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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Providence Tobacco Ordinances

Coupons, promotional pricing and flavored tobacco sales now banned in Providence. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a ruling that upholds two Providence, R.I. ordinances related to tobacco sales, in a loss for tobacco company and associations fighting the ordinances. The ordinances prohibit retailers from redeeming coupons to obtain a

Arkansas Cigar Tax Cap Takes Effect

Reduces excised tax on premium cigars to 50 cents per stick. An Arkansas tax cap on cigars was implemented on Oct. 1, marking Arkansas as the latest state to put limitations on its cigar tax laws, the Cigar Association of America (CAA) reported. In March, Arkansas passed a bill that caps the state’s excise tax

Former American Lung Association CEO Joins Electronic Cigarette Industry Group

Charles Connor to serve as primary liaison to public heath community. The Electronic Cigarette Industry Group Inc. (ECIG), a non-profit association of consumers, manufacturers, importers and distributors of electronic cigarettes, announced that Charles (Chuck) Connor, former American Lung Association CEO and president, has joined the organization as a consultant. In his new role, Connor will

FDA CTP Releases Educational Video

Video focuses on legal age requirements and ID checks when selling tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products’ (CTP) Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE), in an effort to further retailer compliance with tobacco product regulation, has produced a short educational video to support retailer training. The video focuses on

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Tradition You Can Taste

Wave’s expertly-crafted American blend has tradition you can taste—and Wave is honoring that craftsmanship with a new Limited Edition Pack. The Limited Edition Pack celebrates Wave’s premium tobacco quality, represented by its signature crest. This combination of taste, strength and unparalleled smoothness is created by master blenders with over a century of experience. The Limited

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Smokeless Tobacco Earning Extra Display Space

While electronic cigarettes are gaining a lot of attention in c-stores, sales of moist smokeless are chugging along. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Convenience stores have a significant opportunity to target consumers in overlapping tobacco segments, such as converting cigarette smokers over to moist snuff or cigars. Experts expect this group to increase moist smokeless

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Taste the Difference

Bulldog Wholesale has introduced a new  twist to its already exceptional line of entry-level disposable electronic cigarettes.  It has both upgraded the line to include a soft tip with an increased puff count, and to top it off, it has reduced the cost to allow for a $4.99 SRP.  Created for consumers who demand more

NATO Responds To CDC Youth Tobacco Use Survey

“It appears the CDC and the FDA are extrapolating data from the 2011 and 2012 National Youth Tobacco Surveys (NYTS) to support the FDA’s announced plan to expand its authority over other tobacco products,” says NATO’s executive director. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 5, announced the findings from the National

We Card Program Enters 18th Year With Call To Action

Successful Social Responsibility Program educates retailers on e-cigarette restrictions. September is We Card Awareness Month, named for one of the most successful corporate social responsibility efforts in America. The We Card program is entering its 18th year with a call to action for retailers, requesting stronger restriction of tobacco products to minors. The program, recognized

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CEO of Cheyenne International Passes Away

Over the weekend, William “Bill” Greiwe, the CEO of Cheyenne International, passed away unexpectedly.  Greiwe was a founding partner of Cheyenne International and served as the company’s CEO since the company was formed.  Cheyenne International was a long time member of National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) and Greiwe was a strong supporter of NATO’s

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Bigger One-Gram Snus Pouch

In response to adult snuser demand, Camel SNUS Frost, the No. 1 selling snus in America, is now available nationwide in a one-gram pouch. Camel SNUS Frost Large offers the same cool, refreshing taste consumers of Camel SNUS Frost have come to expect—just in a larger size. Camel SNUS Frost Large became available nationwide on

FDA Denies Discussing Online E-Cigarette Sales Ban

Listening sessions did not include talk on potential restrictions, noted director of FDA’s CTP. The FDA has responded to a Wall Street Journal article titled “FDA Discusses Banning Online Sales of E-Cigarettes” that has been picked up by many news outlets. The article revealed that FDA had held talks regarding potentially banning online e-cigarette sales,

FDA Considers Banning Online Sales of E-Cigarettes

The agency is also reviewing advertising standards for the products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a possible online-sales ban of e-cigarettes, as it prepares its proposed regulations for the devices, the Wall Street Journal reported. The FDA and e-cigarette makers have had been meeting recently, allowing the e-cigarette makers the opportunity to

Dragonite Sells E-Vapor Business To ITG

Acquisition cost totals $75 million. Dragonite International Limited, and its wholly-own subsidiaries, has sold its E-Vapor Business for $75 million to Fontem Ventures B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group plc. (ITG), a global tobacco company with international strength in cigarettes and world leadership in fine cut tobacco, papers and premium cigars. Fontem Ventures

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New Hookah Flavors, Accessories

Kretek International Inc. has announced several new additions to its lineup of Voodoo Hookah products.  Joining Voodoo traditional hookahs and new e-hookahs are a full line of 20 Shisha flavors with matching flavors in Voodoo Steam Stones.  The 20 exotic flavors are divided into four pre-packed collections of tropical and blended fruit, berries, citrus and

LOGIC E-Cigs Continues Steady Growth

Seizes top four SKUs and nine of Top 12 SKUs in the U.S. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the results of Nielsen’s latest Item Rank Report, indicating LOGIC continues to outperform competitors in sales per point distribution. The total U.S. Nielsen Item Rank Report, based on sales from convenience stores nationwide, reports

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New Pack Design

Export ‘A’ revealed an updated, sleeker pack design that will enhance your super premium category. Artfully crafted for a natural smooth taste since 1928, Export ‘A’ is the choice for adult smoking connoisseurs. Made from premium Virginia leaf tobacco, the blend achieves the best balance of taste, strength, and smoothness…with no added flavors. In its

FDA Seeks Retail Inspectors

A call for private inspectors shows FDA aims to conduct inspections in the nine states that don’t have a contract with FDA to check up on retailers. This week, the FDA began soliciting proposals from private contractors to conduct retail tobacco inspections in Alaska, Florida, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and

FDA Issues 10,000th Tobacco Retailer Warning Letter

Four warning letters issued for cigarette or roll-your-own tobacco that was labeled as “pipe tobacco.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued its 10,000th tobacco retailer warning letter for noncompliance with tobacco rules. To ensure compliance with the law, FDA works to prevent youth access to tobacco products and the influence of marketing

Study Finds NJOY E-Cigarette Use Leads to Short-Term Smoking Reduction

Research to be published in the American Journal of Health Behavior. NJOY, an American electronic cigarette company has announced the results of a pilot study that has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Health Behavior and will be published online on Oct. 1, 2013. The study, supported by NJOY and led by

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Study Shows Chemicals in E-Cigarettes Pose Minimal Health Risk

“This study assures us that e-cigarettes are as low risk as other smoke-free tobacco and nicotine products,” says CASAA Scientific Director. E-cigarette users can breathe a little easier today. A study just released by Professor Igor Burstyn, Drexel University School of Public Health, confirms that chemicals in electronic cigarettes  pose no health concern for users

C-Store, Tobacco Industries Slam NYC’s E-Cigarette Plans

UPDATE2 3:02 p.m. with comments from Thomas Kiklas, co-founder of The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA) UPDATE 2:39 p.m.: Includes comments from Greg Conley, Legislative Director for Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) Leaked drafts of three New York City tobacco bills show an e-cigarette ban could be on the horizon. It’s no

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What Your Cigar Customers Want

Whether it’s flavored products or low-cost brands, OTP customers remain among the most loyal in the store. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. How much is too much is a fundamental question in retailing, and all the more so when it comes to cigars. With so many new products, flavors and line extensions to choose from,

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Flavored Electronic Hookah

Designed to capitalize on the hottest trend—and one of the fastest growing segments—in the e-cigarette marketspace, Sapphyre Hookah is an exciting new line of flavored electronic hookah from ECO-CIGS.  With a rich metallic finish, Sapphyre Crystal tip and 600 puffs of zero-nicotine flavor, Sapphyre Hookah e-cigs appeal to a wide range of adult customers.  Sapphyre

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NATO Encourages Members To Oppose Tobacco Tax Increases

Proposal would raise the federal cigarette tax rate $1.95 per pack on cigarettes. During the month of August the National Association of Tobacco Outlets’ (NATO) legislative staff members are contacting NATO retail members about an opportunity for them to invite their U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to visit their corporate office or a retail store

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