IntVapor

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

Altadis

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

kretekblack

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

swedish

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

Lou Maiellano

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

cigarettes2

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,

e-cig

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

fda-logo1

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

ecig

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

cigarette

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.

Tom-Briant-Picture

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

cigars-2

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

Luke-Bryan-Concert-Pic1--lr

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

lighter

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

Smokeless

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

ecigarette

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

ALT

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

New-EZ-Cig-Recharegable-value-kit-with-charger,-battery-and-cartomizer-060413

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

METRO_whats_new_image_june_13

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,

NJOY Hand

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.

Cartridge-Group

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.

DiscountTobacco

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

scripto

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

ecigarette

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

css.php