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

PACT stops shipments of cigarettes through U.S. Postal Service

NEW YORK -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to give law enforcement new tools to crack down on smugglers of tobacco and curb illicit tobacco sales over the Internet. The bill, the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT) of 2008, was sponsored by Representative...

Drugstore retailer sues San Francisco over pharmacy tobacco sales ban

SAN FRANCISCO -- Walgreen Co. is suing the city of San Francisco over legislation that would ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, but city officials said Wednesday the drugstore chain faces an uphill battle in striking down the new law, according to a Reuters report. The lawsuit, filed...

Democrats not chasing third vote; tobacco FET increase to fund expansion derailed

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats have scrapped plans for another vote on expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), reported The New York Times. The legislation would expand SCHIP by $35 billion over the next five years, paid for by a 61-cent-per-pack federal excise...

Tobacco company's restructuring, reorganization a likely "non-event" for retailers.
Not pulling plug with UST acquisition
Tobacco advocates prepare for battle in Congress over SCHIP tax proposal
Retailers fear Altria-UST deal could give Philip Morris too much control of back bar
$11.7 billion deal adds moist smokeless tobacco leader to cigarette, cigar stable
"Advanced" talks expected to result in imminent $10 billion deal for smokeless tobacco maker.
Tobacco advocates prepare for battle in Congress over SCHIP tax proposal