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

Cigarette maker will become separate publicly traded company in '08

NEW YORK -- Loews Corp.'s board has approved a plan to spin off its entire ownership interest in cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. to holders of its Carolina Group stock and Loews common stock in a tax-free transaction. As a result of the transaction, Lorillard, presently a wholly owned subsidiary of...

Analyst speculates RJR could buy cigar maker to counter PM USA/John Middleton

NEW YORK -- Philip Morris USA's recent acquisition of cigar company John Middleton has led Citi Investment Research analyst Bonnie Herzog to speculate about other potential acquisitions in the cigar category. "We believe that a Reynolds-Swisher combination is the next most likely consolidation move...

No smokes for "all-natural" station

BOULDER, Colo. -- Moto Motor Markets has opened its doors in Boulder, Colo. The location is a combination gas station/convenience store/natural foods store and is the creation of owner Michael Marsilio. In keeping with the "natural" theme, the store does not sell cigarettes. Marsilio calls the...

Tobacco tax hike still sticking point, along with higher-income eligibility
Altria Group Inc. said yesterday that, having received regulatory clearance, it has completed the acquisition of John Middleton Inc.
Critics raise stink about cigarettes with reduced smell
Analyst says 2008 will be an exciting year for the tobacco industry
Newport claims it's not stealing Marlboro's "M".
Cartoon ad sparks suits
Tobacco co. will not advertise in newspapers, magazines starting next year