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 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, 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