FDA Forms Nicotine Steering Committee

Committee to look at nicotine replacement therapy products as well as the FDA’s overall approach to nicotine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created new ‘Nicotine Steering Committee,’ which will be tasked with re-evaluating and modernizing FDA’s approach to development and regulation of nicotine replacement therapy products that help smokers quit. FDA explained

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Figuring Out the Future of Tobacco

While some segments such as smokeless remain steadfast, the dynamics surrounding other tobacco products—including vape—are changing in part because of manufacturers’ aspirations to get their offerings to market. By Steve Sandman The largest single category in c-stores—tobacco—is changing faster than many of us may realize. Given the speed of technology today and the advances in

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FDA Introduces ‘This is Our Watch’ Retailer Education Program

Program aims to help retailers reduce tobacco sales to minors. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Center for Tobacco Products is launching a national retailer education program designed to prevent and reduce tobacco sales to minors. FDA noted that tobacco retailers play a direct and critical role in reducing the overall health burden of

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Swisher Sweets, Sunbelt Expo Recognize Southeastern Farmer of the Year

Robert Mills, Jr. offers himself as an example for young people who face long odds in reaching their goals. Robert Mills, Jr., a first generation farmer who grows tobacco and raises beef cattle and pullet breeder chickens near Callands, Va., has been selected as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of

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New York Bans Vaping Indoors

E-cigarettes cannot be used in areas where traditional cigarettes are prohibited. The state of New York plans to ban the use of electronic cigarettes indoors where traditional tobacco cigarettes are prohibited, effective in 30 days. USA Today reported that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Clean Indoor Air Act on Monday, Oct. 23, setting the law

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TPE, NATO Join Forces in 2018

Three-day event creates a powerhouse destination for everything tobacco. NATO’s Industry Outlook and TPE 2018, the first big buying tradeshow of the year for the tobacco + industry, are combining their efforts in 2018 in Las Vegas. Known for offering insights on market trends and current legislation, the NATO Industry Outlook will now be co-located

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Swisher International Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Peter Ghiloni, to retire as CEO. Swisher International Inc.’s President and CEO, Peter Ghiloni, plans to retire at the end of 2018 after 34 years with the Company and more than 45 years in the tobacco industry. John Miller has been appointed president of Swisher, effective Jan. 1, 2018, as part of the Company’s succession

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blu Introduces ‘Something Better’ Campaign

Stories and spoofs showcase life with blu. blu, a pioneer in the electronic cigarette industry, has launched a new U.S. advertising campaign, entitled “Something Better.” Since its start in 2009, blu has followed an unwavering mission of creating quality products for adult consumers that fit their individual lifestyles. Aligned with its character as a brand

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Vapor Innovation

Rapidly become an e-cig category leader, JUUL is the simply satisfying vapor experience designed for adult smokers. JUUL is on the forefront of vapor innovation with its unique satisfaction profile, simple interface and variety of flavors.
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Cigarettes Face Local Legislators

The cigarette category remains important to total convenience store sales—and still too conspicuous for regulators to ignore. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Cigarettes continue to be a c-store staple, despite the proliferation of local ordinances aimed at restricting the category. According to Information Resources Inc. (IRI), for the 52-week period ending Aug. 13, 2017, the

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Swisher International Promotes Sales Executives

Changes to take effect Oct. 1, 2017. Swisher International Inc. has announced the promotion of three of its most successful sales executives. Dean Simmons, field vice president of National Accounts, will become Swisher’s new vice president of sales; a position previously held by Bill Dunn. Joe Curoe, vice president of the West, will take his

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Is the FDA Coming After Menthol Cigarettes?

After the FDA announced plans to open a comment period on menthol, a number of senators pen letter urging the agency to ban menthol cigarette sales. A number of Democratic senators are taking a stand against menthol cigarettes and imploring the FDA to take action. U.S. Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, (D-Mass) appealed to

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Wells Fargo Anticipates Cigarette Price Increase

Could the next cigarette price increase appear this September? Convenience store retailers should expect the next cigarette price increase to arrive sooner than the normal November cycle, according to a report by Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Wells Fargo conducted a survey of its tobacco retailer and wholesaler contacts representing approximately 60,000 U.S. convenience stores to

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Cigars Fend Off Challengers

Cigars remain a popular c-store category, but like other tobacco products, are targeted by taxes, community bans and age restrictions pushed by state and local legislators. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor According to market research firm Information Resources Inc. (IRI), convenience store sales of cigars totaled $2.9 billion for the 52-week period ending June 11,

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Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival Celebrates Eighth Year

More than 2,000 customers and over 100 vendors are expected to attend. Boulder, Colo.-based tobacco retailer Smoker Friendly announces that the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is set to take place at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colo. on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival, now in its eighth year, has become

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Minneapolis Restricts Menthol Tobacco Sales

C-stores in the city must cease menthol tobacco sales. Minneapolis is set to restrict menthol tobacco, after the Minneapolis City Council approved limiting the sale of menthol tobacco to adult-only tobacco shops and liquor stores. According to a report in the Star Tribune, the ordinance adds to an existing citywide limit on flavored tobacco sales

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Despite Previous Veto, Maine Ups Smoking Age to 21

Maine joins California, Hawaii and New Jersey in increasing the tobacco purchase age. Maine will become the fourth state—following in the footsteps of California, Hawaii and New Jersey—to raise the smoking age to 21, after lawmakers overrode Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s veto. According to an article in The New York Times, lawmakers  passed the legislation,

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FDA Targets Nicotine Levels in Tobacco

Lowering the levels of nicotine in combustible cigarette products could adversely affect tobacco manufacturers. In a major regulatory shift, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Friday to its intention to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes while exploring measures to move smokers toward e-cigarettes. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb made the announcement. The FDA’s

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Kretek Becomes Exclusive Distributor of Fantasia Products

“Fantasia embodies Phillips & King’s long-standing value of quality,” says general manager of Phillips & King, a subsidiary of Kretek International Inc. Kretek International Inc., the nation’s largest importer, marketer and distributor of specialty tobacco products, will expand its portfolio on Aug. 1, 2017 to become the exclusive distributor of Fantasia products in the United

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Maine Keeps Tobacco Age at 18

Governor vetoed bill that looked to up tobacco purchase age to 21. Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that aimed to increase the tobacco purchase age to 21 in the state of Maine. According to a report by WGME News Online, lawmakers will return in early August to hold override votes. The anti-smoking

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New Jersey Ups Smoking Age

Effective Nov. 1, smokers must be 21 to purchase tobacco products in the state. New Jersey has become the third state to decide to increase its legal smoking age to 21, following in the footsteps of Hawaii and California. According to a report by CNN, Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill Friday, officially moving the

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Strawberry Kiwi Cigarillos

White Owl continues to expand upon the award-winning Limited Edition FoilFresh franchise to now include Strawberry Kiwi. The complementary flavors of sweet strawberries and tangy kiwis are paired perfectly for a fresh new flavor twist. White Owl Strawberry Kiwi Cigarillos are bursting with a delicious, fruity flavor and are now in season for a limited

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Shareholders Clear Way for BAT’s RAI Acquisition

RAI shareholders approve three proposals to move merger forward. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) announced that its shareholders have given their approval for the company’s acquisition by British American Tobacco p.l.c.’s (BAT). The transaction is expected to close on or about July 25, 2017, and once completed the merged company will be the world’s largest publicly-traded

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New Menthol Cigarette

As part of its commitment to offering smoking pleasure for adult smokers, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco’s Newport brand is now making its Newport Platinum styles available nationally. Newport Platinum styles offer adult smokers a fresh take on Newport cigarettes with a refreshingly smooth menthol taste that is different from the traditional Newport family. Newport Platinum will

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Wells Fargo Talks San Francisco Menthol Ban

Retailers to feel biggest negative impact from the ban. Wells Fargo weighed in on the potential impact of San Francisco’s ban on menthol cigarettes and all flavored tobacco products, which is set to go into effect on April 1, 2018. While Wells Fargo noted the ban is a “significant historic event,” it said the ban

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