Tobacco, cigarette and e-cig category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Proposal may increase age of purchase to 21

CLAYTON, Mo. – St. Louis County--Missouri’s most populated county--is looking to raise the minimum age people can legally buy tobacco products to 21 years old from 18, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Councilman Sam Page was recently scheduled to introduce the legislation. “The start of the...

Proposal would swap tax for 5-cents-per-milliliter alternative

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Vape-shop owners in Pennsylvania are holding out hope that lawmakers will revisit a newly passed measure to tax their inventories by 40% as part of the state’s new budget law. What some have called a “punitive” tax was part of the state’s 2016-2017 budget passed last month, but...

Shareholder group files request for drug chain to review its practice of selling tobacco

NEW YORK -- A shareholder group within Walgreens is striking a match under the major drug-store chain, filing a formal request for it to review its practice of selling tobacco products. This week, the New York-based Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, which also is a Walgreens...

Stage set for ‘strong fight’ as new flavor emerges, analyst says
Newport big contributor, but overall volumes decline
Proposed ordinances projected to increase by 200 compared to last year
Agency interviewed lawmakers, e-liquid manufacturer about controversial legislation
District court strikes down FDA move to define packaging changes as new product
MSU latest to start prohibiting tobacco, e-cigarettes amid rising wave of bans at colleges, universities
Loosening of rule may not translate to further decriminalization, experts say