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

New Jersey May Be Next State to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Following Hawaii, New Jersey may become the second state to raise the smoking age to 21. On Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, New Jersey lawmakers voted to approve the measure to raise the smoking age from 19 to 21. According to a report from NBC 10, the bill has already passed through the Senate and is now

What’s Ahead For Cigarette Sales?

If increased cigarette shipments are any indication, category sales could be robust in 2016. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor This past October, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau reported that cigarette shipments for the first half of 2015 had increased from the same period the previous year—the first year-over-year increase in cigarette shipments

22nd Century Group Seeks to Introduce Reduced Exposure Cigarettes in the U.S.

BRAND A cigarettes have 95% less nicotine than “Big Tobacco” cigarettes. On Dec. 31, 2015, Goodrich Tobacco Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of 22nd Century Group, Inc., submitted a Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking a reduced exposure order. The move was made so that 22nd Century’s

NATO Concerned With Tobacco Grandfather Date

Tobacco grandfather date may remain unchanged. The federal omnibus budget bill that recently passed through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives did not offer any relief to concerned members of the tobacco industry. According to a report from NATO, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives did not include in the bill language that

Flavored Tobacco Ban Regulations Finalized

New database will assist retailers in avoiding infractions against Chicago’s flavored tobacco ban. The regulations for the flavored tobacco ban in Chicago have been finalized and an implementation timeline has been constructed. NATO suggests that its retail members review these new rules to avoid infractions. In 2014, an ordinance was passed by the Chicago City

Imperial Tobacco Group Becomes Imperial Brands

Tobacco company changes name to better fit its evolving business. Imperial Tobacco Group is removing the word ‘tobacco’ from its name. From now on, the brand will be known as Imperial Brands. Reuters reported that Imperial, in a statement, said the new name “better reflects the dynamic, brand-focused business that we are now.” The change

Strong Pricing Buoys Cigarette Category

Robust profit growth expected in the cigarette category, according to Wells Fargo. All channel cigarette dollar sales increased 3.4% (up from +2.9% last period and +0.6% last year) during the recent four-week period ending Nov. 28, 2015, driven by very strong +3.8% pricing, and partially offset by -0.4% equal unit declines, according to a report

R.J. Reynolds, British American Tobacco Sign Agreement

Through the agreement, the companies will collaborate and cross-license vapor product technologies through 2022. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., an indirect subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., announced on Dec. 1, that it has signed a definitive vapor technology-sharing and licensing agreement with Nicoventures Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BAT). The companies signed

New Legislation Means Danger For Vapor Industry

The vapor industry is trying to combat grandfather date, which threatens many products currently on the market. The vapor tobacco industry has requested that the language be added to a new spending bill that will change the grandfather date for electronic cigarettes and cigars under new rules that are being finalized by the Food and

Cigar Association Protests Possible Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products

Health professionals continue to wage war against flavored tobacco products, while also pushing for legal age of purchase increase. The Cigar Association of America recently outlined several ordinances that are being considered by both the Cleveland Ohio City Council and the City of Boston Public Health Commission that would ban the sale of most flavored

How To Succeed With Smokeless

Because of consumer loyalty, smokeless tobacco is holding its own in terms of category sales. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor Sales of smokeless tobacco products remain steady at convenience stores, as many smokers seek alternative tobacco products for areas where cigarettes are not allowed. But the category continues to face hurdles when it comes to

Mango Cigarillos

Due to popular demand, Game has brought back Game Mango Cigarillos effective Oct. 7, 2015 as an everyday item. Originally scheduled to be a limited time offer in the first half of 2015 only, consumers and retailers have been demanding this become a mainstay of the Game Cigars lineup. Game Mango is available in two […]

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R.J.R. Launches VUSE Connect Solo Power Units

Bluetooth technology helps connect the device to an app to lock the device or monitor things like battery life. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. has announced that its VUSE Connect Solo power units are set to be available nationally on Nov. 24, 2015. These state-of-the-art units feature Bluetooth Low Energy technology that enables adult tobacco consumers

White Owl Brand Redesign

White Owl is looking to stand out from the competition with a new brand redesign and Website. In order to emphasize the brand’s heritage, innovation, flavor and quality, White Owl Cigar has launched a new product Website and announced a brand redesign that includes new packaging and POS that will arrive in stores in January.

Wells Fargo Weighs In On RAI Investors Day

“RAI is setting the stage today for accelerated top-line growth and margin expansion over the next few years,” according to a Wells Fargo analyst. Wells Fargo Securities attended Reynold’s American Inc.’s (RAI) Investor Day in New York City on Nov. 16., which highlighted RAI’s growth strategy in the context of an ever-evolving consumer, societal and

HUD Proposes That Smoking Ban Include Vaping

Will smoke-free vapor products be included in smoking ban? The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) is considering expanding a proposed rule to ban “smoking” in all public housing to also include the use of smoke-free vapor products such as electronic cigarettes. The announcement was made in the Federal Register.  The HUD is currently

Authentic “Smoking”

NJOY is delivering the most authentic “smoking” experience to date with new NJOY Daily, which blends Satisfaction, Performance, Authenticity, Flavor and Design for an experience that’s more than 90% as satisfying as a cigarette during the first seven minutes of use. The disposable e-cigarettes are available in three flavors: robust Rich Tobacco, the chilling Cool […]

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Limited Edition Cigarillo Flavor

Swedish Match’s Game Leaf is introducing its first Limited Edition flavor, Black Cherry, into its lineup of Natural Rolled Leaf cigars. Since its launch in March of 2015, Game Leaf has been nominated as a Best New Product within the industry and has been widely popular with consumers. Black Cherry joins a lineup of four […]

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FDA Approves Eight New Swedish Match Snus Products

The decision by the FDA does not allow the company to market the product as a less dangerous alternative to other tobacco products. The FDA has approved eight new Swedish Match snus products to be sold in the U.S. According to a post from Reuters, the FDA has declared that Swedish Match will be allowed

How To Excel in the Vapor Market

From corporate acquisitions and collaborations to local and state regulatory enforcement, it’s been an eventful year for e-tobacco products. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Nearing the end of 2013, sales of e-cigarettes and vapors/tanks/mods (VTMs) were riding high for convenience stores and other tobacco retailers. As reported by Wells Fargo, unit growth of e-cigarettes for

How Will The U.S. E-Cigarette Market Fare Through 2025?

A report by Research and Markets forecasts the future of e-cig market. Research and Markets has announced its “US E-Cigarette and Vaporizer Market – Analysis, Estimation & Forecast (2015-2025)” report. Being home to one of the largest distribution networks for the sale of e-cigarette and accessories, the U.S. alone accounted for more than 45% share

FDA Issues Eight No-Tobacco-Sale Orders

The FDA’s actions seek to prohibit the sale of regulated tobacco products at eight retail establishments for 30 days. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration filed complaints last week initiating the first-ever No-Tobacco-Sale Order (NTSO) actions for a group of retailers who have repeatedly violated certain restrictions on the sale and distribution of tobacco products,

Cigarette Sales Trending Above Historical Ranges

Trends suggest that combustible cigarette sales will remain high in 2016. As disposable income increases among tobacco consumers, combustible cigarettes are making their comeback. According to a report from Wells Fargo, cigarette industry volume is currently trending above historical ranges. There was virtually no downside risk in the tobacco industry during fiscal year 2015, but volume

FDA Deeming Regulations Head To White House For Final Review

NATO outlines the process and pending regulations set to follow. On Oct. 19 the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) submitted the final deeming regulations on cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, nicotine gels, and dissolvable products to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As reported by NATO (the National Association of

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