NATO Sends Comments to FDA on Nicotine Levels

The FDA is looking at reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes by up to 90% from current nicotine levels. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATo) NATO submitted the accompanying comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the agency’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding a potential regulation that would […]

Acclaim for Tobacco Accessories

Lighters still lead the tobacco accessories category, but options such as vaping items are growing popular. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor Tobacco accessories, whether it’s lighters, papers, cartridges or other products, are essential convenience store inclusions that help stores tally additional basket rings. Of these products, lighters are a particularly key impulse item often purchased […]

The Shifting Outlook for E-Tobacco

The FDA has set its sights on lower-risk alternatives to cigarettes. However, heat-not-burn products and other innovations still face a lengthy road to market. By David Bennett, Senior Editor How regulatory groups view future vaping products as viable, less harmful alternatives to combustible cigarettes will certainly change the future outlook of e-tobacco products. The prospect […]

Products at Work: Cue Vapor

Several factors make Cue Vapor a top draw among adult tobacco consumers in the c-store channel. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor Since e-cigarettes came to market a number of years ago, the e-tobacco category has garnered wide-spread attention from American consumers. According to, there are approximately nine million vape users in the U.S., and […]

New York C-Stores Want Rule Changes

Regulatory costs have always been part of the price of doing business in the Empire State, but increasingly New York C-Stores must navigate increases in the legal age to purchase tobacco products, not to mention minimum price mandates, which took effect June 1. By Jim Calvin Misguided local restrictions on tobacco retailing continue to proliferate […]

2018 Tobacco Legislative Roundup

State and local regulations continue to impact the c-store space. Now that all but 13 state legislatures have concluded their 2018 legislative sessions, Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), sat down with us to discuss the outcome of state tobacco legislation across the country as well as ongoing local […]

RYO Tobacco Earns Irreplaceable Status

Shifting economic issues and changing regulatory tides can’t extinguish consumers’ fondness for roll your own. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco remains one of those categories that doesn’t command a tremendous amount of retailers’ attention—until they run out of stock. RYO’s fortunes have an inverse relationship with the economy: when times are rocky, […]

Igniting E-Cigarette Innovation

After a product development lull, the e-cigarette segment is gearing up for a next-generation breakthrough. When JUUL debuted three years ago, the e-cigarette industry was preoccupied with how federal regulations classifying electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) as tobacco products could affect future sales and product development. Manufacturers, tobacco retailers, and convenience store category managers didn’t give […]