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

For first time since program's inspection, every state met 20% or less target

WASHINGTON -- The percentage of U.S. retailers that sold tobacco to underage customers during unannounced stings last year dropped to the lowest rate in a decade, according to a recent government report cited by The Free-Lance Star. For the past 10 years, the U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental...

Industry vet will be director of national accounts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Dan Custred has joined National Tobacco Co. LP as a director of national accounts, reporting to Graham Purdy. Custred comes to National Tobacco from King of Prussia, Pa.-based Blue Whale Worldwide, where he was director of sales, responsible for all sales, marketing, advertising...

Cigarettes too "inherently dangerous" for agency to regulate; would "undermine mission"

WASHINGTON -- The head of the federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said that his agency should not be required to regulate tobacco, but that it is open to some expanded role in the fight against smoking, reported The Courier-Journal. Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, the FDA commissioner, did not...

NATO lobbies against Wis., Ore. cigarette tax hikes
Meanwhile, House subcommittee holds hearings on FDA tobacco regulation
Will "vigorously" defend against individual lawsuits.
But tobacco cos. lose Engle appeal
Veto still certain, but override in the works, keeping tobacco tax in play
N.Y., N.J. lawsuits intended to stop sale of counterfeit cigarettes
Federal increase could still set sail even if Bush's S-CHIP veto torpedoes legislation.