The E-Cig Space Barrier


There’s little doubt within the tobacco industry that electronic cigarette enthusiasm is high. So it makes sense that Wells Fargo senior analyst Bonnie Herzog decided to center her most recent “Tobacco Talk” series around the nascent category, inviting Kevin Frija of Vapor Corp. to share his insights on the segment.

 “The retailers are definitely open…

Teen Smoking Drops

The American Legacy Foundation says that smoking by high-school students has fallen 18 percent since 2000, adding that antismoking ads deserve some of the credit, the Washington Post reported recently. The National Youth Tobacco Survey also said smoking among middle-school students dropped 5.4 percent.

 The survey, conducted with the federal Centers for Disease Control and…

Oil Companies Join Forces on Skimming



Most major oil companies are joining forces to help stem skimming incidents at the pump, BankInfoSecurity reports. The companies are sharing data about skimming incidents to create a new database that will assist the industry in following fraud trends. 

 The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) is managing the database, which also receives information…

Dollar General Adds Tobacco

Dollar General is planning to add cigarettes and other tobacco products to the product mix at the majority of its U.S. stores by the middle of 2013. The company, with 10,000 retail locations nationwide, cited “competitive pressures” and a perceived customer demand as the reasons behind this move. The rollout follows on the heels of…

Top Consumer Food Concerns of 2012

The Midwest drought, the “pink slime” controversy, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were the most influential food stories for consumers in 2012, according to a survey by Hunter Public Relations. The firm’s annual Food News Study, conducted by Digital Research, Inc., polled 1,000 Americans about their perceptions on the year’s top food stories and how…