Canada Proposes Flavored Cigarillo Ban

In Canada, The Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Youth Act, which contains a proposed ban on flavored tobacco products, cleared the Senate committee on social affairs Wednesday, and is expected to fly through the Senate as a whole later this fall, the Vancouver Sun reported. The Act would ban “kiddie packs” of little

PACT Act On Hold

Federal District Judge Richard Arcara temporarily ordered that the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act), a new law that disallows cigarettes to be shipped via the mail-which was set to go into effect yesterday-to be placed on hold, the Associated Press reported. A Seneca Indian Nation tobacco business owner asked for the restraining order

SFI Tobacco Festival Dates Announced

Smoker Friendly International (SFI) is set to host its annual Tobacco Festival and Conference from Aug. 30- Sept. 1 at the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder, Colo. SFI also has announced the members of its 2010 legislative panel. This year’s distinguished group will include:  David Riser, vice president of External Relations Trade Marketing, RJ Reynolds

NY Cigarette Taxes To Hit $4.35 A Pack

On Monday night, June 21, 2010, the New York Legislature narrowly agreed to increase the state’s tax on cigarettes. The tax is now set to grow by an additional $1.60-to a national-high $4.35 a pack, the New York Daily News reported.   When adding in city and federal taxes, the tax charged on one pack

FDA Concerned Over Marlboro Onserts

New tobacco rules hit tomorrow, June 22, and the FDA has issued separate letters to retailers and manufacturers to ensure the industry is prepared.  Starting tomorrow, manufacturers can no longer manufacture cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco products labeled or advertised with the descriptors “light,” “low,” “mild,” or similar descriptive words. Beginning on July 22,

Are You Up To Speed On Tobacco Requirements?

On June 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin enforcing new requirements on tobacco products, a move that will impact retailers across the country.  To help retailers navigate the new rules, NACS will hold its second Webinar focusing on the latest round of requirements on tobacco products implemented by FDA. The Webinar

Warning Signs For Tobacco Products Challenged

Altria Group, Lorillard Inc., Reynolds American Inc., two retailers and two retail trade associations have filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal District Court challenging the New York City Board of Health’s ordinance requiring graphic anti-tobacco health warning signs to be posted in retail stores that sell tobacco products. The lawsuit asserts that the federal government warning

PACT Act Receives Final Rule

On Friday, June 4, the U.S. Postal Service issued the Final Rule to implement the provisions of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act prohibiting the mailing of cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco in the continental U.S., the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. Once the Final Rule goes into effect on June 29,

Targeting Casual Smokers

A new class of products is emerging to satisfy the needs of social tobacco users. So many thoughts that capture my mind are worthy of being written about. Some incite our emotions (like the recent attack on Terry Gallagher of Smoker Friendly who accepted the position as coach of the Boulder High School girls varsity

Finding Profits with Tobacco Accessories

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandates, scheduled to go into effect on June 22, prohibit retailers from selling cigarettes and smokeless products in self-service displays except in age-restricted stores that ban customers younger than 18 years of age. While retailers in some states, such as New York and Idaho, have already had to comply with

NATO Sets Date, Location For Show

In time for its 10th anniversary, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) is launching its inaugural NATO Show at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas next spring. The dates for the first NATO Show are April 12-14, 2011. The NATO show will feature educational seminars for retailers, the NATO Annual Awards Dinner, along with evening

The Shack Pushes the Bounds of Convenience

As all convenience store chains look for innovative ways to drive sales as tobacco and gas margins decline, they might take note from an unlikely teacher—a small town store in Grandy, Minn., whose unique offerings are going to new lengths to meet consumer demands. Though only 1,100 square feet, “The Shack on 65” packs the

7-Eleven Joins NATO

NATO, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, announced that 7-Eleven Inc. has joined NATO as a retail member.  Based in Dallas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises and licenses more than 6,970 stores in the U.S. and Canada. As one of the leading national retail trade associations that focuses exclusively on state and federal tobacco legislative issues, NATO’s

Renewed Optimism for Smokeless tobacco and tobacco chewing products

The simple truth is that no one is certain what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will come up with next now that it has been given de facto control of the tobacco industry. But between bureaucratic control freaks, national, state and local taxes, and even the whispered fear of retailer liability concerns ahead, many

Convenience Industry Holds Strong

When history looks back on 2009 it will not be generous. The U.S. economy was, and to a certain degree, remains locked in the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Unemployment is high and the value of the dollar and consumer spending are at near-record lows. While this is bad, it could have been

Smokeless Sales Stay Strong

TOP PERFORMERS Copenhagen (Altria Sales & Distribution/US Smokeless) Grizzley (Conwood/Reynolds America) Skoal (Altria Sales & Distribution/ US Smokel) HONORABLE MENTIONS Longhorn, Red Man and Timber Wolf (Swedish Match) Kodiak (Conwood/Reynolds America) The effect of tobacco taxation and smoking restrictions has made it much more difficult to rely on cigarette sales as the primary category for

What’s in Store in the Humidor

As if the turbulent economy, rising state taxes and local anti-smoking regulations hadn’t rendered the retail cigar landscape dangerous enough, enter the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which wants to significantly reshape that landscape, but so far hasn’t told anyone—most notably the retailers that will be selling the products—how. Some background: The law granting

New Flavors, Demand Drives OTP

Despite the SCHIP bill and mounting state taxes, smokeless tobacco products have experienced a strong year packed with innovation, new flavors and increased consumer demand. According to the NACS 2009 State of the Industry report, smokeless tobacco sales surged 6.1% to $2.96 billion last year. The average c-store totaled $1,703 per month in smokeless sales

Concerns Abound for Cigars

The war over tobacco taxes to pay for an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) ended on February 4 when Congress passed the Senate’s version of the bill and new President Barack Obama signed it into law. What that means for c-store operators who sell cigars in an era of a rough

The Night They Burned Tobacco Down

Increases on cigarettes have put the category’s long-term viability in jeopardy. By Jim Callahan, Convenience Store Solutions I recently saw a statistic that declared tobacco was no longer king in convenience stores. While that is not yet true for most of us, it’s about to become an indisputable fact. The entire country now gets to

Cigars

TOP PERFORMERS Swisher International Inc. Swedish Match Altadis USA HONORABLE MENTIONS John Middleton (Philip Morris USA) Royal Blunts (New Image Global) PrimeTime Cigars New insights on the cigar category reveal that retailers who manage the tobacco segment more strategically benefit from accelerated growth and a larger share of the market. “Retailers focused on offering a

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