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

New cigarette excise tax spells peril for convenience retailers

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Calling the measure "crippling at least and fatal at worst," the president of New York's convenience store association said the group in the coming weeks will exhaust its efforts to lessen the impact of an impending tax hike on cigarettes in the Empire State. The $1.25 per pack tax...

Aims to stop importation of counterfeit cigarettes

RICHMOND, Va. -- Philip Morris USA filed two lawsuits in federal court in Los Angeles earlier this week aimed at stopping the importation, distribution and sale of counterfeit cigarettes and the unauthorized use of PM USA's trademarks. The suits arise from two seizures by the U.S. Bureau of Customs...

N.Y. Tax Dept. to "strong-arm" retailers with cigarette "floor tax," says NYACS

ALBANY, N.Y. -- If the proposed cigarette tax increase goes through, New York State is planning to "strong-arm" warehouses and retail stores into paying a tax differential on millions of packs of cigarettes they have already bought and prepaid the tax on, according to James Calvin, president of the...

U.S. appeals court rejects $800 billion tobacco suit
State health department urges grocers to disavow tobacco
Industry efforts help minimize retail impact of unwelcome legislation
Programs coincide with new product, line extension launches
House committee approves bill to give Food & Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco
Proposed cigarette tax hike would be disastrous to N.Y. economy, say Wilson Farms, NYACS
Group withdraws opposition to House FDA tobacco regulation bill