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Cigarettes Remain Dominant in C-Stores

Cigarettes have long been a staple at U.S. convenience stores, accounting for billions in pack and carton sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket. For 2012, total cigarette sales in convenience stores totaled more than $52 billion, down a slight 1.68%. Units sold slipped 2.05% to 8.75 billion. While sales may

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Taking Back the RYO Business

It has been a wild 12 months for the roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco segment, but the good news for convenience store retailers is that legislation passed in 2012 will actually help the industry hold onto to its RYO market share. In the wake of the 2009 shift in tax rates, pipe tobacco is taxed at a

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Side-Open Pouch Design

Optimo Cigarillos are now easier to remove from the pouch. Engineers at Swisher International have completely redesigned the cigar pouch with an industry-first, side-open pouch design. Simply use the easy-tear notch to open the foil package length-wise versus at the top or bottom. The new foil pouch locks in the freshness to ensure every cigar

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Captain Black Cigarillos

Scandinavian Tobacco Group presents Captain Black Cigarillos. These aromatic cigarillos are packed with exciting flavors that are consistent throughout the entire smoking experience. Captain Black Cigarillos are packaged in a contemporary design that is as “cool” as the consumers that will smoke them. The cigarillos are available in a three-pack foil pouch and singles. Captain

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Honey Berry Singles

The Backwoods brand of all-natural tobacco cigars is introducing what is expected to be another winner for adult tobacco consumers and retailers alike: Backwoods Honey Berry Singles. The offering, launched in c-stores in January, features convenience, freshness and all-natural tobacco. “It is the most successful natural wrapper cigar introduced in the last 30 years,” according

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New Washington Pipe Tobacco

Republic Tobacco has introduced Washington Pipe Tobacco. Available in Regular, Menthol and Gold medium and large bags, the new blend is a flavorful combination of premium tobaccos with a smooth, mellow taste. With Washington, retailers can satisfy the demand for a great pipe tobacco at a revolutionary low price.  This winning combination will provide consumers

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Former U.S. Surgeon General Joins NJOY

Dr. Richard Carmona joins NJOY’s Board of Directors. NJOY has announced that Dr. Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, has been appointed a member of NJOY’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee. Carmona was nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate as the 17th

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FDA Will Not Appeal Decision On Cigarette Graphic Warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services do not plan to appeal a District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued last August that invalidated the FDA’s graphic cigarette health warnings, the National Association for Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported.   The news came via

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Bloomberg Proposes Cigarette Display Ban

Tom Briant, executive director and legal counsel for the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), told CSD that New York City’s proposal “infringes on a retailer’s free-speech rights.” Just a week after his soft drink ban failed, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has embarked on a new proposal to ban cigarettes and tobacco from

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Dressed To Stand Out

Wave Collection aims to diversify the discount cigarette category and satisfy adult customers with its rich, smooth flavor and stylish packs. Wave Collection’s design is a new addition to the brand family and will be available in California, Louisiana, and Kentucky during the second quarter 2013. Collection complements the brand’s premium quality American blend tobacco.

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NATO Provides Tobacco Tax Legislation Update

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets has released an update on state tobacco legislation, including the introduction of new legislative bills since Feb. 25, 2013 that seek to increase or decrease cigarette and/or tobacco tax rates.  The update did not include unofficial media announcements that various state governors may propose to raise cigarette and/or tobacco

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Kretek Grows OTP Segment

Imports three authentic Swedish snus brands. Kretek International Inc. has announced its entry into the North American snus market with three Swedish brands, each with its own unique taste profile and style.  Each brand is extra-fine cut and shelf-stable in pouched and loose forms.  The three brands are THUNDER Xtreme, a premium brand in four

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Pilot Food Stores Hosts V2 Cigs Pilot Sampling Program

Program seeks to educate existing customers. V2 Cigs, an electronic cigarette, has pioneered a multi-channel sampling program that has e-cig companies following suit in the race for highly competitive retail space. Amid the explosive growth of electronic cigarettes, the V2 Cigs model has emerged as the industry standard. On Jan. 12, 2013, V2 Cigs was

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LOGIC Names Director of Key Accounts

E-cig category expert Chris Colón to oversee expansion of LOGIC Electronic Cigarettes at U.S. retailers. LOGIC Technology, developers of the premium electronic cigarette, has announced the addition of Chris Colónto its key executive team. In his role as national director of key accounts, Chris will establish and manage new accounts and oversee existing ones with

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CDC Releases E-Cig Stats

About one in five U.S. adult cigarette smokers have tried an electronic cigarette. In 2011, about 21% of adults who smoke traditional cigarettes had used electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, up from about 10% in 2010, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall, about 6% of

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Red Buck Soft Tip Cigars

Tantus Tobacco presents new Red Buck Soft Tipped Cigars.  The cigars measure  8.9millimeter in diameter x 110millimeter in length and 4.5-pounds or more per thousand.  Two flavors are available in seven count packs: Pipe Tobacco Sweet Tip and Wine Pipe Tobacco.  Four flavors are available in 10 count packs: Full Flavor, Menthol, Cherry, and Blueberry.

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Dutch Masters Introducing Sweet Cigarillos

The iconic Dutch Master’s cigar brand is adding Sweet Cigarillo to its line-up of Natural Leaf wrapped cigarillos. Cigarillo shipments within the Dutch Masters brands are outperforming the industry and the introduction of a Sweet, a top-seller within the category, is drawing a lot of attention to this heritage brand. “The Dutch Masters brand is

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Building a Profitable Cigar Business

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FDA Announces New Director of Center for Tobacco Products

Deyton steps down and Zeller takes the helm. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Dr. Lawrence Deyton is stepping down as director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, the National Association for Tobacco Outlest (NATO) reported.  Deyton is assuming new duties at the George Washington University School of Medicine and

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States Propose Cigarette and Tobacco Tax Changes

Six states look to either increase or decrease taxes on tobacco products. A number of new legislative bills proposed since Feb. 12, 2013 are seeking to alter cigarette and/or tobacco tax rates, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets noted. The following has been proposed: Hawaii:  House Bill No. 657 and Senate Bill No. 492 would

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New Fresh Seal Packaging

Camel SNUS will introduce new Fresh Seal packaging on Feb. 25. The Camel SNUS Fresh Seal packaging ensures the freshness and flavor adult tobacco consumers have come to expect from this premium product, without refrigeration. This packaging transformation incorporates a thinner, easier-to-carry tin, and offers new opportunities to broaden awareness and trial among adult tobacco

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R.J. Reynolds Debuts New Website

Content to reflect the company’s strategic framework around tobacco harm reduction, commercial integrity and youth tobacco prevention. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s non-corporate Website intended to educate wholesalers and retailers on tobacco tax issues, www.nocigtax.com, has officially been transformed.  The new website will be named http://www.transformtobacco.com/. In addition to the name change, the structure and content

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Swisher International Launches New Premium Cigar Division

Hires industry veteran, Alex Goldman. Swisher International has announced that Alex Goldman has joined the company as president of Royal Gold Cigars, a new premium cigar division. Goldman’s tenure began on Jan. 2, 2013, to spearhead the division specifically created to build upon his extensive industry experience. “Alex’s leadership of House of Oxford/Mom’s Cigars as

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Oregon Proposes Prescriptions For Cigarettes

A new bill in the Oregon Legislature would mark nicotine as a controlled substance. Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) has filed a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would group nicotine in the same category as ketamine, making it illegal to possess the addictive substance without a doctor’s note, Willamete Week (WW) reported. House Bill 2077

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Legislative Update on Cigarette Graphic Warning Labels

Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), discussed the future of cigarette retailing in convenience stores. By John Lofstock, Editor. While cigarettes have long been a staple at U.S. convenience stores, accounting for millions in pack and cartons sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket, it remains

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