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

Wild Blend

Swisher Sweets has introduced the limited edition Swisher Sweets Wild Rush cigarillo. Customers can experience the wild, flavorful blend of sweet fruits and watermelon with this limited edition cigarillo. It’s one wild blend with a rush of fruit tastes. Available for shipment to stores nationwide beginning Oct. 15, Swisher Sweets Wild Rush comes in a […]

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High-End Ligher

Zippo’s Collectible of the Year tradition continues in 2016 with Armor Facet, an innovative Zippo Windproof Lighter that features the debut of the 360-degree MultiCut engraving process as well as a new Armor Satin finish. The Armor Facet launches a new line of high-end luxury lighters for the iconic brand. The new MultiCut process allows […]

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Pennsylvania Bill Proposes Increased Tobacco Age

Could Pennsylvania be the next state to raise the legal tobacco age to 21? A bill has been introduced by Pennsylvania legislator, Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, and it proposes a raise in the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. According to a report from ABC 27 News, Brown’s proposal, House Bill 1628, would increase

NACS Show Kicks Off

From mobile to FDA rules for food labeling and tobacco, NACS shares the latest trends and information with convenience store retailers. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show kicked off in Vegas on Oct. 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center with a number of educational sessions. In an

FDA Launches Tobacco Public Education Campaign

The FDA seeks to educate hard to reach youth groups to reduce tobacco use among such groups. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)has launched a national public education campaign to prevent and reduce tobacco use among groups that are frequently exposed to pro-tobacco images and messages. Multicultural youth who identify with the hip-hop peer crowd