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Maintaining Strong Cigar Sales

Despite a demand from adult consumers, retailers are continually forced to defend their right to sell flavored cigars responsibly. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor While tobacco has long been a bread-and-butter product for convenience stores, accounting for millions in individual unit sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket, it remains a

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More Smokers Turn To E-Cigarettes

E-cigs “are growing in popularity . . . no question about that,” says Chad Maynard, spokesman for ElectronicCigarette.net on the category. Electronic cigarettes might not be marketed as smoking cessation aids, but recent studies posted in the American Journal of Public Health suggest that many smokers are turning the the product for that reason. Smokers

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Darker Cigarillos

Mild cigarillos are popular products in the cigar category by a 10 to 1 margin. Swedish Match wants to expand across both its cigar brands, as White Owl and Game introduce Black Cigarillos. Each black cigarillo is covered in a dark wrapper, and filled with finely blended tobaccos. They deliver a smooth, sweet flavor with

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HillBilly Brand Pocket Lighters

Scripto introduces new HillBilly Brand Licensed Pocket Lighters to its product line. Designed to target a rapidly growing fan base of patriotic, fun loving, country music fans and outdoor enthusiasts: the HillBilly Nation. The lighters will be available in five assorted designs featuring fishing, patriotic, HillBilly Hottie, camouflage and a country music guitar. The HillBilly

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Fresh Hand-Wrapped Cigars

Imported Ashford Bentley’s factory-fresh, hand-wrapped cigars have a natural shade wrapper with a mild, smooth taste, and consistent smoke with a perfect draw every time. The cigars are always imported fresh from the factory. Ashford Bentleys are packaged in a 20-cigar bundle and feature printed quotes from the most famous cigar smokers in world history.

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Leveling The RYO Playing Field

In recent years, roll-your-own tobacco machines have surfaced at various retail locations putting convenience stores at a competitive disadvantage on price. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor America, and in particular its lawmakers, remains caught in a love-hate relationship with tobacco. That push-pull has resulted in very well-publicized attempts to dissuade Americans from using tobacco, or

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Specially Priced Black Cigarillos

Swisher International has introduced new Swisher Sweets Black Cigarillos with a dark maduro-like wrapper that delivers a distinctive, rich aroma as well as a slower-burning, smoother smoke. The convenient cigarillo size is ideal for today’s on-the-go lifestyles, offering retailers the opportunity to take advantage of strong consumer demand for a truly distinctive tobacco product. Exceptionally

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Satisfy Your Krave

Vapor Corp.’s Krave brand of e-cigarettes offers Krave1000 / Krave1001, a complete retail rack-ready, rechargeable e-cigarette program. Simple to use and simple to sell, Krave is a favorite among e-cigarette users for its taste and design. Krave1000 / Krave1001 is available in four varying nicotine levels and in tobacco and menthol flavors, along with starter

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Natural Cigarette Alternatives

Bluegrass Blends USA has introduced Rockfield Natural Cigarette Alternatives with no tobacco, no nicotine and no nitrosamines. Rockfield Natural Cigarette Alternatives sell for up to 70% less than traditional cigarettes and provide a low-cost alternative for consumers seeking relief from the high cost of traditional cigarettes. Benefits include no costly MSA tobacco taxes and higher

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GAO Suggests Equalizing Tobacco Tax Rates

A new report finds shift in using pipe versus roll-your-own tobacco and large cigars versus small cigars to avoid hefty taxes. This week, the federal Government Accounting Office (GAO) issued a report titled “Large Disparities in Rates for Smoking Products Trigger Significant Market Shifts to Avoid Higher Taxes.” The document shows the impact of the

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Lawmakers Targeting Electronic Cigarettes

As their popularity soars in convenience stores, e-cigs are becoming the target of new smoking bans and tax regulations. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Once speculated to be a passing fad, e-cigarettes are increasing in sales and popularity and pushing their way toward becoming a mainstream product. Celebrities from Leonardo DiCaprio to Britney Spears have

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FIN Electronic Cigarettes Launches Nationwide Ad Campaign

“With these ads, we definitely want to evoke memories of a time when smokers were not literally kicked to the curb,” says chief branding officer for Finiti Branding Group. FIN Electronic Cigarettes has launched a brand awareness campaign with full page ads in Rolling Stone magazine. The campaign features a series of full-page print advertisements

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Smoking Alternative

Times are tough for smokers when they are in areas where they cannot light up. New SmokinGel is a cigarette alternative in the form of a hand gel. It gives customers the real cigarette experience when they easily rub a little gel on their hands. SmokinGel rubs in clear, has a pleasant scent, truly mimics

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Hawaii E-Cigarette Bill Passes Senate Committee

After much debate, an edited e-cigarette bill in Hawaii will not tax e-cigs at the 70% tobacco tax rate, but will restrict sales to minors. E-cigarette bill, SB2233, was passed by the Hawaii Senate Ways and Means Committee Friday, Feb. 10, after members voted to delete language that would require a 70% tobacco tax on

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Building New Tobacco Sales

Retailers and government officials butt heads over handmade cigarettes. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Celeste Lucas likes to smoke, but she doesn’t like paying $5 a pack for cigarettes, so she took matters into her own hands and purchased a roll-your-own cigarette machine. Using loose tobacco and paper tubes, she can now create an entire

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Wood Tip Cigars

New from Kretek International: Djarum natural leaf wood tipped cigars in five-packs and 25-count upright units. These new cigars are offered in four new clove blends including Classic, Vanilla, Cherry and Rum. Each blend carries a unique clove signature, smoothed by the imported natural leaf wrapper and a blend of mild tobaccos. Each wood tipped

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New York RYO Business Shut Down

Giving customers access to tobacco and RYO machines is akin to selling untaxed cigarettes, lawsuit insists. Two New York-based roll-your-own tobacco stores run by Island Smokes—one in Chinatown and one in Staten Island—have agreed to close their doors by Feb. 1, following a lawsuit settlement, according to city officials, the New York Post reported. Island

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Disposable E-Cigs

Logic Technology offers Logic Disposable Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigs) that provide an alternative for traditional smokers, allowing them to avoid the 4,000 toxins found in cigarettes, while replicating the sensory experience of smoking. To perfect the sensory experience, Logic used six combined pending patents to duplicate the smoking experience without lighting or burning tobacco—fulfilling a smoker’s

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Regular and Menthol E-Cigarettes

Convenience Valet and Advantage Sales & Marketing have entered into a strategic alliance with Finiti e-cigarettes to represent and distribute the company’s electronic cigarette products. Finiti e-cigarettes will now be available through many distribution partners, including Core-Mark, Eby-Brown, Grocery Supply Co., H.T. Hackney Co., DOT Foods, LibertyUSA and C.D. Hartnett Co. These partnerships will extend

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JT International U.S.A. (JTI) has introduced its newest brand: WINGS. A high-quality, American blend cigarette with a smooth flavor, WINGS is designed for today’s value-seeking adult smokers with its bold, premium packaging and attractive price. WINGS is available in six top-selling box styles, including Red, Gold and Menthol in King Size and 100’s. WINGS is

BIC sparks Gate’s sales

BIC sparks Gate’s sales Bob Westendick’s business is tobacco and cigarettes, and he likes anything that pushes that category. Which is why he is so enamored with BIC. As the merchandise assistant for Gate Petroleum (Jacksonville, FL), Westendick keeps tabs on the profitability of the chain’s product mix for its 150 stores. Since signing an

Give It to Them Raw

RAW Natural Unbleached Rolling Papers are the first of their kind: an unbleached, less processed paper that maintains its original natural brown hue. The paper is extremely thin, almost translucent and uses a sweet sugar-based gum. This product was created in the spirit of Additive Free Cigarettes and the overall market trend towards natural, less

Fresh Breath Latches On

Attach/Mints LLC is launching a revolutionary product to solve one of the most common problems experienced by smokers losing or carrying bulky mint containers in one’s pockets or purse. The attach/Mint is designed specifically to clip perfectly on to the top or bottom of any standard cigarette pack. Attach/Mints potency is strong enough to eliminate

Flavor Sensation

  U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. introduces an all new line of premium moist smokeless tobacco (MST) products designed to make the company’s core brand, Copenhagen, more approachable for adult smokers. Available at retail beginning September 17, the new Cope line will feature smooth, natural tobacco tastes in three long cut varieties: Smooth Hickory, Whiskey Blend

Ruyan America Goes Prime Time

Ruyan America Inc. and Prime Time International Co. have inked an exclusive product development, brand marketing and supply agreement, CSD has learned. Under the terms of the agreement, Phoenix-based Prime Time will become the exclusive North American distributor and marketer of Ruyan America’s digital smoking alternatives and will provide input and direction with respect to

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