chris Christie. According to a report from nj.com, the governor’s decision to veto the bill is good news for food retailers and convenience store operators who

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