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 ESPN.com, 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

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

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