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

Cigarettes too "inherently dangerous" for agency to regulate; would "undermine mission"

WASHINGTON -- The head of the federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said that his agency should not be required to regulate tobacco, but that it is open to some expanded role in the fight against smoking, reported The Courier-Journal. Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, the FDA commissioner, did not...

NATO lobbies against Wis., Ore. cigarette tax hikes

MADISON, Wis. -- The executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has urged Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch and other state Republicans to reconsider their decision to compromise with Democrats on a cigarette tax increase of $12.50 per carton. Even as recently as...

Meanwhile, House subcommittee holds hearings on FDA tobacco regulation

WASHINGTON -- As expected, President Bush on Wednesday vetoed legislation that would have expanded the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) by $35 billion over five years, reported CNN. Speaking in Lancaster, Pa., Bush said he vetoed the bill because it was a step toward "federalizing...

Will "vigorously" defend against individual lawsuits.
But tobacco cos. lose Engle appeal
Veto still certain, but override in the works, keeping tobacco tax in play
N.Y., N.J. lawsuits intended to stop sale of counterfeit cigarettes
Federal increase could still set sail even if Bush's S-CHIP veto torpedoes legislation.
Will run CTS Concepts
Five-cents-per-pack increase follows other tobacco companies