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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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An American Classic

Commonwealth-Altadis is reintroducing Montclair—one of America’s classic cigarette brands. “This national re-launch establishes Montclair as an exceptional value,” said Al Dejewski, senior vice president of consumer marketing. “Montclair is a premium-tasting cigarette that is reasonably priced.” Montclair was first launched in the 1960s when it was highly regarded for its innovation and use of high-quality

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EZ Cig Rechargeable E-Cigarette Kit

Kretek International Inc. has announced a new EZ Cig Rechargeable kit with battery, USB charger and a single 400-puff cartomizer equal to around two packs of cigarettes.  EZ Cig rechargebles deliver 2.1 % nicotine, about the same as tobacco cigarettes.  EZ Cig was introduced in July 2012 and has achieved strong distribution in smokeshops and

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Feels Like the Real Thing

METRO Electronic Cigarettes is proud to release its new King-Size Soft-Tip Disposable E-Cigarette with the look, feel and size of the real thing, and offering menthol and traditional tobacco flavors in an assortment of colors. With METRO’s variety of packaging and display options comes a wider affordability gap. Its e-cigs are offered in disposables, as

Altria Enters E-Cigarette Market

With both Altria and R.J. Reynolds now in the e-cigarette market, c-stores can rest assured the product is here to stay. Tobacco company Altria Group Inc. is launching its first electronic cigarette. The owner of the biggest cigarette maker in the U.S., Philip Morris USA, announced the details of its NuMark subsidiary’s new product Tuesday,

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NJOY Raises $75 Million

Funding will be used for marketing, clinical trials, research and development, and international expansion. Electronic cigarette brand NJOY, whose ‘NJOY King’ is the most popular e-cigarette in America, has raised $75 million in funding, NJOY CEO Craig Weiss announced today. Investors include serial entrepreneur and investor Sean Parker; and Douglas Teitelbaum, Principal of Homewood Capital.

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Breaking News: R.J. Reynolds Vapor Launches ‘VUSE’ Digital Vapor Cigarette

Rollout begins on July 1 in Colorado. Seizing on the business opportunity of the fast-growing e-cigarette category, R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company (RJRV), a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), is bringing its VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette to retail outlets throughout Colorado. At a press conference today at Pier 59 Studios in New York City, R.J.

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Kocolene Shifts with the Times

As the tobacco industry evolves, the convenience store and tobacco shop operator continues to grow to meet its customers’ needs.    By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Kocolene Marketing LLC maintains a booming tobacco business at its  Fast Max convenience stores and Smokers Host Discount tobacco stores, and is implementing a number of IT initiatives to keep

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Folding Utility Lighter

Scripto has introduced the new Folding Utility Lighter.  The refillable utility lighter folds into a compact 5.5-inch lighter allowing for easy storage in small compartments, kitchen drawers, garages and backpacks.  The bright and easily distinguishable neon green color makes it easy to spot, and the folding nozzle conveniently lights in multiple positions. Available in a

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E-Cigarettes Expanding At Retail

While FDA regulations remain to be seen, e-cigarette companies are self regulating, and technology continues to evolve. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In a conference call yesterday with Bonnie Herzog, managing director of beverage and tobacco analyst at Wells Fargo securities, and Andries  Verleur, co-founder at VMR Products, parent company of V2 Cigs, discussed trends

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Soft Tip E-Cigarettes

Swisher International’s e-Swisher e-cigarettes and e-cigar now feature soft tips to provide a more realistic look and feel. Soft tips are 30% lighter than current e-Swisher products and the flexible tip is more comfortable to smoke. The quality soft-core filter also ensures the cap stays on. e-Swisher products with soft tips are available now. e-Swisher

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E-Cig Display Solution

Logic is releasing a new, innovative multivendor e-cigarette display solution. The solid construction display consists of four shelves large enough to house all three major e-cigarette players as well as other SKUs. It is very versatile in that it can be used as a counter top non-self-service display, or as a back bar display.  The

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The Flavor Customers Want

Green Smoke E-Cigarettes offer the flavor your customers want.  Electronic Cigarettes are expected to reach $3.2 billion in global sales by 2015, according to Citi Bank Investments. Green Smoke e-cigs have been rated by smokers as having one of the most realistic and robust cigarette tastes available, with an 88% retention rate online. Smokers are

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EZ Cig 12-Flavor Retail Sampler

Kretek International Inc. is using its economical new 24-count trial display to get new EZ Cig disposable e-cigarettes to more c-stores and smokeshops. The compact new disposable unit holds 24 flavorful e-cigs and can generate $192 in retail sales at an $8 price point.  The 12 smooth EZ Cig flavors are becoming the preferred standard

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Minnesota Tax Bill Impacts Cigarette Prices

Bill to raise $2.1 billion in new revenue. The Minnesota House has passed a tax bill that would include a $1.60 per pack cigarette tax increase, and up the OTP tax rate to 95%, greatly impacting retailers who sell tobacco products in the state. The bill could raise revenue $2.1 billion and would also up

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Swedish Snus Counter Display

Kretek International Inc. is launching its Snus category program with a new 20-can retail trial display.  The display offers three authentic imported Swedish brands; Thunder, Offroad, and Oden’s Extreme in 20-portion cans.  The compact new unit holds five-can sleeves of shelf-stable Snus in Tobacco and Frosted styles, as well as 25 ‘take-one’ flyers to educate

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Hurd Appointed Kretek Sales Vice President

Albert José is appointed Djarum brand trade marketing manager, and Jerry Yalowitz as trade marketing manager for EZ Cig e-cigarettes.  Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer and marketer of Djarum Cigars, Cuban Rounds Cigars, EZ Cig and Cig2o e-cigarettes, along with Voodoo Hookahs and a broad range of general merchandise brands, has announced Patrick Hurd as

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Tropical Fusion Cigarillos

Escape to the islands with the newest flavor of Swisher Sweets Cigarillos: Tropical Fusion. Introduced in January 2013, this unique blend of tropical fruits and fine tobaccos has quickly become a customer favorite. Swisher Sweets Tropical Fusion comes in the well-recognized resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. For More Information from Swisher Sweets

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