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Regulators Chew on Cigars

While federal officials weigh new standards for the tobacco industry, retailers hope cigar sales don’t go up in smoke. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a big step towards regulating other tobacco products (OTP), including cigars, by proposing to assert deeming regulations under the 2009 Family Smoking

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Medical Specialists Appeal To WHO On Tobacco Harm Reduction

Look to make tobacco harm reduction a higher priority through noncombustible nicotine delivery, including e-cig and vapor products. Last week, more than 50 leading scientists from 15 countries signed a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) to ask the WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan to reconsider the WHO’s intention to classify e-cigarettes essentially the

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Multi-Purpose Lighters

Scripto Officially-Licensed Multi-Purpose Lighters feature team logos and school colors, including for the Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, and Florida Gators, allowing fans to show their team spirit. Perfect for lighting grills, candles, campfires, and fireplaces. The lighters are available in a variety of display vehicles such as: floor displays, counter displays,

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Flavored E-Liquids

Currently, DuraSmoke manufactures more than 65 unique flavors of e-liquid, ranging from traditional tobacco and menthol fusions, to exotic fruit flavors and dessert tastes, as well as beverage variations and numerous custom blends. The company offers its products in five nicotine levels and two base liquid options.Based in Milwaukee, Wisc., DuraSmoke has been manufacturing purely

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Wells Fargo Puts RAI-LO Combination at 90% Likelihood

“Given the current market environment where both targets and acquirers are being rewarded, we continue to believe this will be a value creating transaction for both RAI and LO shareholders,” says Wells Fargo analyst. Based on news reports that came out the afternoon of May 21, noting that Reynolds American, Inc. (RAI) is in “active

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New E-Liquids For E-Vaporizers

Vapor Corp., a US-based electronic cigarette company with brands that include Krave, VaporX, Hookah Stix and Fifty-One, has launched of a new, premium line of e-liquids for electronic vaporizers and other e-vaping devices. Vapor Corp.’s new line is in direct response to the continuously growing e-cigarette / vaporizer industry nationwide. The new USA-made e-liquids are

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Chocolate Cigarillos

Swisher Sweets has introduced a smoother, rich chocolate blend for its Swisher Sweets Chocolate Cigarillos. Swisher Sweets Chocolate cigarillos are available in the popular resealable foil pouches and “5-for-3” packs. The two-count resealable pouches provide adult consumers with guaranteed fresh cigars. They are available in three popular price points: 99 cents, $1.49, and non-priced “Save

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Smoker Friendly Enters XO Corp. Locations

SF Private Label products to enter stores at the end of May. Smoker Friendly has signed a new Authorized Dealer to its SF Private Label Program. The new dealer is XO Corp., doing business as World Liquors, Xtra Mile, Jmart, Lakestop, and Gorilla Express. Shawn Choudry, owner of XO Corp., operates 12 locations in the

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NEwhere Financing Growth In Vapor, E-Cig Market With $4.7 Million

Financing agreement with Bibby Financial Services to help fund rapid national expansion. NEwhere Premium Vapor Products, a marketer and distributor of e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, e-liquids and rechargeable vaporizer products has announced that it has finalized a financing agreement with Bibby Financial Services Inc. of up to $4.7 Million. “The electronic vapor industry is a fast paced

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2014 Special Edition Lighters

BIC has announced several new and refreshed Special Edition Lighter Series that include eye-catching designs that are perfect for any of life’s occasions. New designs for 2014 include: The BIC Fashion Series Lighters, which feature 12 refreshed designs, is perfect for anyone who wants to show off their stylish side. It features popular trends from

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Lorillard Joins Altria In Pricing Action

Tobacco companies enact pricing adjustments, raising the cost of popular cigarette brands in the next few days. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Lorillard Inc. (LO) is pushing through a six-cent per-price increase across the some of its key cigarette brands, a move that will keep pace with rival Altria Group Inc., according to analyst reports.

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Commonwealth-Altadis Unveils Packaging Innovation

“Slide up, light up” feature sure to strike it big with consumers, CA officials predict. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Kicking off a company Webcast describing the latest upgrade to its flagship cigarette brand, Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. (CA) CEO Kevin Freudenthal said “it’s the most exciting thing in packaging for USA Gold in CA’s history.” Rolled

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Tobacco Trends and Insights from the NATO Show

Electronic tobacco sales continue to grow at an impressive clip, positioning convenience stores as a top destination for e-cigarettes and accessories. By John Lofstock, Editor The decline in cigarette volume is ongoing, c-stores continue to take tobacco share from other retail channels, and e-vapor consumption could surpass that of combustible cigarettes in the next decade,

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Wells Fargo Expects Lorillard, Reynolds American Inc. Combination

Puts chances of acquisition at 80% probability. Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported this week that it continues to anticipate that Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) will acquire Lorillard (LO). “We increasingly believe the chances are high (80% probability) RAI could acquire LO, and based on our updated acquisition analysis, RAI could pay up to $80/share for

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NJOY Welcomes Proposed FDA Regulations for E-Cigs

Company will continue to engage the FDA and consumers throughout regulatory process. NJOY, the country’s leading independent manufacturer of electronic cigarettes, welcomed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) issuance of proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes. “We have long supported FDA regulation of electronic cigarettes, and believe that the issuance of today’s proposed regulations is

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Experts Weigh In On E-Cig Deeming Regulations

“Our quick take on the proposed deeming regulations is that they are broadly as expected and not as restrictive as some had feared,” noted Bonnie Herzog, managing director, Beverage, Tobacco & Convenience Store Research, Wells Fargo Securities LLC. After the FDA proposed deeming regulations for e-cigarettes, Wells Fargo Securities LLC noted that at first glance,

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FDA E-Cig Deeming Regulations Proposed

“The proposed rule would give the FDA additional tools to protect the public health in today’s rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace, including the review of new tobacco products and their health-related claims,” says director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. FDA proposed to extend its tobacco authority to additional tobacco products, including e-cigarettes As part

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Premium Portable Vaporizer

Redefining smoking for the modern generation, Ploom—developers of products that provide a cleaner, more flavorful alternative to the smoking experience—have launched PAX, the most pocketable, premium, loose-leaf vaporizer on the market today. Reimagining the smoking paradigm, Pax weds modern technologies, materials, and processes with a beautifully simple yet effective design. PAX uses the process of

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Cameron To Return As Reynolds American CEO

Current CEO Delen to retire on May 1. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), the maker of Camel brand cigarettes, has announced that Susan Cameron is set to return as CEO, as Daniel Delen retires from the role of CEO on May 1, Bloomberg reported. Cameron also plans to remain on the company’s board, which she rejoined

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Eric Heiberg Joins Kretek as Northeast Region Sales Director

“Eric brings a wealth of contacts and experience to Kretek in tobacco products and e-cigarettes,” says field sales vice president. Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer and marketer of Djarum and Cuban Rounds Cigars, Cig2o, EZ Cig and Voodoo e-vapor products, DjEEP lighters and VirMax performance products, has named Eric Heiberg as Northeast region sales director. 

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Eco-Cigs Signs Major Beverage Distributor in Texas

Kimball Distributing services Dallas/Fort Worth and 25 North Texas counties. Eco-Cigs Inc., a fast-growing marketer of electronic cigarettes, announced that it has added another beverage distributor to its expanding distribution network. With the signing of Kimball Distributing Inc. (KDI), Grand Prairie, Texas, Eco-Cigs now has full distribution in seven of the top 10 U.S. markets.

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Ready To Vape

The Mekanik “RTV” (Ready To Vape) Premium Telescoping System by Vapage is the next generation of powerful “Full Vapor” tube mod systems. Constructed from premium-grade 406 stainless steel, this product will not rust. The adjustable silver-plated battery contact pins make it so you can fine tune this mechanical mod to your preference. The magnetic firing

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Durbin Report Finds E-Cigarette Marketing Reaches Substantial Youth Audiences

“We must close this new gateway to addiction to protect our children,” says Durbin. Eleven Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives released a report that shows a dramatic recent increase in the marketing of electronic cigarettes with extensive resources being dedicated to social media, sponsorship of youth-oriented events, and television and

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Tobacco Environment Heats Up

Wells Fargo predicts that vapors/tanks/mods pose the “greatest new threat” to e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently conducted a “Tobacco Talk” survey of its tobacco retailer and wholesaler contacts representing 35,000+ convenience stores in the U.S., which revealed that the competitive environment has heated up in the first quarter of 2014. Some

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Maine Tobacco Tax Increases Defeated

The Cigar Association of America (CAA) announced that its lobbying efforts to prevent a tax increase on cigars and pipe tobacco paid off in Maine. Following an all-night negotiation session Tuesday, the Joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee adopted a state supplemental budget on Wednesday morning, and the amendment to increase taxes on cigars and

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