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Building a Better Cigar Business

Tracking the trends and stocking more flavored products can help convenience stores boost overall tobacco sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Delighted with cigars’ popularity growing among consumers, convenience store operators are taking steps to maximize sales and satisfy customers even as they keep a wary eye on federal and local regulations that could impact

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Altria To Acquire Green Smoke Inc.

Altria Group Inc. is set to acquire electronic cigarette company Green Smoke Inc. for about $110 million, ABC News reported. The Richmond, Va.-based owner of Philip Morris USA announced that the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter. The deal with Altria’s Nu Mark subsidiary also includes up to $20 million in incentive

LOGIC Captures No. 2 Spot in Total Dollar Share

Top three e-cigarette brands, including LOGIC, amount to 75% of the category as a whole. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the results of the latest unit share report from Nielsen’s C-Track Database and Wells Fargo Securities LLC, indicating LOGIC has claimed the No. 2 spot for dollar share in convenience stores nationwide,

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Taxation Taking a Toll on Cigarettes

Mounting restrictions on the retail sale of tobacco continues to plague this core convenience store category. By John Lofstock, Editor Long a staple of the convenience store industry, cigarettes remain a category in crisis. The rise of e-cigarettes and a never-ending spate of federal, state and local regulations have taken a toll on this once

Chicago Bans Indoor E-Cigarette Use

At Chicago convenience stores e-cigarettes must move behind the front counter. Following in the footsteps of New York City, Chicago has banned e-cigarette smoking in most indoor public places. The ordinance, passed 45-4 and will not only prohibit people from using e-cigarettes in restaurants, bars and most other indoor public places in the city, but

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New Electronic Cigarette Machine

Republic Tobacco has launched the new PoweRoll Electric King Size Cigarette Machine by Top-O-Matic. One-touch automatic operation combined with the quality and durability of the No. 1 selling Top-O-Matic line will take consumer approval and sales to new levels. It comes in its own carrying case complete with tamper and cleaning tools, instructions and a

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SFNTC Donates Former Facility To Boys & Girls Club

Oxford, N.C. manufacturing facility to serve as new headquarters for the Granville County organization. The Granville County Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central North Carolina (B&GCNCNC) will soon have a new home, thanks to a generous gift by Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. (SFNTC). SFNTC has donated its former manufacturing facility

Vapor World Expo To Debut Near Chicago

The first of its kind trade show is set for May 2014. TMG International has announced Vapor World Expo; an all vapor business-to-business conference and exposition that will take place in Rosemont, Ill. The expo is set for May 7-8, 2014at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, located just minutes from O’Hare International Airport, Chicago.

States Consider E-Cig Laws

Utah looks to raise the smoking age, while Wisconsin seeks to exempt e-cigs from the public smoking ban. On the heels of the New York City decision to ban e-cigarette use in public places, Utah and Wisconsin are putting forth state bills to handle e-cigarette consumption in different ways. A Wisconsin bill would exempt e-cigarettes

ECIG Denounces NY City Council Public Ban of E-Cigarette Use

Regulation banning the use of e-cigarettes in public venues lacks merit and evidential support, says the Electronic Cigarette Industry Group. The Electronic Cigarette Industry Group (ECIG), a non-profit association of consumers, manufacturers, importers and distributors of electronic cigarettes, has issued a statement in response to the decision by the City Council of New York City

NYC Council Bans Vaping in Public Places

E-cigarettes forced to adhere to the same smoking bans as traditional cigarettes. The New York City (NYC) Council passed major health and environmental regulations on Thursday, Dec. 19, forcing e-cigarettes to follow the public smoking rules that apply to e-cigarettes and banning plastic-foam foodservice containers, the New York Times reported. The proposal to include e-cigarettes

French Court Deals Potential Blow To E-Cigarettes

E-cigarette outlets could be forced to close if the ruling stands. A French court ruled Monday that tobacconists should have the exclusive right to sell electronic cigarettes and are subject to the same ban on advertising as tobacco products—a decision that disrupts the burgeoning e-cigarette industry and could set a precedent for other countries to

Wells Fargo Offers Predictions After FDA Webinar

“We continue to be bullish on the long-term opportunities of e-cigs,” notes Wells Fargo Securities. During FDA Webinar “20 Years Later—Returning to FDA to Regulate Tobacco,” featuring Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) reminded listeners of the FDA’s 3 key priorities: menthol, substantial equivalence and deeming regulations on non-combustible tobacco

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. Showcasing VUSE At 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

“We said from day one that VUSE was a game changer, and initial feedback from Colorado is that adult tobacco consumers agree,” says president of RJR Vapor Co. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. is set to showcase its innovative VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette to a global audience at the 2014 international Consumer Electronics Show (CES), running

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Vector Group Launching ZOOM E-Cigarettes

Launch includes disposable styles with quality U.S. e-liquid and proprietary technology that delivers at least 300 TRU-PUFFS. Vector Group Ltd. has announced that its indirect subsidiary, Zoom E-Cigs LLC, will launch its ZOOM electronic cigarette brand nationwide beginning in January of 2014.  Zoom’s first product, a superior disposable, non-rechargeable line, will be the company’s first

SFATA Speaks Out On NYC Proposal To Ban E-Cigs In Public Places

A hearing  today by the New York City Council will debate a bill that would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in places traditional cigarettes are banned. The New York City Council is holding a hearing today, Wednesday, Dec. 4, on a bill that aims to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in places where traditional tobacco

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OTP Sales Remain Strong

Smokeless tobacco products have become increasingly important to the U.S. tobacco industry, which is seeking to push more of these products as Americans smoke fewer cigarettes. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. With traditional cigarettes under fire on several fronts, convenience store retailers rightly view smokeless tobacco as an important part of the future of their

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Pipes and Tobaccos

Arango Cigar Co., national distributor of a wide variety of tobacco products and related accessories, is now offering the entire product line of 19 Rattray’s Epicurean Pipe Tobaccos.  All are hand-blended and packed in 100-gram tins, with five also offered in 50-gram tins.  Additionally, 14 blends are available in 17.5-ounce bags.  “Our best-selling Rattray’s tobaccos

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Limited Edition Cigarillo

Swisher introduces its first Swisher Sweets limited edition cigarillo, Swisher Sweets Sticky Sweets. The cigar is unmistakably Swisher Sweets with a unique flavor—sweet caramel fused with juicy peach—and an equally pleasant aroma. Sticky Sweets comes in a resealable, two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. Additional limited flavors are expected throughout 2014. This flavor of

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FIN Branding Group Promotes Two Regional Directors of Sales

“Both Kevin and Doug have an excellent track record within our company and each brings a unique point of view to this role,” says CEO of FIN Branding Group. FIN Branding Group, one of the fastest growing names in electronic cigarettes, has promoted two individuals—Kevin Klyczek and Doug MacLeod—to the roles of regional director of

Wells Fargo Hosts E-Cig Forum

Big opportunities exist for electronic cigarettes. Wells Fargo Securities hosted its Inaugural E-Cig Forum in New York City on Nov. 21. The conference gathered e-cig industry leaders, public health and regulatory experts and investors. “We came away with an even greater conviction that e-cigs will be a game changer and will eventually be margin enhancing

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New E-Cig Blends

Mistic, maker of high quality, value-priced electronic cigarettes and vapor products, has introduced its newest blend of electronic cigarette refill cartridges. These new blends will be added to Mistic’s full lineup of product offerings. True to the brand’s commitment of providing users with a more authentic vapor experience, Mistic’s new American Blend and Cool Ice

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Be Socially Responsible

Smokersrule Sanitizing Spray has added Vanilla to the already successful Citrus Scent.  Smokersrule is formulated to eliminate the tobacco odor on clothes, skin and hair after smoking. It is safe for use on all clothing, skin and hair. With a retail price of $1.99, the 80 sprays per pen that fits in a pocket, has

Next Cigarette List Price Increase Looms

Nearly 65% of respondents believe e-cig displacement of conventional cigs has accelerated. Wells Fargo Securities’ recent “Tobacco Talk” survey results predict cigarette net price realization will accelerate in FY13. Wells Fargo continues to forecast net price realization of at least 4% this year. “Our recent c-store retailer survey results indicate an expected ~$0.06-0.07 per pack

LOGIC Secures No. 2 Spot in E-Cigarette Category

Unit share report from Nielsen’s C-Track Database and Wells Fargo Securities LLC ranks LOGIC No. 2 in c-stores. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the results of the latest unit share report from Nielsen’s C-Track Database and Wells Fargo Securities LLC, indicating LOGIC has secured the No. 2 spot for electronic cigarettes in

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