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

Files lawsuits to stop importation of counterfeit cigarettes

RICHMOND, Va. -- Philip Morris USA filed two lawsuits in federal court Tuesday in the Eastern District of New York against importers C.H. Rhodes, Flushing, N.Y., and U.S. Sun Star Trading Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y. The lawsuits are aimed at stopping the importation, distribution and sale of counterfeit...

Grocer extinguishes tobacco sales; c-stores should keep focus on customer service

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Some individuals regard the New Year as a golden opportunity to make personal lifestyle changes, with some opting to quit smoking. For Wegmans Food Markets Inc., ringing in 2008 signaled the start of a new corporate policy. The chain of 17 supermarkets in five East Coast states...

Open Pantry offering coupons to offset Wis. cigarette tax

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. -- Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin Inc. is handing out coupons to counter the January 1 increase in the state cigarette tax, according to a report by WISC-TV. As part of a marketing promotion, Open Pantry convenience stores in Wisconsin are handing out "Doyle Dollars" to...

Reducing promotional allowance on Parliament, Virginia Slims
On January 1, Wisconsin's cigarette tax became the 12th highest in the U.S. at $1.77 a pack.
Tobacconist opens retail "emporium".
Previously was with B&W, PM, BAT
Britain's Imperial Tobacco agreed to buy Franco-Spanish rival Altadis on Wednesday in a 16.2 billion euros ($22.4 billion U.S.) deal that includes debt.
Intends to build Skoal Edge Wintergreen smokeless tobacco brand
An independent Lorillard opens acquisition, cash-flow opportunities