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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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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Cheyenne International Gets New Logo, Website

Branding initiative reflects Cheyenne’s continued commitment to wholesale and retail customers. Cheyenne International launched its new corporate logo, making this the first change in its visual identity since the company’s inception in 2002. Using an updated version of the company’s iconic sun, a brighter color and new defined elements, the logo now better reflects the

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New Year = New Regulations

C-stores face more restrictions and taxes on cigarettes in 2018. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor As of Jan. 1, smokers in Aspen, Colo., are paying $3 more per pack of cigarettes than they did last month. Also, Oregonians must now be 21 in order to purchase any type of tobacco products in the state.

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TPE 2018 To Draw Retailers to Las Vegas this January

The first and largest industry event of the year promises to offer  opportunities for all attendees. A must-attend event of the year, on Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2018, TPE 2018 is bringing together the industry’s best of the best. From timing and location, to vendors, products, informational sessions, and exclusive deals, the show is a smart

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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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Party in Paradise

Mangos just became a little sweeter with the limited edition twist on Swisher Sweets’ classic mango cigarillos. Swisher Sweets Limited Edition Boozy Mango cigarillos pair the ever-popular mango with the tropical sweetness of guava. Swisher Sweets Boozy Mango is available for a limited time in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee and […]

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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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