Convenience Store Decisions » Tobacco http://www.csdecisions.com Convenience Store Community and News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:31:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 TVECA Weighs In On The Safety of E-Cigs on Planes http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/19/tveca-weighs-safety-e-cigs-planes/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/19/tveca-weighs-safety-e-cigs-planes/#respond Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:06:44 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53505 Some point fingers at lithium-ion batteries in e-cigs as a fire hazard, but laptop computers contain the same batteries. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After the New York Times reported that airport officials were asking the Transportation Department to classify e-cigarettes as hazardous materials after an e-cig allegedly caused a bag to smolder and be

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E-Cigarettes Facing Scrutiny After Jet Incident http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/18/e-cigarettes-facing-scrutiny-jet-incident/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/18/e-cigarettes-facing-scrutiny-jet-incident/#respond Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:04:26 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53483 After a bag begins smoldering, officials consider adding e-cigs to banned items on airplanes. After a smoldering bag was removed from a JetBlue flight bound for Buffalo last week, it appears an e-cigarette could be to blame. The incident has caused airport officials to ask the Transportation Department to consider classifying e-cigarettes as hazardous materials,

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LOGIC Captures No. 1 http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/14/logic-captures-1/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/14/logic-captures-1/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:39:46 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53442 As electronic cigarettes gain popularity among consumers, LOGIC Technology is topping its competitors. By CSD Staff Just a little over a year into his job as president of LOGIC Technology Development LLC, Miguel Martin has been about results. The latest is a surely noteworthy. The latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database, indicating that the brand

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Logic Expands Into Canada http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/12/logic-expands-canada/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/12/logic-expands-canada/#respond Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:17:36 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53382 The No. 2 electronic cigarette company in the U.S. extends international distribution. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced plans for international retail distribution in Canada. Through a partnership with Hilary’s Salesmaster Inc., LOGIC’s line of electronic cigarettes will be brought to more than 30,000 accounts operated by the distributor nationwide. LOGIC holds the

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CAA Submits Comments On FDA Proposed Regulations http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/08/caa-submits-comments-fda-proposed-regulations/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/08/caa-submits-comments-fda-proposed-regulations/#respond Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:14:56 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53358 “Our message to the FDA is that when it comes to regulating the cigar industry, fairness means flexibility,” said CAA president. Arguing for regulations that reflect “the unique character of the cigar industry,” the Cigar Association of America (CAA), the national trade association representing cigar manufacturers, importers, distributors, and other suppliers, has submitted comments on

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Cigars Face Uncertain Future http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/cigars-face-uncertain-future/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/cigars-face-uncertain-future/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:31:37 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53302 The c-store industry continues to monitor the FDA’s deeming rules regarding cigars and what it means going forward. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The federal government’s recent decisions concerning tobacco products, specifically cigars, underscore the need for vigilance and involvement on the part of convenience store operators, not just to maintain category sales, but to

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Western Refining Adds Victory Brand E-Cigs http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/04/western-refining-adds-victory-brand-e-cigs/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/04/western-refining-adds-victory-brand-e-cigs/#respond Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:41:21 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53226 Western’s 230 c-stores and gas stations to offer the product. Western Refining convenience stores, with 230 locations throughout the Southwest U.S. has added Electronic Cigarettes International Group Ltd.’s Victory Brand Electronic Cigarettes. The stores already carry Electronic Cigarettes International Group’s (ECIG) FIN brand, and made the decision to also bring in ECIG’s Victory brand based

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CAA Receives 2014 Best of Washington Award http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/01/caa-receives-2014-best-washington-award/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/01/caa-receives-2014-best-washington-award/#respond Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:13:42 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53214 Honored for exceptional marketing success in the local community and business category. The Cigar Association of America (CAA) has been selected for the 2014 Best of Washington Award in the Trade Associations category by the Washington Award Program. Each year, the Washington Award Program identifies companies and organizations that have achieved exceptional marketing success in

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Introducing Dutch http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/30/introducing-dutch/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/30/introducing-dutch/#respond Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:27:05 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53182 America’s iconic Dutch Masters brand is introducing “Dutch” by Dutch Masters for August distribution. Available in three unique fusion concepts—Mint Fusion, Berry Fusion and Java Fusion—Dutch is using the expertise at Dutch Masters to offer a unique pairing of tobacco blends and natural leaf wrappers. Ordering for these pouches specially marked at two-for-99 cents began

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On E-Cig Outlook http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/25/wells-fargo-weighs-e-cig-outlook/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/25/wells-fargo-weighs-e-cig-outlook/#respond Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:50:32 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53120 Altria takes number three spot, driven by MarkTen rollout. E-cig dollar sales declined (-12.9% in the period ending July 5, 2014), driven by net pricing decline of 13.4% and unit growth of 0.5%. Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported it is optimistic that national rollouts of MarkTen and Vuse could re-ignite category growth. Average equal price

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AATAC Partners With Smokio http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/24/aatac-partners-smokio/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/24/aatac-partners-smokio/#respond Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:02:52 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53104 New partnership supports company expansion in U.S. after significant success in Europe. Smokio, the world’s first connected electronic cigarette that synchronizes automatically with users’ smartphones, has partnered with Asian American Trade Association Council (AATAC), an organization designed to build partnerships between convenience stores and manufacturers. “We are very proud to partner with AATAC to be

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Cleveland Bans E-Cigarettes In Public Places http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/21/cleveland-bans-e-cigarettes-public-places/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/21/cleveland-bans-e-cigarettes-public-places/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:26:38 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53011 Smoking bans now also apply to electronic cigarettes. The Cleveland City Council, in a unanimous vote late Wednesday agreed to expand a 2011 ordinance against tobacco smoking in public places to e-cigarettes, IdeaStream reported. The Ohio-based city had already banned cigarette smoking in publicly-owned outdoor areas such as parks, community gardens, and within 150 feet

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The State of the Legal Marijuana Market http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/18/state-legal-marijuana-market/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/18/state-legal-marijuana-market/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:45:56 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52992 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,

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Designing a Foodservice Plan http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/17/designing-foodservice-plan/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/17/designing-foodservice-plan/#respond Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:40:24 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52927 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

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Spark Industries to Distribute Cig2O Premium Vapor Direct http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/16/spark-industries-distribute-cig2o-premium-vapor-direct/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/16/spark-industries-distribute-cig2o-premium-vapor-direct/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:50:09 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52814 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

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Reynolds To Buy Lorillard for $25 Billion http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/15/reynolds-buy-lorillard-25-billion/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/15/reynolds-buy-lorillard-25-billion/#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:32:02 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52770 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.

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Imperial Tobacco Acquisition To Transform Business http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/15/imperial-tobacco-acquisition-transform-business/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/15/imperial-tobacco-acquisition-transform-business/#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:03:08 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52775 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

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Reynolds, Lorillard Confirmed To Be In Talks Over Potential Merger http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/11/reynolds-lorillard-confirmed-talks-potential-merger/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/11/reynolds-lorillard-confirmed-talks-potential-merger/#respond Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:07:47 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52738 “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

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Kretek Welcomes New Western Region Sales Director http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/kretek-welcomes-new-western-region-sales-director/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/kretek-welcomes-new-western-region-sales-director/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:08:27 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52567 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

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22nd Century Group Announces U.S. Patent For Regulating Nicotine in Tobacco http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/22nd-century-group-announces-u-s-patent-regulating-nicotine-tobacco/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/22nd-century-group-announces-u-s-patent-regulating-nicotine-tobacco/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:22:30 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52515 “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

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CAA Defeats Anti-Cigar Measures in Pennsylvania, New Jersey http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/03/caa-defeats-anti-cigar-measures-pennsylvania-new-jersey/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/03/caa-defeats-anti-cigar-measures-pennsylvania-new-jersey/#respond Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52499 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

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Smoker Friendly Acquires Havana Manor Cigar Shop and Club http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/01/smoker-friendly-acquires-havana-manor-cigar-shop-club/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/01/smoker-friendly-acquires-havana-manor-cigar-shop-club/#respond Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:20:43 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52424 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

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Studies Show E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/30/studies-show-e-cigarettes-help-smokers-quit-2/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/30/studies-show-e-cigarettes-help-smokers-quit-2/#respond Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:29:11 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52413 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

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Why Customers Choose E-Cigarettes http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/30/customers-choose-e-cigarettes/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/30/customers-choose-e-cigarettes/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:11:01 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52406 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

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Meeting the Challenge http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/30/meeting-challenge/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/30/meeting-challenge/#respond Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:50:01 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52403 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

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FDA Offers Training Video On Tobacco Sales http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/30/fda-offers-training-video-tobacco-sales/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/30/fda-offers-training-video-tobacco-sales/#respond Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:45:17 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52395 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

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Logic Continues Aggressive Growth http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/26/logic-continues-aggressive-growth/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/26/logic-continues-aggressive-growth/#respond Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:29:07 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52365 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

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New Vaping Products http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/25/new-vaping-products/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/25/new-vaping-products/#respond Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:26:18 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52345 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

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First Connected E-Cig http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/25/first-connected-e-cig/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/25/first-connected-e-cig/#respond Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:49:01 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52355 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

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Blu Tops in E-cig Sales http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/25/blu-tops-e-cig-sales/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/25/blu-tops-e-cig-sales/#respond Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:06:11 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52323 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

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FDA Extends Comment Period on Deeming Regulation http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/23/fda-extends-comment-period-deeming-regulation/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/23/fda-extends-comment-period-deeming-regulation/#respond Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:07:03 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52237 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

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R.J. Reynolds To Begins National VUSE Rollout http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/18/r-j-reynolds-begins-national-vuse-rollout/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/18/r-j-reynolds-begins-national-vuse-rollout/#respond Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:46:11 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52187 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

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Chicago Tobacco Flavoring Restriction to Take Effect http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/17/chicago-tobacco-flavoring-restriction-take-effect/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/17/chicago-tobacco-flavoring-restriction-take-effect/#respond Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:32:43 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52152 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

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CAA: No Fast Movement Expected on Rockefeller CHIP Bill http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/13/caa-fast-movement-expected-rockefeller-chip-bill/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/13/caa-fast-movement-expected-rockefeller-chip-bill/#respond Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:58:57 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52133 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

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Smokeless Sales Stay Strong http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/10/smokeless-sales-stay-strong-3/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/06/10/smokeless-sales-stay-strong-3/#respond Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:13:38 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52083 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,

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