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Disposable E-Cigs

Electronic cigarette manufacturer, Vapor4Life, unveiled its new WOW Vapor King disposable e-cigarettes at the Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo in Las Vegas on Jan. 29, 2014. After four years in development and over 200 hours of taste testing, the Vapor4Life company has leveraged its experience and expertise in vaping products to create a disposable e-cig unlike

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Proposed Flavored Cigar Ban Defeated in Maryland

Bills in the House and Senate both aimed to ban flavored cigar sales. A Maryland bill that aimed to prohibit the sale of flavored cigars and limit the sale and distribution of single cigars has been defeated, according to the Cigar Association of America (CAA), which lobbied extensively to prevent the bill from becoming law.

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Kretek International Appoints Vice President of Field Sales

New product lines and expansion into new categories leads to appointment of new vice president of field sales. Kretek International Inc. has appointed Russell Mancuso as vice president of field sales, with responsibility for direction and focus of the Kretek national sales force for all Kretek brands.  Mancuso will report to Kretek National Sales Vice

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Lorillard Purchase Could Add To Retailers’ Margins

If Reynolds American does acquire rival Lorillard, it could prove financially beneficial to convenient stores down the road.   By David Bennett, Senior Editor The possible purchase of  Lorillard Inc. (LO) by rival tobacco manufacturer Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) could help retailers’ profit margins relating to future tobacco trade programs, according to one industry analyst.

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Obama Budget Proposes Federal Tobacco Tax Rate Increases

2015 proposal mirrors President Obama’s 2014 proposal, which Congress did not pass. President Obama’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget includes a 94 cents per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax rate and a proportionate 93% increase in all other tobacco tax rates, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. Each of these

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Los Angeles Bans Public Use of E-Cigarettes

Vaping still allowed in lounges, e-cigarette stores and for film and theatrical purposes. Los Angeles has moved to ban public use of electronic cigarettes, following in the footsteps of New York, Chicago and Boston The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday, March 4, to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from restaurants, bars, nightclubs

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Potential Reynolds American Acquisition of Lorillard

Wells Fargo Securities notes a merger may be more likely. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) is rumored to be making a bid for Lorillard (LO), according to a report by the Financial Times, which noted RAI was allegedly making a bid for $60 a share. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on the potential acquisition. “Though we

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Vaporin Partners With C-Store Distributors

National distribution agreement through Checkstand Program brings Vaporin products to convenience stores. Vaporin Inc., a manufacturer, distributor and marketer of electronic cigarettes, vaporizers and e-liquids used for the delivery of nicotine, non-nicotine and cannabis-based products, announced an agreement with C-Store Distributors (C-Store) through their Checkstand Program for national distribution of the company’s electronic cigarettes, vaporizers

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Bill Aims to “Protect Children” From E-Cigarettes

Those in favor of the bill call e-cigarettes a ‘gateway’ to smoking cigarettes. Senate Democrats introduced legislation this week that aims to ban marketing electronic cigarettes to teens, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The “Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act” would authorize the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to “determine what constitutes marketing e-cigarettes to

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States Consider Tobacco Age Increases

Utah and Colorado join the list of states seeking to up the smoking age to 21. Utah and Colorado, both of which have some of the nation’s lowest smoking rates, are considering proposals that would raise the tobacco age to 21 in their states, ABC News reported. Both states voted in favor of the proposals

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Logic Takes No. 2 Spot

Logic released a report that shows it holds the No. 2 rank in the convenience store channel among e-cigarette brands. Logic’s unit share for total U.S. convenience stores is second to Lorillard blu, and followed by NJOY Inc., according to Nielsen data ended Feb. 15, 2014.   Logic also holds the No. 2 dollar share

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FDA Issues First Stop Orders On Tobacco Products

FDA bans four Bidis products from distribution. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued orders to stop the further sale and distribution of four tobacco products currently on the market. The action marks the first time the FDA has used its authority under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to order a manufacturer

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E-Cigs For Discerning Smokers

Revel in a renewal of American tradition with the allure of TRYST. Incorporating the highest quality American Made Juices, authentic bold flavors and a full, smooth, draw, TRYST’s exclusive collection of Electronic Smoking Products deliver an experience even the most discerning smoker is sure to savor. Traditional smokers will relish in Tryst’s electronic cigarettes that

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Victory and FIN Merge To Create Large Independent ECIG Co.

Combines sales depth of FIN and supply chain capabilities of Victory to capture significant cost and revenue synergies. Victory Electronic Cigarettes Corp. (ECIG), and FIN Branding Group announced an agreement to merge their two companies and create one of the leading electronic cigarettes companies in the world. The companies have signed a definitive agreement and

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Survey Finds 63% of Americans OK With E-Cig Use In Their Personal Space

First U.S. study of its kind finds majority approve of ‘vaping’ at sporting events. Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63%) say they would not be bothered by someone using an electronic cigarette in close proximity, according to data in the 2014 American E-Cigarette Etiquette Survey conducted by Harris Interactive. The telephone survey of 1,011 adults, commissioned

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NATO Fights FDA Commercials Depicting C-Stores Selling Cigarettes To Minors

NATO urges FDA to focus campaigns toward “social sources” that provide cigarettes to under-aged smokers. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Feb. 7, requesting that the agency immediately remove two commercials from the agency’s “The Real Cost” television commercial campaign, that it

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Redefining Smoking

Ploom, developers of pioneering new tobacco technology products, announced the new modelTwo vaporizer. The compact pocket-sized device heats Ploom’s whole-leaf tobacco pods, creating satisfying, rich vapor instead of smoke. Each pod contains a perfect single serving of a signature Ploom blend tobacco ready to load and enjoy. No hassle. No mess. Perfect every time. Ploom

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Crown Collection

Phillies Krome and the company behind the award-winning brand— Commonwealth-Altadis Inc.—is introducing the new Crown Collection. The new Crown Collection will be offered in two top-selling variants, but is expanding to include two great new variants and a classic taste. All variants are available at an everyday pre-price of “three cigars for 99 cents” per

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New Personal Vaporizer

Mistic, maker of high quality, value-priced electronic cigarettes and vapor products, announced its Haus Personal Vaporizer will be sold nationwide this spring, offering current adult smokers even more choices to switch to a unique alternative that minimizes many of the negative effects of traditional tobacco. The product is soon to be available at over 15,000

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CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products

CVS to sacrifice $2 billion in annual sales as it looks to solidify its position as a healthcare provider. CVS Caremark Corp announced on Wednesday, Feb. 5 that it plans to stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October, Reuters reported. CVS, the second largest drugstore chain in the U.S., is now the

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Island Madness

Swisher Sweets continues its limited edition cigarillo line with Swisher Sweets Island Madness. Catch the madness with its unique taste of watermelon rum. Now available for shipment to stores, Swisher Sweets Island Madness comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. Island Madness will be available in “two for 99-cents”and “Save on 2” options.

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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

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