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

If passed, measure would raise tax by 84.5 cents/pack

SALEM, Ore. -- Tobacco interests have gone to court in a bid to block a statewide vote this fall in Oregon on a cigarette tax increase to pay for children's health insurance, said the Associated Press. A lawsuit filed in Marion County (Ore.) Circuit Court last week maintains that Measure 50, which...

Board announces Intentions for Philip Morris International

NEW YORK -- As anticipated, the board of directors of Altria Group Inc. announced on Wednesday its intention to pursue the spinoff of Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) to Altria's shareholders. The board said it anticipates that it will be in a position to finalize its decision and announce...

Smoker Friendly panel warns of tough legislative road ahead

BOULDER, Colo. -- Warning of looming regulatory issues and the threat of a federal excise tax, panelists on the second day of a three-day Smoker Friendly corporate and franchisee conference said everything from nicotine content to the flavoring of cigars could be affected. Addressing a record 350...

Ill. Supreme Court puts PM USA "lights" lawsuit to rest.
Cigarette maker develops new shelf display
The board of the Altria Group will meet on Wednesday to decide whether to spin off the international arm of its cigarette business.
Philip Morris to test new moist tobacco in Atlanta market beginning in October
Advisory group sends recommendations to White House
Retailers slow to conform with display restrictions