Cigarette tax having an effect at retailers

Joel Stottrup / Union-Eagle Nick Tarifi, owner of Prince Tobacco, at the counter of the business which is located in downtown Princeton.

Also, more customers are asking for the lowest priced cigarettes, Tarifi added. The light variety of cigarettes are cheaper, but the minimum anyone will pay for a pack of cigarettes at his business is $5.75, he said. All of the Camel and Marlboro cigarette packs are going for $7.99 now, he said. Some of Tarifis cigarettes are going for close to $70 per carton.
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UTSA scholars to study health effects of electronic cigarettes

In the longer term, the total combined market will shrink at a more rapid rate than most investors envisage as e-cigarettes wean smokers off tobacco, but do not attract new users into the overall category. Winners and losers will emerge, but are hard to predict at this relatively early stage in e-cigarettes’ development, and there will be margin pressure in the short term across the board as companies race for share. This new uncertainty, and the faster long-term decline of tobacco which we predict, should cause investors to reassess their holdings in the sector. Our modelling suggests that tobacco companies will need to win a greater share of e-cigarettes than they have in tobacco to preserve short-term margins: e-cigarette margins will be lower in the early years.
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Electronic cigarettes could hit BAT and Imperial Tobacco harder than expected, say analysts

But, how safe are they? Scholars William Cooke and Donovan Fogt have received $30,000 in seed funding from UTSA to find out. The UTSA kinesiologists will team up with Assistant Professor Caroline Rickards at the University of North Texas Health Science Center to gather baseline data about the effects of e-cigarettes on the body’s basic physiological health. For six years, e-cigarettes have been aggressively marketed as an alternative for smokers who want to decrease their risk of the serious health problems associated with conventional cigarette smoking. Instead of inhaling a cigarette’s nicotine and carbon monoxide, e-cigarette users inhale vaporized pure nicotine.
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