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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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Swisher International Debuts Gold Strike Handmade Cigars

Royal Gold Cigars is launching  Gold Strike Handmade Cigars, marking the first cigar line introduced by the newly-formed premium cigar division of Swisher International. Gold Strike handmade cigars are the first of four lines to be introduced by Royal Gold Cigars in the next few months. With three cigars in each package, Gold Strike is

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LOGIC E-Cigs Secures Top 3 SKUs in U.S.

Premium e-cigarette brand holds nine of the top 14 SKUs for dollar sales per point distribution. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, has announced the results of Nielsen’s Item Rank Report indicating LOGIC is outperforming its competitors in the second quarter of 2013 for sales per point of distribution. Just six months after an

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Massachusetts Prepares For Tobacco Tax Hike

Retailers in the state will need to mark up cigarettes as of July 31, 2013 at least an additional 25 cents per pack due to the $1 per pack tax increase because the state minimum cigarette price law requires a 25% minimum retail mark up. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has issued a notice that

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Big Tobacco Pushes Back Against Bloomberg

City bills aim to snuff out cigarette sales. Mayor Bloomberg is once again pushing for new legislation that would ban the display of tobacco products, eliminate all tobacco product coupons and promotions, ban the sale of many individual cigars, and further increase cigarette prices. And once again, instead of focusing on the issues that matter

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Altria Announces Q2 Results, Expands Distribution of Marlboro NXT

In July 2013, PM USA expanded distribution of Marlboro NXT to an additional 23 states, primarily in the eastern U.S. Altria Group Inc. has announced its 2013 second-quarter and first-half business results, and revised its guidance for 2013 full-year reported and adjusted diluted EPS based on its performance for the first half of 2013 and

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FDA Seeks Public Input On Menthol in Cigarettes

Preliminary Scientific Evaluation of Menthol vs. Non-Menthol Cigarettes report issued. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking additional information to help the agency make informed decisions about menthol in cigarettes. “Menthol cigarettes raise critical public health questions,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA is

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e-Swisher Vapor Tour Hits the Road This Summer

Kicks off “Miami Weekend e-Scape” sweepstakes. e-Swisher takes its e-cigarettes and e-cigars on the road this summer visiting county fairs, outdoor festivals, rodeos and concerts throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida from July 27 through Sept. 28. The e-Swisher Vapor Tour will stop at key events where the e-Swisherettes will provide e-Swisher gear, coupons and samples

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CB Distributors Announces Concert Sponsorship

Concert goers can try samples of 21st Century Smoke. CB Distributors Inc., makers of 21st Century Smoke Electronic Cigarettes, announced last month its official sponsorship and participation in three concerts of the US99.5 Summer Concert Series in Chicago.   21st Century Smoke “Try Me” Samples will be offered to concert attendees who are ages 18

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Fortified E-Cigarettes

International Vapor Group (IVG), a manufacturer of top electronic cigarette brands recently launched NutriCigs, and is currently working with retailers and distributers. NutriCigs are a ground breaking new type of electronic cigarette: fortified e-cigarettes. They are disposable e-cigarettes, and each one is equal to about two packs of traditional cigarettes.  NutriCigs were designed to meet

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Fresh Without a Humidor

Altadis U.S.A. has introduced a great new way for retailers to sell, and adult cigar smokers to enjoy, three of America’s best premium cigar brands—without a humidor. Romeo y Julieta 1875, H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon and Saint Luis Rey are all now available in Robusto size in the company’s new Fresh Loc Singles packaging that

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Cig2o Black Label Disposable E-Cig

Kretek International Inc. is rolling out new Cig2o Black Label Premium Disposable e-cigarettes. The sleek new Black Label line offers an eye-catching designer black barrel and features dual LED lights.  Cig2o Black Label delivers all of the taste, smoothness and quality that have made Cig2o one of the top E-Cig brands in the country.  Cig2o

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Cigarillos Trial Offer

Swedish Match has announced that Game is launching of a new trial offer of two for 99-cent cigarillos. This limited time offer will give consumers the opportunity to purchase two Game natural leaf cigarillos packaged in the resealable FoilFresh pouch.  This launch will also include the debut of Game Red Cigarillos. Game Red has a

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E-Cigarettes and the Future

As the FDA pokes around electronic tobacco devices, experts predict the products will evolve considerably in the coming years. By Lou Maiellano. While in Las Vegas last month, attending the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) conference, I attended a number of informative presentations. One of these presentations was on the “Current State of the

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Providence R.I. Appeal Challenges Tobacco Ordinances

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled an oral argument for Monday, July 29, 2013 in Boston, regarding the appeal of a federal district court decision to uphold Providence, R.I. ordinances banning retailers from redeeming tobacco product coupons, prohibit multi-pack tobacco product discount pricing, and not allowing the sale of certain flavored tobacco products,

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Who’s Minding the E-Cigarette Industry?

By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor and John Lofstock, Editor. Should electronic tobacco devices be regulated as tobacco products or are they something completely different? Four new trade associations with varying opinions and agendas guide this booming category. With 3.5 million e-cigarette users and an estimated $1 billion in smoke-free alternative sales, this up-and-coming industry continues

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FDA Announces First Decisions On New Tobacco Products

“Today’s decisions are just the first of many forthcoming product review actions to be issued,” says  director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. For the first time since the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products, the agency

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E-Cigarettes Come of Age

With Big Tobacco now in the game, electronic tobacco products are poised to take an enormous leap forward. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. While some view electronic cigarettes as a threat to the cigarette industry, others see them as a lifeboat of sorts, providing smokers who don’t want to or can’t smoke cigarettes anymore—for a

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Cigarettes Still King

While electronic tobacco products and OTP have experienced sales gains, cigarette sales in convenience stores still accounted for more than $54.3 billion in 2012. By John Lofstock, Editor. Cigarettes have long been a staple at convenience stores, accounting for billions in pack and carton sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket.

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2013 Tobacco Legislative Update

Tobacco taxes and e-cigarette legislation are the two biggest issues retailers are facing in the all-important tobacco category. By Thomas Briant, Executive Director, National Association of Tobacco Outlets. Of all the different tobacco legislative bills introduced this year in Congress and state legislatures, two issues stand out, namely higher cigarette and tobacco taxes and electronic

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Succeeding With Cigars

Taxation and legislation could present a rocky road for cigar manufacturers. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Thanks to new flavors and price promotions, cigar sales at convenience stores remain as strong as ever. The cigar category at U.S. convenience stores totaled $2.38 billion for the 52 weeks ended April 21, 2013, up 3.73%, according to

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21st Century Smoke Sponsors Summer Concert Series

“We are really excited about this unique opportunity to educate the public about the 21st Century electronic cigarette in what is a non smoking event,” says president of 21st Century Smoke.  CB Distributors Inc., makers of 21st Century Smoke Electronic Cigarettes, announced its official sponsorship and participation in three concerts of the US99.5 Summer Concert

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Accessorizing the Tobacco Section

From lighters to e-cigarette cases, smoking accessories can increase the market basket and drive impulse sales. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. A robust and rotating assortment of tobacco accessories can help solidify your convenience store as a destination for tobacco products, as well as increase interest in the category and grow basket size. While most

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Deals Driving Smokeless Sales

Portion pouches and value pricing are injecting new energy into this core tobacco category. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. While electronic cigarettes are gaining a lot of attention, smokeless tobacco sales are chugging along with brisk sales.Overall, smokeless sales jumped 6% to $4.93 billion for the 52 weeks ended April 21, 2013, according to SymphonyIRI

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E-cigarette Margins To Surpass Cigarette Margins?

With big tobacco companies introducing e-cigarettes, the category could be competing with cigarette margins by 2017. New research from Wells Fargo shows via its proprietary e-cig interactive model suggests e-cigarette margins could surpass conventional cigarette margins by 2017. “Based on our in-depth analysis of the tobacco industry over the next decade, we now anticipate the

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