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Circle K Offers FIN Electronic Cigarettes

“Our product line is a natural fit in Circle K and will cater to the increased demand for high quality, reliable electronic cigarettes from the Circle K customer base,” says Finiti Branding Group president. Circle K Stores Inc. is now offering the new FIN Electronic Cigarette in each of the convenience store chain’s eight regions. 

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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

New Djarum Natural Leaf Wood Tipped Cigar 5-packs and Singles.

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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Altria’s Tobacco Companies Launch Citizens for Tobacco Rights

Website brings together adult tobacco consumers on tobacco public policy issues. Altria’s tobacco operating companies launched Citizens for Tobacco Rights, a Website for adult tobacco consumers who are interested in information and advocacy on tobacco-related public policy issues. Citizens for Tobacco Rights is a group of adult smokers and dippers joining together to get active

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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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FDA to Consider IOM Report On Modified Risk Tobacco Products

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a report on the design and conduct of studies, which the FDA will take into consideration in the assessment and ongoing review of modified risk tobacco products. A modified risk tobacco product is any tobacco product sold or distributed for use to lower the harm or risk of

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FDA Calls For Comments

The FDA is encouraging retailers to send comments, data, research or other information related to non-face-to-face sale and distribution of tobacco products. The FDA is extending the comment period until Jan. 19, 2012, for an Advance Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (ANPRM) that was published in the Federal Register of Sept. 9, 2011 (76 FR 55835).

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Smokeless Sales Show No Signs of Dipping

Enhancing variety will continue to be a key for this high growth category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Sales of smokeless tobacco products keep increasing and convenience store operators are enjoying the ride. But keeping that graph line headed north means keeping a wary eye on proposed federal regulations, keeping sets fresh, properly allocating shelf

New Lagunas Premium Cigarettes from Djarum

New Lagunas Premium Cigarettes

Kretek International Inc. has launched Lagunas brand premium imported cigarettes by Djarum in the U.S. The Lagunas blend was developed by an international team from Djarum and Kretek over a two-year period of blending and testing. Lagunas’ taste is characterized by a unique combination of tobaccos from the U. S., Brazil Indonesia, Turkey and Greece,

Swedish Match at NACS 2011

“Fresh as the day they were made!” HTL cigar brands exhibited at NACS; Garcia Vega, Game and White Owl. White Owl sweets and Green Sweets. 100% Freshness Guarantee is key to Swedish Match’s product offerings. New and improved line of Game cigarillos with new wrap. White Owl White Grape with a slow burning wrapper. Foil

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Turn Higher

After tumbling to a nine-month low of $3.368 gallon on Nov. 21, the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail gasoline average is positioned to increase following higher wholesale costs during the final full week of November. Wholesale gasoline costs were under renewed pressure in front of Thanksgiving Day on weak demand and heightened concern over

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FDA Comments on the International Tobacco Regulators’ Conference

“It is only natural that like-minded leaders band together to combat this global threat in unison,” says the Commissioner of Food and Drugs.  This week, 65 representatives of health and regulatory agencies from 22 countries attended the International Tobacco Regulators’ Conference, hosted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization

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Tobacco Retailers Get an “A” For FDA Compliance

NATO encourages FDA to issue letters of compliance to the tobacco retailers that pass compliance inspections, as positive reinforcement. More than 96% of tobacco retailers inspected by federal contractors in 38 states and the District of Columbia were found to be in compliance with new tobacco regulations designed to prevent the sale of tobacco products

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FDA Issues Warning Letters To Tobacco Retailers

More than 1,200 retailers that sell tobacco receive warnings about violations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent warning letters to more than 1,200 retailers, the majority of which respond to violations relating to selling tobacco to minors, as part of its ongoing effort to reduce tobacco use among children. While most retail establishments

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NACS 2011 Kretek

Today’s cigar smokers are looking for quality, value, variety and taste. Watch this video from Kretek to learn how adding DJARUM Natural Leave Wood Tipped Cigars in four premium flavor blends: classic clove, cherry, vanilla and rum, combined with Kretek’s strong introductory program, display allowances, promotions and merchandising will increase your cigar sales.

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NACS 2011 Pure Smoke

E-Cigarettes are a growing category. Watch this video to learn how PureSmoke’s customized marketing solutions, pre-priced disposals in two flavors, starter kit series and incentive programs will help you capitalize on sales in this growing category.

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NACS 2011 Swedish Match

“Fresh as the day they were made!” HTL cigar brands exhibited at NACS; Garcia Vega, Game and White Owl. White Owl sweets and Green Sweets. 100% Freshness Guarantee is key to Swedish Match’s product offerings. New and improved line of Game cigarillos with new wrap. White Owl White Grape with a slow burning wrapper. Foil

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Blueberry Cigarillos

Extending its product lineup with a new flavor, Swisher has introduced the new Swisher Sweets Blueberry Cigarillos. The new product features special introductory pricing as well as Swisher’s innovative Sealed Fresh foil wrappers. Reaction to the new flavor among consumers has been extremely positive, and the special introductory pricing is expected to help Swisher Sweets

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Driving OTP Sales

While cigar sales do not approach those of cigarettes, they offer convenience stores better margins. Plus, new flavors and competitive pricing are keeping customers interested in the category. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. Other tobacco products (OTP) in general and cigars in particular continue to earn more shelf space in convenience stores, and the higher

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New Lagunas Premium Cigarettes

Kretek International Inc. has launched Lagunas brand premium imported cigarettes by Djarum in the U.S. The Lagunas blend was developed by an international team from Djarum and Kretek over a two-year period of blending and testing. Lagunas’ taste is characterized by a unique combination of tobaccos from the U. S., Brazil Indonesia, Turkey and Greece,

Pure Smoke

E-Cigarettes are a growing category. Watch this video to learn how PureSmoke’s customized marketing solutions, pre-priced disposals in two flavors, starter kit series and incentive programs will help you capitalize on sales in this growing category.

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Next Generation E-Cigarettes

PureSmoke has launched its next generation of disposable e-cigarettes in two flavors: Classic Tobacco and Cool Mint. Pre-priced at $9.99, each stick is equivalent to two packs of traditional cigarettes, offering the greatest value to adult tobacco consumers. The 12-count retail carton converts into a countertop display making it easy to merchandise. Build your category

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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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Adding a Spark to Tobacco Sales

Customized and novelty lighters offer customers an opportunity to express themselves. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. In simpler times, lighters were used chiefly as a means to an end—lighting up a cigarette, birthday candles or even restarting an oven. Today, however, with the growth of the tobacco accessories category, lighters have become an end in

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Sheetz Adds blu Cigs

“We went with blu because they’ve clearly captured consumers’ trust, so we feel confident we’re delivering a high quality product to our faithful customers,” says Sheetz’ spokesperson. On the heels of a successful retail store launch earlier this summer, e-cigarette company blu Cigs has expanded its in-store presence via a partnership with Sheetz. Now, consumers

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