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

Tobacco company's restructuring, reorganization a likely "non-event" for retailers

OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) knows how to make headlines, too. A day after Philip Morris USA parent Altria Inc. dropped the bomb that it would acquire moist-smokeless tobacco leader UST Inc., RAI said it would restructure its brand portfolio and overhaul its organizational...

Not pulling plug with UST acquisition

NEW YORK -- Altria Group Inc. will continue to test smokeless tobacco products under the Marlboro brand name after its acquisition of smokeless tobacco maker UST Inc., company executives said during a conference call with investors yesterday, reported The Wall Street Journal. Altria on Monday...

Tobacco advocates prepare for battle in Congress over SCHIP tax proposal

WASHINGTON -- As Congress returns to work this week in Washington, tobacco proponents are digging in their heels to battle a proposed $6.10-per-carton increase in the federal excise tax (FET) on cigarettes. Tobacco company representatives and advocates are urging retailers to call or email their...

Retailers fear Altria-UST deal could give Philip Morris too much control of back bar
$11.7 billion deal adds moist smokeless tobacco leader to cigarette, cigar stable
"Advanced" talks expected to result in imminent $10 billion deal for smokeless tobacco maker.
Tobacco advocates prepare for battle in Congress over SCHIP tax proposal
Fitch: Proposed FDA regulation could reshape U.S. tobacco industry
Denies tobacco co.'s request to dismiss Vermont AG case.
Successful in appeal of patent infringement ruling in lawsuit against RJR