Smoking-Accessory Sales Continue to Fall Off

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Smoking-Accessory Sales Continue to Fall Off in Convenience Stores

Smoking-accessories continue to lag in c-stores, on a 4-year downward trend.

Tobacco Product Sales Data

IRI Convenience AllScan data for 52 weeks ending Jan. 26, 2014

Subcategory

Dollar Sales PCYA Unit Sales PCYA
Cigarettes $51,600,060,000 -1.32% 8,532,557,000 -2.10%
Smoking Accessories $248,264,500 -3.03% 157,369,500 -5.68%
Cigars $2,352,518,000 -2.61% 1,514,840,000 2.34%
Smokeless Tobacco $5,209,886,000 7.48% 1,270,566,000 3.83%
Electronic Smoking Devices $551,639,500 163.80% 51,124,650 183.95%
Pipe Tobacco $74,982,700 4.76% 9,841,715 12.62%
IRI

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Generally, the tobacco category appears relatively healthy, with four of six subcategories growing, according to 52-week convenience store data ending Jan. 26, 2014, from IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm (@iriworldwide). However, the fact cigarettes account for 80% of tobacco sales in c-stores and are down more than 2% tells a different story.