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

20-cent hike follows 32 cents last year

CHICAGO -- Mayor Richard M. Daley wants to raise the city of Chicago's cigarette tax by 20 cents a pack in 2006, but shelved all other increasesincluding proposed parking and delivery tax hikesin response to business opposition, City Hall sources told the Chicago Sun-Times . The mayor's team has...

Joins DHL in effort to curb web tobacco sales

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced an agreement with major package delivery company UPS to help reduce youth access to cigarettes over the Internet. Under the agreement, UPS will stop all deliveries of cigarettes to consumers throughout the United States. The...

Combined Katrina aid from Altadis, Montecristo Relief Organization exceeds $1 million

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Cigar seller Altadis USA Inc. and the Montecristo Relief Organization said that the combined goal of raising $1 million for the American Red Cross to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina has been surpassed. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Altadis USA pledged up...

Supreme Court won't let feds pursue $280 billion penalty.
USSTC raises price on certain snuff products
Ore. court denies class action in lights case
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law requiring all cigarettes sold in the state to be "fire safe.".
KY, MO mull 2006 increases
PM USA announces its 2006 Wholesale Leader Program
Files suit against certain wholesalers, retailers, individuals over buydowns, coupons