The State of the Legal Marijuana Market

Upcoming tobacco conference first to discuss the legalization of marijuana. At the upcoming Smoker Friendly Conference & Tobacco Festival held Aug. 21-23 Smoker Friendly will be the first in the tobacco industry to convene a panel to discuss the legalization of marijuana, and opportunities that it will provide in the future. Friday morning, Aug. 22,


Designing a Foodservice Plan

Both proprietary and established-brand foodservice have advantages and challenges. Retailers tell Convenience Store Decisions which they chose and why. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor PS Food Marts had its own proprietary deli program about 20 years ago. They had a great concept and products, but marketing an unknown brand was tough, said Ed Heath, vice

Spark Industries to Distribute Cig2O Premium Vapor Direct

Added distribution and retail presence are key to sales growth. Spark Industries announced that its popular Cig2o brand of premium electronic cigarettes, refills, and e-liquids has joined its VAPAGE brand of specialty e-vapor products as the exclusive source for Cig2o sales to the industry. “Cig2o and Vapage were developed together as complimentary product lines with

Reynolds To Buy Lorillard for $25 Billion

Blu eCigs among brands sold to Imperial Tobacco Group. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) is acquiring Lorillard Inc. (LO) in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $25 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported. The deal combines Reynolds’ Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes with Lorillard’s popular Newport menthol brand to create a more powerful No. 2 to U.S.

Imperial Tobacco Acquisition To Transform Business

Blu e-Cigs among assets gained from deal with Reynolds and Lorillard. A subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group PLC has entered into a purchase agreement with Reynolds American Inc. for the acquisition of assets, including a portfolio of U.S. cigarette brands, Winston, Maverick, Kool, Salem and U.S. and international e-cigarette brand blu, plus the national sales

Reynolds, Lorillard Confirmed To Be In Talks Over Potential Merger

“This transaction in our view will be very positive for the global tobacco industry,” says Wells Fargo analyst. U.S. tobacco company Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) has been in talks to buy Lorillard Inc. (LO) both companies confirmed Friday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The multibillion-dollar deal would create a powerful new No. 2 to

Kretek Welcomes New Western Region Sales Director

Sean Geary to focus on enhancing Kretek’s retail distribution of key brands and developing key retail chains business relationships. Kretek International Inc. has named Sean Geary as Western Region Sales Director. Geary will report to Kretek Field Sales Vice President Russ Mancuso, and will be responsible for business development and retail growth of Kretek brands

22nd Century Group Announces U.S. Patent For Regulating Nicotine in Tobacco

“We believe there will be tremendous commercial opportunities for both our very low nicotine and our higher nicotine tobacco varieties,” says 22nd Century spokesperson. 22nd Century Group Inc. announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for technology that decreases or increases nicotine production and levels in tobacco

CAA Defeats Anti-Cigar Measures in Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Cigar Association of America, over the past several days, has  defeated harmful taxation and regulation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. On June 26, the Cigar Association of America (CAA) was alerted that cigars and other tobacco products were being considered for new taxes, to help fund a $29 billion annual budget in Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia

Smoker Friendly Acquires Havana Manor Cigar Shop and Club

Venue expected to be a great addition for cigar events. The Cigarette Store Corp. and Smoker Friendly have purchased Longmont, Colo.-based Havana Manor Cigar Shop and Club. Mike Landau, founder of Havana Manor Cigar Shop and Club, made the decision to sell to the Gallagher Family, who have been long-time friends. He plans to step

Studies Show E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

While detractors may declare otherwise, science is showing that e-cigs are a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products. By Gregory Conley, Research Fellow, Heartland Institute For years, advocates for smoke-free alternatives, such as electronic cigarettes and other e-vapor products, have known that these products are effective at helping smokers quit or dramatically reduce their cigarette

Why Customers Choose E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarette sales are surging. CSD partnered with Study Hall Research to go inside the minds of e-cigarette consumers to learn what motivates their tobacco purchases. By John Lofstock, Editor and Josh Tahan, Study Hall Research The prevalence of electronic cigarette usage amongst the general population is growing and analysts are predicting the category now

Meeting the Challenge

Aggressive pricing and eliminating product outages are two keys to maintaining cigarette sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Even as the buzz of e-cigarettes continues to grow, traditional cigarettes remain an essential product for the convenience store industry. However with increasing pressures from government and regulators, cigarette sales continue to decline with seemingly no let

FDA Offers Training Video On Tobacco Sales

Video to help retailers with vending machines or self-service displays comply with laws. FDA has released a new compliance training video for tobacco retailers pertaining to impersonal modes of tobacco sales, such as vending machines or self-service displays. The video explains the restrictions associated with impersonal modes of sale of regulated tobacco products and will

Logic Continues Aggressive Growth

Moves toward No. 1 position in total U.S. dollar and unit shares. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database. All figures from the report continue to indicate that of the top three brands in the space, LOGIC is the only company that has experienced significant growth in

New Vaping Products

S&M Brands is showcasing its LEX12 expanded line of new vaping products nationwide. The lineup includes 16 flavors of e-liquid bottles with a slender extended applicator tip for easy e-liquid use. Each LEX12 e-liquid bottle is available in five nicotine strengths: 0%, 0.6%, 1.2%, 1.8% and 2.4%. Flavors include the popular LEX12 Classic Tobacco, Menthol

First Connected E-Cig

Smokio is the first electronic cigarette that monitors a user’s vaping consumption via a mobile app.  Smokio pairs with an app to help cigarette smokers improve their health and track the benefits of going tobacco-less.  Using Bluetooth Smart, the latest Bluetooth technology that doesn’t kill your battery, the app monitors your puffs, from duration to

Blu Tops in E-cig Sales

Lorillard remains category leader with continued strong c-store sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Lorillard Inc.’s (LO) popular blu e-cigarette continues to garner strong sales, retaining its No. 1 spot in the c-store channel. Lorillard garnered 42.0% $ share in the recent period ended June 7, according to data from Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Logic

FDA Extends Comment Period on Deeming Regulation

Comment period on tobacco regulations extended to Aug. 8, 2014. The Food & Drug Administration(FDA) , which has released a proposed deeming regulation that would affect cigars and other tobacco products, has agreed to extend its comment period by 30 days, to Aug. 8, the Cigar Association of America (CAA) reported. In late April, FDA

R.J. Reynolds To Begins National VUSE Rollout

VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette to hit stores nationwide on June 23. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. will expand distribution of its VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette nationally beginning June 23. Selected retail outlets across the country will be carrying VUSE as of that date, and additional stores will be added to the distribution throughout the rest of

Chicago Tobacco Flavoring Restriction to Take Effect

The rule does not apply to retail tobacco stores that derive more than 80% of gross revenue from the sale of tobacco products. A Chicago ordinance banning the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of a school goes into effect on July 15, 2014, the Cigar Association of America (CAA) reported. The ordinance

CAA: No Fast Movement Expected on Rockefeller CHIP Bill

Unlikely that CHIP bill will pass in 2014, CAA says. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced yesterday the Children’s Health Care Insurance Program Extension Act of 2014, a bill that would extend CHIP through 2019, The Cigar Association of America (CAA) reported. CAA has been preparing for CHIP legislation, and noted it does not believe Rockefeller’s

Smokeless Sales Stay Strong

Smokeless tobacco remains a robust category amid growing e-cigarette performers. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As sales continue to lead the other-tobacco-products (OTP) category ahead of cigars and e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco represents a major opportunity for convenience stores going forward. With cigarette volume declining in c-stores and vape shops stealing business with electronic nicotine devices,

Training Key to Boosting Accessory Sales

Though the category offers high margins and caters to loyal customers, tobacco accessories often go unnoticed by store employees. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Lighters, rolling papers and e-cigarette accessories offer convenience stores the opportunity to upsell customers at the counter. Unfortunately, the large majority of convenience store employees get little to no training when

Put A Twist In Your Summer

Swisher Sweets continues its limited edition cigarillo line with Swisher Sweets Summer Twist. Don’t miss out on this sweet lemon-mango taste. Now shipping to stores Swisher Sweets Summer Twist comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. Summer Twist will be available in “2 for 99¢”and “Save on 2” options. This edition