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Entries Tagged as 'Tobacco sales'

Newsagents need to be wary on e-cigarettes

September 4th, 2014 · 2 Comments

E-cigraettes are being regularly pitched to newsagents so I thought I check in with the current situation regarding the regulation and sale of the products. The sale of nicotine containing e-cigarettes is banned in Australia which is kind of odd since nicotine contained cigarettes are still legal. While the sale of all e-cigarettes, including non-nicotine […]

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Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility · Tobacco sales

If you sell e-cigarettes?

June 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Newsagents and other retailers selling e-cigarettes will want to listen to The Law Report on ABC radio National today at 5:30PM as that’s the topic this week. The promo indicates that the show will cover the recent court case in Western Australia as well as look at the legalist of selling e-cigarettes elsewhere in Australia. After […]

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Tags: Newsagency management · Tobacco sales

Electronic cigarettes to be outlawed

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

WA Today reports that tobacco laws in NSW could be amended to outlaw electronic cigarettes following a legal test case in WA. It has always been illegal to sell e-cigarette liquids that contain nicotine under Australian law but in a big development last week, the Supreme Court of Western Australia effectively banned e-cigarettes outright in […]

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BBC documentary on the impact of tobacco legislation in Australia

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Further to my post from February about the BBC producing a documentary on tobacco packaging changes, click here to see the resulting story. 0 likes

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Electronic cigarette outpost

April 12th, 2014 · No Comments

This is one of many outposts selling electronic cigarettes that I have seen in shopping malls this trips. While these products are in drug stores and c-stores where you;d expect, it’s the outpost mall situations that is surprising. Based on the number it must be working. 2 likes

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Electronic cigarettes everywhere in the US

April 9th, 2014 · No Comments

It seems each time I come to the US the reach of electronic cigarettes has extended – faster than in Australia. In New York, in the three months since I was here there are more signs and billboards promoting them. This photo shows the side of a news stand on Broadway in Midtown and where […]

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e-cigarette checks on retailers

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments

I’ve heard reports of e-cigarette retailers in Queensland being visited by Department of Health officers looking to see if nicotine is being sold with the devices. If you;re selling e-cigarettes be aware of what you can and cannot sell. Check out the TGA website for a starting point on this. 1 likes

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BBC making a documentary on tobacco and plain paper packaging

February 19th, 2014 · 6 Comments

I have been contacted by a producer working with the BBC on a documentary about smoking and the tobacco industry, and one of the issues they are looking at is plain packaging. Here’s part of the email explaining the project and their need: We are very interested to find out what the consequences have been for […]

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E-cigs gaining more traction with US retailers

January 17th, 2014 · 7 Comments

In convenience stores and some supermarkets I have seen e-cigarettes being offered in more locations than my last trip to the US six months ago. Then, at the Retail’s Big Shop conference and trade show there was strong representation. This is where I picked up the Convenience Store News guide (pictured). The guide was bagged […]

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A new tobacco retailer masquerading as a family-friendly gift shop

December 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

CigarettsTocabboCigars opened in our shopping centre last week. Except for the name above the door and the cabinets of tobacco products behind the counter this looks and feels like a gift shop that is targeting to women and kids as customers. The Tobacco Station store that has been in the centre for ages offers gifts […]

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Tags: Ethics · Social responsibility · Tobacco sales

Electronic Cigarettes gaining traction in the US

November 20th, 2013 · 7 Comments

Convenience Store News has a story today about the increased traction in retail being achieved by electronic cigarettes. The shopper data is particularly interesting.  While I know some newsagents playing in the category here it is yet ton take off in a mass way. I suspect that is because it does not have major brand awareness […]

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Tags: Newsagency opportunities · Tobacco sales

NANA misstates tobacco regulation situation

May 9th, 2013 · 9 Comments

NANA sent out an email Friday last week saying The Federal Government has introduced a new tobacco standard (called the Competition and Consumer (Tobacco) Information Standard 2011) which will come into effect on 1 December 2013. This statement is not accurate. As the explanatory statement accompanying the legislation notes, The Standard commences on 1 January […]

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Newspower does a deal to offer cigarette pack covers

March 14th, 2013 · 8 Comments

Boxwrap took to Twitter today to announce a deal to sell their Boxwrap cigarette packet covers through Newspower newsagencies. To me, it’s an odd move since sales data is showing no upside for tobacco products. More newsagents are getting out of the category. 7 likes

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Electronic cigarettes in the counter

March 14th, 2013 · No Comments

Check out the e-cigarettes a colleague saw on the counter of a tobacco retailer in Clayfield Queensland recently. They are at a good price point and certain to interest some shoppers.  There are now many brands of e-cigarettes available in Australia. Had these e-cigarettes on his counter. As you can see from the display they […]

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E-Cigarette push heats up

February 20th, 2013 · No Comments

The latest issue of Convenience and Impulse Retailing magazine has a cover story and coverage inside on Logic, a new e-cigarette product for the Australian marketplace. As I have mentioned several times over the last year, the e-cigarette space is a hive of activity overseas. I have seen the products in mainstream retail outlets in […]

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Electronic cigarettes in a shopping mall

January 19th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Here is permanent outpost located in a shopping mall promoting electronic cigarettes. I am posting this not to promote the product but to show how mainstream e-cigarettes are becoming in the US. Some people I spoke with told me that patrons in bars and other indoors venues were permitted to smoke these. What I am […]

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Electronic cigarettes promoted on the street

January 19th, 2013 · No Comments

This a-frame sign is out the front of a tobacco shop on Seventh Avenue in New York. It shows that electronic cigarettes are just another product to them, reinforcing my recent observations that they are becoming mainstream. It will be interesting watch moves in Australia over the next few months as several manufacturers have told […]

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Electronic cigarette vending extends reach

January 15th, 2013 · 11 Comments

The reach of electronic cigarettes is increasing. They are mentioned now by airlines, including them in the list of what you cannot smoke in-flight. I am seeing them in more stores and I am seeing more people smoking them on the streets. Also, I have seen the vending machine in the photo. So, the reach […]

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Plain cigarette packaging leading newsagents to quit

November 27th, 2012 · 22 Comments

As the day from which plain packaging kicks in for cigarettes draws closer, more newsagents are quitting selling tobacco products. It seems that this latest move was all they needed to get out of the challenged product category. With cigarette consumption on the decline in Australia, many newsagents have taken the packaging change as a […]

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Hmm, electronic cigarettes

August 24th, 2012 · 8 Comments

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas early this year I saw four or five companies offering electronic cigarettes. They were promoting them as the ‘safe’ alternative to tobacco. I doubt the ‘safe’ claim. While they remain a banned product here in Australia, electronic cigarettes are selling in the UK. I purchased a pack […]

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At what point do you quit tobacco products

July 12th, 2012 · 16 Comments

With tobacco product sales declining, newsagents need to carefully assess their position and know when it is time to quit the category.  In the latest newsagency sales benchmark study I have data from some newsagencies experiencing 30% (and more) year on year declining sales. The decision about when to quit tobacco needs to be approached […]

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Rush to increase tobacco excise unwarranted

April 30th, 2010 · 30 Comments

Don’t get me wrong, I am not against an increase in the tobacco excise as a mechanism for reducing tobacco consumption – as long as it is a mechanism which works. The cynic inside me wonders if the move to increase tobacco excise by 25% at midnight yesterday is about more that the health of […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · Tobacco sales

Let’s talk about the challenge tobacco retailing

October 17th, 2009 · 24 Comments

Newsagents selling tobacco products face some tough decisions over the next few months with new legislation coming into affect, in some states sooner than others, which will place considerable restrictions on the display and sale of tobacco.  A newsagent emailed me recently with their concerns about this: Just interested to get your thoughts on what […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · Tobacco sales