NATO Asks FDA to Extend Comment Period on Three ANPRM

Time needed to gather data, research and information that the agency is seeking on all three issues will take industry members, including NATO, longer than 90 days, NATO says.   The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) submitted formal comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for each of three Advanced Notice of

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Balancing the OTP Category

Will smokeless tobacco be able to capitalize on reduced-risk classification? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Last year, convenience store owners and operators along with other tobacco retailers were forced to empty out several slots of their smokeless tobacco racks because of a nationwide recall issued by the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USST), an operating

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Mississippi Tobacco Tax Hits Skids

Proposed cigarette tax would hurt state’s convenience retailers. With just a few days in the 2018 regular session, an effort by Mississippi lawmakers to raise tobacco taxes is almost dead. Senate Bill 3048, which could have been used to raise taxes, died when the House Ways and Means Committee didn’t take it up before a recent

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Recharging the E-Cigarette Market

Interest and speculation abound about the future of heat-not-burn products but for now rechargeable e-cigs are in high demand. Approximately one year ago, Philip Morris International (PM), parent company of Altria Group Inc., submitted a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) application to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its heat-not-burn iQOS brand, in

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Lighters Remain Tops in Accessories

Late last year, Calico Brands Inc. announced a new line of lighters. The Scripto Ultima is being promoted as a premium pocket lighter with a designer touch. Individuals can dress up the device with different wraps. Functionally, it offers many of the standard features found with other pocket lighters. The new offering is another example

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RYO Holds Its Own

The fortunes of the roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco market are tied to a disarming number of factors, ranging from the overall health of the economy to cigarette taxes, age restrictions, competition from tobacco outlets and dollar stores, available shelf space and consumer migration to other tobacco products. Tim Greene, general manager and category director-tobacco for Smoker

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Cigarettes Battle for Sales

Cigarette sales last year behaved exactly as analysts predicted: volumes dropped month after month and manufacturers boosted prices each month to compensate. This strategy helped minimize losses for the category. However, indications suggest the approach may be showing signs of weakening in 2018. According to IRI, cigarette sales in convenience stores fell by 0.5% for

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Cigars Stay on Course

Over the past year cigars continued to help boost the other tobacco products category at convenience stores. Inexpensive two- and three-cigar packs made up less than 1% of cigar sales in 2008, but by 2015 this packaging style held 40% of the retail market share. Black & Mild and Swisher Sweets dominate the convenience store

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FDA Requests Comments on Tobacco Flavors

NATO outlines the FDA’s request for information and how retailers can participate. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking input from the public and the tobacco industry on proposed rule making related to flavors in tobacco products, according to a report by the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO). On July 28, 2017,

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Vaping Not Out of Flavor

Experts predict a CAGR of 23.6% for closed vaping systems by 2021. A few years ago, it seemed as if new flavors, from fruity to dessert to tropical, were being introduced every week. Nowadays, the preferred vaping product is the more diminutive pod mod. Pod mods can be either open systems in which users add

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Premium E-liquid

BANTAM Vape has launched its first five premium e-liquids, all in the Strawberry family, and all meticulously crafted to deliver the clean punch of flavor true vape enthusiasts have been dying for. After three years of development, BANTAM’s flavor scientists with over 60 years of combined experience, are excited to release this inaugural line. Among […]

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Smokeless Recovers from Recall

After recovering from product recalls, the smokeless category is once again thriving at c-stores.  When the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co., a division of Philip Morris International’s Altria Group, issued a nationwide recall of several Copenhagen, Skoal, Cope and Husky products last year, retailers weren’t sure how consumers would react, and how long the category would

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No Changes to FDA Regulations in Federal Funding Bill

NATO outlines what this means for cigars and the tobacco industry. Congress’ omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year 2018 did not include language to exempt premium cigars from FDA regulations, nor did it change the FDA Deeming Regulation predicate/grandfather date from Feb. 15, 2007 to Aug. 8, 2016, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO)

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NJOY Welcomes New Vice President of Sales & Distribution

Dustin Snyder looks to increase density of NJOY’s 50-state brick-and-mortar distribution. NJOY has appointed Dustin Snyder vice president of sales & distribution. Snyder will oversee all of the company’s distribution & retail sales-related functions, including leadership of NJOY’s experienced and talented sales group. He will report directly to company CEO, Doug Teitelbaum. “I am really

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Quality E-Juice

The true value of a product is determined by how it makes people feel. And to date, e-cigarette products have made roughly 9 million people feel strong by helping them live a better lifestyle. A pioneer in the e-cigarette industry, Mt Baker Vapor knows what a quality product is and what it can do. With […]

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Vaping Kit

REV GTS Kit V.2 has finally arrived. Now customers can enjoy these mods with tanks in matching colors in one kit. Better looking and with a clear screen, the product now comes with a 510 screw in the middle and upgradeable new firmware. It also features VTC &VPC to customize your vape style. With REV […]

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Next-Generation E-Vapor Device

blu has introduced myblu, which addresses a void that adult smokers and vapers have long been seeking to fill, by delivering strong performance in a sleek and compact closed system—with none of the hassle. In maintaining key attributes of the blu brand, including its notoriously simplistic and convenient usability, myblu merges innovation, power and performance […]

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TPE 2018 Wraps Up in Las Vegas

The tobacco, vapor and alternative industries’ first big event of the year exceeds expectations. Giving the new year a solid start, TPE 2018 brought the entire tobacco, vapor and alternative industries together for a very successful buying, selling and learning tradeshow. The two-day event was expanded this year by NATO’s Industry Outlook 2018, which was

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blu Launches myblu E-Vapor Device

Pre-filled pod system aims to revolutionize vaping experience. blu, a supplier in the electronic cigarette industry has introduced the newest addition to its product lineup: myblu. A next-generation e-vapor device, myblu addresses a void that adult smokers and vapers have long been seeking to fill, by delivering strong performance in a sleek and compact closed

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NJOY Joins Fight Against FDA Rules

Asks Court to reverse ruling citing the First Amendment. NJOY LLC, a company that develops, imports and distributes electronic nicotine delivery products, has asked a court to reverse a lower court’s decision that blocks e-cigarette companies from truthfully describing their products to consumers, on the grounds that it violates the First Amendment of the U.S.

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Tobacco Alternatives Heat Up

The popularity of pod devices and the growing buzz around heat-not-burn products have primed the e-cig/vaping category for a profitable start to the new year. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Philip Morris International (PMI)’s recent announcement was surprising: “We’re trying to give up cigarettes” on display in newspaper ads in the United Kingdom. The

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Tropical Flavor

Take a trip to the Hawaiian Islands with the vibrant tropical taste of pineapples in Swisher Sweets Limited Edition Maui Pineapple. Zesty, fruity blends continue to be a customer favorite and there’s no doubt that this sweet and satisfying pineapple blend will be too. Swisher Sweets Maui Pineapple is available for order in a resealable […]

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Puffing up Cigar Sales

Innovation in flavors and packaging are helping energize what was formerly a stodgy tobacco category. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor While some other tobacco product sales have been somewhat flat in the last quarter, convenience store cigar promotions continue to ignite consumer loyalty. Once considered a stodgy segment, the cigar market has become increasingly innovative,

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TPSAC Weighs in on Philip Morris’ IQOS Product

Wells Fargo notes that despite NO votes, chances for FDA approval of the modified risk product application are still “good.” Philip Morris International (PM) lost two important U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) committee votes on its smoke-free device this week, but Wells Fargo remains optimistic that the product’s MRTP application could receive approval because

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Banana Smash Cigarillos

The popular bold, yet sweet blend of banana and strawberry is back, but this time it is here to stay. The perfect fruit blend of Swisher Sweets Banana Smash cigarillos has been so popular that it is no longer a limited edition product, but available for purchase year-round. Swisher Sweets Banana Smash is available for […]

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