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

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...

State health department urges grocers to disavow tobacco

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Even as New York's cigarette tax is poised to increase by $1.25 per pack to create the nation's highest state cigarette tax at $2.75 per pack, state health commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., is urging supermarkets in the Empire State to discontinue the sale of tobacco products...

Industry efforts help minimize retail impact of unwelcome legislation
U.S. appeals court rejects $800 billion tobacco suit
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
Will make all of its cigarettes fire-standards compliant