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Navy and Marine Corps Exchange Stores Consider Tobacco Ban

Questions remain about the scope of the potential ban, which could be implemented as early as Oct. 1. The Navy is considering a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at Navy and Marine Corps exchange stores as part of an initiative to improve the culture of fitness in the services. Navy

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Commemorative Cigar

Drew Estate is releasing a new size within its Undercrown cigar line. The size will be called Undercrown “Dogma,” and has been created to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the online community Cigar Dojo. The blend of “Dogma” is based on the Undercrown Corona ¡Viva! and is comprised of Mexican San Andreas wrapper, Connecticut Stalk-Cut

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Kretek Goes All In With Three-Brand E-Vapor Launch

Cig2o, Voodoo and EZ Cig e-vapor products give retailers a trusted single source for growth. Kretek International announced it is launching the most complete lineup of e-liquids, personal vaporizers, e-pens, mods and e-vapor accessories in the e-vapor category. “We’ve been an innovation leader in the e-cigarette business for five years,” noted Kretek CEO Mark Cassar.

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Lighters Lead Tobacco Accessories

As turbulent as the tobacco business has been in recent years, accessories, such as lighters, have remained calm and consistent, if not a bright spot on the front counter for most convenience store chains. “This is one of the most profitable parts of the business,” said Tariq Khan, CEO of Sentar Oil Inc., a four-store

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Cigarettes Continue to Draw Customers

Under fire now for more than a decade, cigarettes remain among the most important in-store categories in convenience stores. Cigarettes, along with other tobacco products (OTP), combined to account for 40.7% of in-store sales, according to the 2013 NACS State of the Industry Report. However, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI), cigarette sales in the

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Optimism for RYO Tobacco

Roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco will continue to put convenience store operators to the test over the next couple of years—enduring the ongoing legislative assault on all tobacco products while continuing to carry it to provide greater variety and service to loyal consumers. “Roll-your-own tobacco is important for those retailers that are creating a ‘destination stop’ for

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Smokeless Tobacco Still Dominates OTP

The smokeless tobacco category continued its upward trajectory in 2013 thanks to ongoing manufacturer promotions and a growing customer interest in alternative tobacco products to supplement their smoking habits. Manufacturers are capitalizing on the strong sales demand by introducing more products in an array of flavors. For the 52 weeks ended Jan. 20, 2014, the

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E-Cigarette Sales Set to Surge in 2014

Even though e-cigarette category dollar sales started 2014 with slight deceleration, growth is expected to remain “robust” going forward, according to Wells Fargo Securities. The convenience store channel saw $45.2 million in sales over the four weeks ended Jan. 18, 2014, plus e-cigs accounted for another $12.4 million in national, cross-outlet markets. “This implies about

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Growing Cigar Sales

Not much has been predictable about the tobacco category over the past 18 months. Huge tax increases have renewed questions about just how much money smokers are willing to invest in their habit, and whether cigarette smokers would merely switch their nicotine fixes to other tobacco products, such as cigars. Amid the upheaval, the cigar

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E-Vapor Liquids & E-Pen Vaporizers

Kretek International Inc. announced the rollout of its new line of Voodoo brand e-vapor liquids and personal e-pens.  The expanded Voodoo lineup was introduced on Jan.29 at the TPC Show in Las Vegas and will be available for the U. S. market in April.  Voodoo brand’s new line allows ‘Vapers’ to customize and mix e-liquid

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Judge Stays Enforcement of NYC Tobacco Ordinance

Coupon, promotional price and minimum pack price restrictions on hold. At a federal district court hearing on Friday, March 14, 2014, a federal judge ordered New York City not to enforce Section 6 of the recently enacted New York City tobacco ordinance until the later of May 23, 2014, or the adoption of final regulations

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Republic Tobacco And Johnson Creek Announce “Strategic Endeavor”

“Our customers should be very pleased that Republic is stepping into the forefront of the ‘e’ category with such an outstanding producer as Johnson Creek,” notes Republic Tobacco president. Johnson Creek Enterprises LLC, makers of America’s No. 1 Smoke Juice used in e-cigarettes around the world, has announced a new strategic endeavor with Republic Tobacco,

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NACS Issues Position Relating to the Sale of E-Cigarettes

“Given the uncertain status of e-cigarettes, it just makes sense that convenience stores check IDs as part of the more than 4.5 million age-verification checks that we already conduct every day,” says NACS president and CEO. Convenience stores selling e-cigarettes are encouraged to adopt, as a best practice, a policy of treating these products as

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Old Denim Lighters

Kretek International Inc. has introduced DjEEP’s Old Denim collection, available to ship May 10. The worn Denim series of lighters features photo-images of the most comfortable jeans on the planet from the most dependable and durable lighter on the planet. Rather than imprinting the DJEEP logo on the lighters, the lighters themselves are part of

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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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