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

Proposed excise tax increase will crush business

BETHESDA, Md. -- Proposed higher excise taxes on premium cigars could crush the businesses of Maryland tobacconists, said Steve Castro, co-owner of the state's largest private chain of cigar stores, in a press statement. "It's bad enough that Maryland consumers now have to pay another 1% in sales...

PM USA continues efforts to stop importation of counterfeit cigarettes

RICHMOND, Va. -- Philip Morris USA filed a lawsuit in federal court late last week in the Central District of California against Nice Pak Products Inc. of Orangeburg, N.Y. The lawsuit is aimed at stopping the importation, distribution and sale of counterfeit cigarettes and the unauthorized use of...

To be available in Portland, KC, DFW, Orlando, Columbus

MEBANE, N.C. -- Vector Group Ltd.'s subsidiary, Liggett Group, has announced plans to introduce Grand Prix snus, a premium-quality pouched tobacco product designed for adult smokers who are interested in smokeless tobacco alternatives to cigarettes. Grand Prix snus will be available in a variety of...

First makeover in brand's history.
Clears the way for sick smokers to seek billions in damages
Fed laws bar state regulation of shipments, despite age concerns
Names Collett as director of brand growth
Spitzer targets cigarette manufacturers for tribal taxes
Reynolds American appeals 2005 jury verdict
Reclassification would change from price-based to weight-based method