NATO Show Continues to Add Exhibitors

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MINNEAPOLIS — The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has announced that it has received a wave of new exhibitor commitments to the 2011 NATO Show, the inaugural trade show for the association. The latest exhibitors to sign up for the NATO Show include A&T Tobacco Imports, Bags of Bags, Bahama Mama Cigars, Beach Cigar Group, Inc./Gurhka Cigars, Cheyenne International, DWC Enterprises, Global Tobacco, Great Midwest Tube & RYO Machines, International Tobacco Partners, Liaison Sales and Marketing, M & R Holdings, National Honey Almond, Rouseco and Tantus Tobacco.

The 2011 NATO Show will be held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas on April 12-14. The NATO Show will feature educational seminars for retailers, the NATO Annual Awards Dinner, along with evening parties and special show deals.

Jim Colucci, senior vice president sales and marketing for Altadis USA and a member of the NATO Trade Show Committee, said, “Having a great trade show means that retailers find value in attending, and the retailers are telling manufacturers and distributors, this is the show to attend. When that happens, companies can’t wait to sign up. Also, these companies realize NATO has put more resources into fighting legislative battles than ever before, and helping support the trade show means more resources to fight anti-tobacco legislation. That’s a big point of difference between NATO and other shows which will not be using the proceeds to fight tobacco-related legislation.”

The NATO Show has already received commitments to exhibit from more than 30 manufacturers and distributors.

Companies include Nat Sherman, New Image Global, Smokey Mountain Chew, Zander-Greg and K. K. International Corp. Also Arango Cigar Co., Carolina Tobacco, Dom Rey Cigar, Inc./Cusano Cigars, Drew Estate, Harold Levinson Associates, House of Oxford, King Maker Marketing, Renegade Tobacco/House of Windsor, Smoker Friendly International, U.S. Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers and Zippo Lighter Co. And Altadis USA, Swisher International, Swedish Match, Republic Tobacco and National Tobacco Co.

Minneapolis-based NATO is a national retail trade association that focuses exclusively on state and federal tobacco legislative issues and leads the fight for all tobacco interests in the United States.

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#1 Penney Higbee on 04.23.10 at 7:08 PM

Good job, NATO

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#3 Jim on 04.23.10 at 8:17 PM

It is great to see NATO fighting the fight! Retailers need to support their efforts. Tobacco buyers need to attend this show rather than NACS.

#4 TAZ on 04.26.10 at 11:15 AM

NATO Hones Strategy
Tobacco group informing lawmakers of expected tax windfall due to PACT Act

MINNEAPOLIS — The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) this month launched a new strategy in states where lawmakers are proposing to raise cigarette and tobacco product tax rates, it said in the latest issue of the NATO E-News Bulletin. This strategy focuses on educating lawmakers about the tax windfall that all 50 states will receive due to the passage of the federal Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (also known as the PACT Act), it said.

Currently, states are losing an estimated $1.4 billion a year in state excise taxes and sales taxes on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products sold over the Internet; however, the regulations under the PACT Act requiring Internet sellers to collect cigarette/smokeless taxes plus sales taxes and remit those taxes to states along with the new regulation prohibiting the delivery of these tobacco products through the U.S. Mail will significantly reduce Internet sales. Without being able to buy these products at a significantly lower price over the Internet, consumers will revert to buying tobacco products at local stores resulting in the tax windfall to states.

Armed with this information, NATO is sending lawmakers in targeted states a letter informing them about the passage of the PACT Act, the amount of tobacco taxes and sales taxes being lost by states, and an estimate of the size of the tax windfall that their respective state may expect to receive. In some cases, the size of the expected tax windfall is estimated to be more than the additional revenue the state might collect if the cigarette and/or smokeless tobacco rates were increased. In other cases, the estimated tax windfall may allow lawmakers to reduce the amount of any proposed tax increase.

So far, NATO has sent letters regarding the imminent PACT Act tax windfall to lawmakers in Kansas (55 cents per pack cigarette tax increase and OTP tax increase from 10% to 40%), Minnesota (taxing little cigars as cigarettes), New Hampshire (20 cents per pack cigarette tax increase), New York ($1 per pack cigarette tax increase), and South Carolina (50 cents per pack cigarette tax increase).

Minneapolis-based NATO is a national retail trade association that focuses exclusively on state and federal tobacco legislative issues and leads the fight for all tobacco interests in the United States

#5 OTP Kid on 04.27.10 at 9:31 AM

I will only go to the NATO show. The TPE show sent out a letter slamming NATO, which convinced me not to attend the TPE show. The guys seem very low-handed to me.

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