May 19th, 2013
Convenience Store News
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — For the past several years, tobacco companies have been looking to fill the hole left by struggling cigarette sales with new products. Those efforts have stalled as their applications sit waiting for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.
That is about to change, however. Mitch Zeller, director of the agency’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), told the attendees at the 98th annual Tobacco Merchants Association meeting that it will move quickly to work through the backlog of approximately 3,500 applications submitted by tobacco companies — for both new products and changes to existing ones, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
May 3rd, 2013
New York Magazine
When Philip Morris introduced Marlboro cigarettes in 1924, the ads, far from showing a rugged horseman in some sage-strewn arroyo, depicted a sophisticated modern woman. The cigarettes featured an “ivory tip” to “protect the lips”—or a red one, to hide lipstick stains—and were marketed under the slogan “Mild As May.” For the next 30 years, Marlboro was known as a lady’s cigarette.
April 14th, 2013
State losing hundreds of millions in revenue as gangs go door to door selling smuggled goods
CIGARETTE-smuggling continues to soar in Ireland, with new Department of Finance figures showing that tobacco excise tax receipts are falling dramatically short of targets, even though taxes have increased and the number of people smoking has remained constant at 29 per cent of the population. What Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins called “Premiership-style criminality” is behind the latest upsurge in smuggling, which is costing the state hundreds of millions in lost revenue.