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

Altria confirms PMI's separation, commitment to OTP tests in U.S.

NEW YORK -- As long expected, Altria Group Inc. formally announced the spinoff of Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) yesterday while discussing its yearend financials. At the same time, Altria officials reaffirmed their satisfaction with domestic testing of both its smokeless, Marlboro-branded...

Lack of U.S. scrutiny will allow for new-product blitz

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Marlboro Intense, which is shorter than the typical cigarette by about a half inch, and which offers smokers seven potent puffs apiece versus the average of eight or so milder draws, is designed to appeal to customers who, due to indoor smoking bans, want to dash outside...

Suit hopes to force governor to enforce existing laws

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York State Assemblyman David R. Townsend Jr. joined New York convenience store operators yesterday in announcing legal action to compel the Spitzer administration to uphold the state law that requires collection of state taxes on Native American sales of cigarettes and gasoline...

PM USA “pleased” with results; analyst says share has dropped
C-store industry pushes measureto complement existing sales limits
PM USA says suit was properly dismissed by federal judge
Available at retail in Indianapolis area in March; discontinuing Taboka test there
Cigarette makers face thousands of new Florida lawsuits
Files lawsuits to stop importation of counterfeit cigarettes
Grocer extinguishes tobacco sales; c-stores should keep focus on customer service