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

Health agency recommends 50-cent hike

TOPEKA, Kansas -- The Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA) board on Tuesday approved its recommendations for the upcoming legislative session, including increasing the tobacco user fee, reported The Lawrence Journal-World & News. The authority proposed raising $52 million annually by...

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".
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