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

Clears the way for sick smokers to seek billions in damages

WASHINGTON -- The tobacco industry lost a U.S. Supreme Court bid aimed at limiting damage awards in more than 700 West Virginia lawsuits filed by smokers who say cigarettes gave them cancer and other diseases, according to Bloomberg. The justices, without comment, on Monday left intact a trial plan...

Fed laws bar state regulation of shipments, despite age concerns

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday unanimously rejected provisions of a Maine law that restricts the shipment of tobacco products in the state, reported Dow Jones. "Despite the importance of the public health objective, we cannot agree with Maine that the federal law creates an...

Names Collett as director of brand growth

BOULDER, Colo. -- Smoker Friendly International has announced that Darren Collett, owner of Collett Enterprises and a Smoker Friendly Authorized Dealer (SFAD) with 17 stores in southern Indiana, has been named director of brand growth. Collett's responsibilities include working industry trade shows...

Spitzer targets cigarette manufacturers for tribal taxes
Reynolds American appeals 2005 jury verdict
Reclassification would change from price-based to weight-based method
Chain follows Wegman's in dropping tobacco sales.
Mass., Miss., Kansas, Ky., S.C. mulling increases
Analysts see potential in possible PM USA buy of USSTC; companies remain mum
Smokeless tobacco company Swisher International Inc. has made it easier for on-the-go snuff users.