The Flame Lingers On

Tobacco industry insiders gather to discuss a tumultuous year.

Linda Abu-Shalback Zid, Senior Editor

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The year 2009 was the best of times; it was the worst of times—or maybe it was somewhere in between. Tobacco has been through the ringer this year, but the effect on the category has been surprisingly less than expected. And at the ninth annual CSP Annual Tobacco Category Review Meeting, retailers and suppliers heard a tale of two retailers—one from the North and the other from the South—who are making tobacco work for them.

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