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Associate News Editor

New tobacco-focused resource launched to provide c-store retailers with the latest category news, analysis, trends and more

If you've been a regular — or even occasional — reader of my Tobacco Road column during the past few years, you'll know I often impel convenience store retailers to get involved in the latest issues affecting the tobacco category. And to help in these efforts, I encourage readers to visit various Web sites and other resources to learn more about the topic at hand or support a cause.

Today, I am very proud and excited to present the convenience store industry with another resource: a new, one-stop knowledge shop for all things tobacco — Convenience Store News Tobacco Retailing Channel.

As tobacco products make up a third of the convenience industry's revenue, the importance of this category cannot be underestimated. And with the ongoing — and sometimes ambiguous — changes to the category from federal legislation and regulation, Convenience Store News was compelled to expand its coverage of this vital in-store category.

This multi-faceted source is accessible online at, as well as through, and will feature the latest news, insights and analysis from tobacco industry experts, all related to cigarettes and other tobacco products (OTP).

In addition, the new channel features a section specifically devoted to legislative and regulatory matters, such as state excise tax increases, FDA news, anti-smoking bans and more. Complementing this is a Resources tab where retailers can connect to numerous tobacco advocacy groups, associations and Web sites, such as NACS and NATO, as well as sites from the major tobacco companies.

But that's not all. Other tobacco-focused exclusive content includes:

  • Retail profiles and best practices
  • Market share data and analysis
  • New products and supplier news
  • Consumer trends and insights
  • Webcasts and events

And to serve our on-the-go readers, the channel also provides a bi-monthly e-newsletter delivered straight to readers' inboxes, featuring the latest in-depth news and analysis to keep the industry on top of the latest happenings in the category. Sign up to receive the newsletter at

Lastly, the CSNews Tobacco Retailing Channel includes a print supplement that will be distributed with the August issues of Convenience Store News and CSNews for the Single Store Owner. Like its digital counterparts, this special edition will cover the biggest issues facing tobacco sections in convenience stores with news, in-depth features and expert analysis.

Our goal is to not only shed light on the multitude issues impacting the channel, but to provide a single place for convenience store retailers to gain the information they need to better manage the tobacco category, and gear up for what's next in tobacco retailing.

So bookmark in your Internet browser today, sign up for our newsletter, and expand your tobacco category knowledge through our new, all-inclusive channel.

I'll see you there!

For comments, please contact Mehgan Belanger, Associate News Editor, at [email protected].

"Our goal is to not only shed light on the multitude issues impacting the channel, but to provide a single place for c-store retailers to gain the information they need."

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