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AWMA CEO Testifies At FDA TPSAC Meeting

“If  menthol  cigarettes  have  the  same  health  effects  as  non‐menthol  cigarettes,  how  can  the  federal  government  justify  a  ban  of  menthol  cigarettes?” questions AWMA CEO. AWMA President and CEO Scott Ramminger testified before the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) on March 17, as the Committee decides whether or not to recommend a ban on

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FDA Launches Spanish Web site To Aid Tobacco Compliance

Retailers can now find Spanish-language tools and tips on complying with FDA rules. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) has released a new Spanish-language Web site (fda.gov/tabaco) to  connect Spanish-speaking retailers and consumers to credible, science-based information and resources. The FDA noted that minority communities have the highest prevalence of

Dean's Heavy Weight Cigars

Heavy Weights

Like all Dean’s cigars and pipe tobaccos, Dean’s new Heavy Weights cigars, a product of M & R Holdings, contain only the highest-quality tobacco. Heavy Weights are the same size as the company’s 2003 release—its 100mm Dean’s Large Cigars—containing slow-burning, air-cured burley filler and 100% homogenized tobacco wrapper. Both filter-tipped cigar brands come in nine

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Renewed Optimism for Cigars

Amid the chaos of legislation and taxation, convenience store retailers remain optimistic they can retain OTP customers and even pick up some new ones trading down from cigarettes. By: Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. Not much been predictable about the tobacco category over the past 18 months. Huge taxes increases have renewed questions about just how

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FDA Enforcement Has Started, What Should You Do?

The We Card Program offers seven steps c-store retailers need to take right now. By: Doug Anderson, President, The We Card Program. Before FDA regulations took effect, it was enough to prevent an underage tobacco sale. The question, “Is this customer old enough to buy tobacco?” ruled the day. That way of thinking falls short

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Premium E-Cigarette

Kretek International Inc. offers a new line of CIG2O e-cigarette products. The CIG2O rechargeable water vapor cigarette was developed in the U.S. for Kretek by Spark Industries. CIG2O e-cigarettes were successfully launched in smoke shops early in 2010. The strength of adult consumer response led to the current nationwide roll out. The initial product line

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New White Grape Cigarillos

Swisher International has introduced a new white grape flavor to its lineup of Swisher Sweets Cigars. The white grape flavor offers customers a mild-sweet taste, smooth flavor and an excellent aroma. These new cigarillos are individually wrapped in the company’s sealed-fresh foil wrapping and come in a variety of packaging—Bonus Box 60s, 25-count impulse units

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TPE 2011 Kicks Off in Las Vegas

E-cigarettes are a big trend on the show floor, with several new manufacturers showcasing electronic products. The Tobacco Plus Expo International (TPE) opened in Las Vegas on March 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, bringing together a broad array of tobacco, tobacco products and accessories under one roof. On the show floor, the major

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Lorillard Sues FDA

“We are taking this action reluctantly after the FDA failed to constitute the committee in accordance with the law and failed to properly address legitimate concerns regarding fairness and impartiality,” says Lorillard’s senior vice president. Lorillard Inc. today filed suit to stop Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from receiving or relying on recommendations from its

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Seizing Smokeless Opportunities

The tobacco customer is changing, along with consumers’ product options, which is driving  optimism for a strong 2011. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Eric Choncko is a 31-year-old locomotive engineer living in North Texas. He also is a regular snuff user and a core convenience store customer. He chose that tobacco product over cigarettes several

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Rotten Robbie Co-brands With Smoker Friendly

Smoker Friendly International has signed Rotten Robbie convenience chain based in Santa Clara, Calif., as an authorized dealer. Rotten Robbie is co-branding with Smoker Friendly in its tobacco category and is set to be the exclusive retailer for SF/Smoker Friendly private label tobacco products in its 34-store chain, in that region of northern California. Rotten

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Innovation And Leadership In 2011

Click on an image to enlarge or click here to download as on PDF file. As we enter the New Year, I am excited about the many opportunities the Swedish Match portfolio will offer our valued customers and consumers. Swedish Match takes pride in being the industry leader when it comes to innovation and bringing

Electronic cigarettes are  just one of the new products  that retailers should consider  when updating their product mix for 2011.

Embracing a Fresh Perspective

The New Year offers convenience store owners an opportunity to evaluate  their product mix to ensure they are meeting their customers’ needs. The bells have chimed, the ball has dropped and 2011 is now a reality. Happy New Year to all of you. Every New Year starts with hope and a sense of wonderment as

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TPE 2011 Exceeding Expectations

Tobacco Plus Expo has the reputation of being the ultimate tobacco trade show experience for the tobacco industry. Bigger and better than ever, TPE 2011 promises to live up to that reputation. The show features a fabulous array of more than 150 exhibitors and conference sessions that focus on building business. This year’s not-to-be-missed trade

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Premium E-Cigarette

Kretek International Inc. offers a new line of CIG2O e-cigarette products. The CIG2O rechargeable water vapor cigarette was developed in the U.S. for Kretek by Spark Industries. CIG2O e-cigarettes were successfully launched in smoke shops early in 2010. The strength of adult consumer response led to the current nationwide roll out. The initial product line

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Slide-Top Box

Swisher International has created an innovative new slide-top package for its Swisher Sweets Filter Tip Cigars. The hard-pack design is intended to provide protection while also offering easy, slide-top access to the filtered cigars. Each pack contains 16 cigars with two eight-cigar, individually foil-wrapped sections. This helps ensure that the cigars retain their original freshness

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The Future of Cigarette Retailing

With graphic new warning labels destined for individual packages and higher tobacco prices, retailers are facing a harsh new reality. On November 10, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled 36 graphic warning label images, one of which will be selected to go on every cigarette package no later than Sept. 22, 2012.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Convenience store operators must take the time to observe how their competitors are marketing tobacco. In most of the presentations I have given over the past few years, I challenge my participants to take the time to understand how their business is doing, but to also make sure to check on the competition. After all,

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Discount Tobacco City Takes on the FDA

When a number of major tobacco companies, including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Conwood Co. LLC, Commonwealth Brands Inc., Lorillard Inc. and National Tobacco Co., decided to take on the federal government’s ban on tobacco advertising, they were looking for one retailer to step up and join the fight. They got their wish when Frank Hinton,

Harm Reduction: The Voice of Reason

Despite all the naysayers, safer tobacco products are a reality convenience  store owners should embrace. Great strides have been made within the last year to introduce new tobacco products that would, from my perspective, reduce harm when compared with traditional cigarettes. I must say, though, that I would have never thought the quest for harm

The Night They Burned Tobacco Down

Increases on cigarettes have put the category’s long-term viability in jeopardy. By Jim Callahan, Convenience Store Solutions I recently saw a statistic that declared tobacco was no longer king in convenience stores. While that is not yet true for most of us, it’s about to become an indisputable fact. The entire country now gets to

A Section for What?

Embracing alternative smoking products is a trend the industry should not ignore.   Often I am asked what I would do if I was a tobacco category manager today as I peered into the future. Simply, I would practice good sound category management. I would look at what products meet my consumer’s needs in the

Steppin’ into Spring and Springing into Summerby Jim Callahan, Convenience Solutions

I recently read a great quote attributed to a one time door-to-door sales person and lately more recognizable as founder of the billion-dollar company that bears her name, Mary Kay Cosmetics. Mary Kay Ash said, “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as

Staying Alive: Planning to Thrive!by Jim Callahan, Convenience Solutions

Staying Alive: Planning to Thrive! Staying Alive is both the title of an old disco tune, as well as a description of the challenge that today’s c-store operators face. C-store growth in numbers as well as quality continues unabated. I certainly don’t have all the answers about staying relevant, but I have some very interesting

Negotiation Practices for Small C-Store Chainsby Jim Callahan, Convenience Solutions

The sweet science of obtaining a better deal than was offered! To compete with the big chains more effectively, you’ve got to be able to buy better, which is obviously much more difficult for a smaller chain, even more so for the single store operator. But in reality it’s much easier than you might think

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