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

PM USA announces its 2006 Wholesale Leader Program

NEW YORK -- On September 30, Philip Morris USA announced its 2006 Wholesale Leaders Program, according to Citigroup tobacco analyst Bonnie Herzog. In her most recent industry note, she said the new program will become effective Jan. 1, 2006, and it involves incentives based on term rates and cents-...

Files suit against certain wholesalers, retailers, individuals over buydowns, coupons

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The suit alleges that certain wholesalers, retailers and other individuals conspired to defraud the company. This suit is about stopping fraud...

Throws out Keweenaw Band suit

MARQUETTE, Mich. -- A federal judge said last week that the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community must collect cigarette taxes on behalf of the state of Michigan, reported the Associated Press. U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell threw out a lawsuit filed by the tribe in December 2003. The suit...

United States Smokeless Tobacco Co. is planning to increase the price on the brand early this week, according to a UBS Investment Research note.
Cites conflict with state's tobacco settlement agreement.
Want $4.8 billion-a-year anti-smoking program, more if feds win Big Tobacco racketeering case
Tax on pack of cigarettes would increase from 53 cents to $1.53
R.J. Reynolds offers new flavors, promotions for flagship brand
Illegal sales of tobacco to minors in California are now at their lowest level since the state first began monitoring these sales 10 years ago.
Man found not guilty of racketeering, guilty of unlawful distribution