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

'Webinar for Retailers Who Sell Newly Regulated Tobacco Products' begins at 2pm EST, May 25, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS -- Today, the FDA has scheduled a live question-and-answer webinar for retailers that sell cigars, pipe tobacco, electronic cigarettes and hookah tobacco. The webinar will begin at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. To view the webinar, click here and then scroll down the FDA...

Letter to FDA calls for clarity on scientific evidence, economic ramifications, and consequences of ‘deeming’ rule

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is the latest person to officially voice concerns about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) "deeming" regulations. Last week, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent a letter to FDA commissioner Robert...

Retail associations cite black market, loss of revenue concerns

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois is one step closer to joining Hawaii and California in raising the minimum purchase age for tobacco products to 21. As reported by Half Wheel , a blog devoted to cigar news, the Illinois Senate voted 32-22 (with six senators abstaining) in favor of Senate Bill 3011,...

Cigars and electronic cigarettes will be affected by the FDA’s deeming regulations—but could snus, heat-not-burn products and marijuana vaporizers be at risk too?

Cigar, electronic-cigarette advocates fire back on claims of youth usage and minimum age
Altria, Reynolds, ITG and Liggett raise prices by 7 cents
Deal includes all Tantus products on the market before 2007 ‘grandfather’ date
Lawsuits, additional regulations and a grandfather-date battle all lie ahead
Instead of building a bridge, the CTP director has blown up the nascent electronic-cigarette industry
Electronic-cigarette company argues ‘government’s role is not to regulate for the sake of regulation’