Accessories Make Tobacco Category Complete

Cigarette and cigar lighters, as well as rolling papers, electronic cigarette accessories, ash trays, cigar cases, cutters and humidors, pipes and pipe accessories, will continue to provide add-on sales at c-stores throughout 2015. Tobacco accessories accounted for $246 million in sales last year, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI) data. Sales of cigarette lighters, far

New York State And Counties Consider E-Cig Bans

Age requirement increases for purchasing electronic cigarettes also being considered. E-cigarette users in New York may soon face vaping bans in workplaces and restaurants as their local governments, as well as the state of New York, both consider extending smoking bans to electronic cigarettes, according to lohud.com. For example, Westchester County, N.Y. lawmakers are considering

Consumer-Centric Vaping

iSmoke has introduced iSmoke OneHitter, a small, discrete loose leaf tobacco vaporizer designed to “heat, not burn” tobacco. Perfect for on-the-go adult smokers who are looking for a portable, discrete, and technologically advanced way to vape their loose tobacco. The battery is rechargeable and comes with a cleaning tool set. Additionally, the iSmoke “3-in-1” device

Kentucky Smoking Ban Dead Again

Cigar Association of America lobbies successfully to prevent smoking ban in Kentucky. Thanks in part to the lobbying efforts of the Cigar Association of America (CAA), the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) and others, a bill that would have enacted a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky is dead for the fifth consecutive year,

Refreshed Look, New Variants

Dutch Masters is making the biggest change in the brand’s 100-year-old history, including a major refresh to its iconic logo, to meet current adult cigar smokers’ lifestyles and preferences. It is also adding ‘Crafted to Burn Slow’ messaging on the new packaging to emphasize the use of traditional natural leaf cigar wrappers and its commitment

JTI Acquires Ploom Intellectual Property Rights

“This agreement is a natural evolution of our fruitful partnership and enables both companies to concentrate independently on their areas of expertise,” says JTI’s deputy CEO. JTI has acquired from Ploom Inc. a number of patents and trademarks relating to Ploom Inc.’s devices, such as the Ploom modelOne and modelTwo and the Ploom tobacco vapor

NATO Launches “Not One Cent, Not One Percent” Campaign

Opposes proposal to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. NATO is launching its “Not One Cent, Not One Percent” campaign aimed at urging U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to oppose President Obama’s budget proposal to raise the federal cigarette tax by 94 cents per pack and increase the federal excise tax rate on

Legislation Introduced To Close Tobacco Tax Loopholes

Legislation would apply tax equity to all tobacco products, including new developments like e-cigarettes. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was joined by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) this week in introducing the Tobacco Tax Equity Act to close loopholes in the tax code. The Tobacco Tax Equity Act would

Dulce de Leche Cigarillos

Swisher Sweets’ first limited-edition cigarillos of 2015—Swisher Sweets Dulce de Leche—is delicioso. Customers will love the smooth, sweet, creamy taste; a deliciousness that will keep them coming back for more. Dulce de Leche Swisher Sweets are available to ship to participating stores nationwide beginning Feb. 2, 2015. They come in resealable two-count foil pouches with

Cigar Industry Remembers Tony Barone

Life celebration set for Feb. 14. Tony Barone, an industry giant and friend to many, died this week after a brief battle with cancer. Barone’s passing comes less than two years after he retired from Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. after a long and illustrious career. The family will hold a “life celebration” for Barone on Saturday, Feb.

Lifting the Veil

What will it take to get Cuban cigars onto c-store shelves? By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Convenience store operators who thought cigars when they learned of President Obama’s plan to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and dismantle economic sanctions may have to wait a while to bring those quality stogies to shelves. With an embassy

Lower Gas Prices Helping to Drive Cigarette Category Strength

E-cig dollar sales growth tapers off but remains positive, Wells Fargo reports. Cigarette dollar sales remain solid, driven by strong pricing and positive volume, Wells Fargo Securities reported, citing recent Nielsen data. C-store cigarette dollar sales were up 3.8% (down from +4.4% last period and -1.5% last year) during the recent four weeks on +3.0%

Tantus Tobacco Makes Key Hire

Tantus Tobacco has named John Rudolfs to the position of president. Rudolfs was most recently executive vice president of marketing for Murphy USA, a fortune 200 company. Rudolfs has had a successful track record of helping lead and build companies, in roles as diverse as business development to president, in organizations ranging from start-ups to

Un-Sweet Cigarillos

Swisher International Inc. has introduced new Swisher Diamonds Cigarillos, the un-sweet Swisher. These cigarillos are everything you love about Swisher without the sweet; just a smooth, rich taste created by master tobacco blenders. Swisher Diamonds cigarillos are available in a two-count resealable pouch at three popular price points: 99-cents, $1.49, and non-priced “Save on 2.”

Combustible Cigarette Pricing And Volume Strong

Lower gas prices likely driving category strength, says Wells Fargo. C-store cig dollar sales were up 4.4% (above +2.2% last period and -2.6% last year) during the recent four weeks on an increase of 3.4% in pricing and an increase of 1% equal units, Wells Fargo Securities reported, citing Nielsen data. “We believe c-store unit

E-Cigs Driving E-Choices

As big tobacco embraces the market, consumers are seeking a broader array of vaping products. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Savvy convenience store operators are taking stock in consumers’ growing hunger for tobacco alternatives, which is widening to include more than just electronic cigarettes. While best sellers like Lorillard Tobacco’s blu, Logic, NJOY, R.J. Reynolds’

Mounting Pressure

As cigarette prices rise, margin stress on retailers remains. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor With cigarette consumption likely to continue to decline in the mid-single-digit range, pricing remains a crucial factor for retailers, and one that convenience store operators are watching with great interest. The Big Three U.S. tobacco manufacturers—Lorillard Inc., Philip Morris USA and

Disposable & Rechargeable E-Cigs

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Illinois Starts 2015 With New E-Cig Regulations

New rules for cider sales also go into effect. Retailers in Illinois must comply with new regulations for e-cigarettes in 2015. E-cigarettes must be kept behind the counter at convenience stores, and vapor refills must be in child-proof packaging, effective Jan. 1, reported WQAD8 News. Hard ciders are also facing new rules. Apple and other

Congressional E-Cigarette Opponents Play Grinch

Three Congressional Democrats want State attorneys general to declare vaping products “cigarettes.”  Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, issued the following statement: “These representatives are asking state attorneys general to violate both the Constitution and their own state laws. State attorneys general have no power to force e-cigarette companies to become parties to

AVA Responds To CDC Article

American Vaping Association calls for oversight of ACA grant money. The American Vaping Association(AVA), an advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, reacted to the release of a new opinion article on vapor products written by employees of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly

Big Tobacco’s National Rollouts Driving E-Cig Category Growth

“We believe the trial and awareness generated by Vuse and MarkTen should help elevate the entire category and drive incremental trial,” predicts Wells Fargo. E-cig c-store dollar sales maintained strong growt,h but sequentially decelerated to +25.6% in the period ending Nov. 22, 2014, driven by 55% unit growth, partially offset by -19% net pricing, Wells

House Leadership Responds To FDA Overreach

Proposed FDA regulations must be changed to avoid banning vapor products and stifling innovation. The American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, reacted to the release of a letter sent last week by members of leadership in the House of Representatives to HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

Smokeless Holds its Own

Despite the popularity of electronic cigarettes and the gloominess of regulatory concerns, smokeless tobacco continues to be a significant seller for convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Because smoking restrictions have increased and the sale of cigarettes continues to decline across the U.S., it’s not surprising that smokeless tobacco sales have remained on an

New Hard Shell Kits

Cig2o, an e-cigarette category leader, has introduced the next generation of Cig2o kits with its new hard shell kit, including long lasting rechargeable 808 battery, USB charger and three, all new Soft Tip, “real feel” cartomizer refills. The hard shell case lends added storage and freshness. It is available in Classic Tobacco, Red Tobacco and

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