Wind River Tobacco – QA / QC Manager



Wind River Tobacco Company, located near Wilson NC, is recruiting an experienced QA / QC Manager for its cigarette and RYO manufacturing operations. This new factory is equipped with state-of-the-art high-speed making and packing machinery to produce cigarettes for domestc and export of the highest quality. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced QA / QC individual to contribute to the success of a growing business right from the beginning.


Our QA / QC Manager will be the first full-time employee in the Quality department. As a result, you will initially be working directly alongside manufacturing personnel to introduce work instructions, provide training and support at every level of manufacturing. We are seeking an active hands-on QA / QC Manager who will spend time in cigarette manufacturing to insure quality is #1.


As the business develops, your role will evolve to Manage the entire scope of a fully functional Quality department with key responsibilities for assuring all aspects of manufacturing quality.


As you will be working closely with your production colleagues, team-fit is crucial. In addition you must also possess the ability to work alone and have excellent communication skills as you will interact with personnel, vendors and customers at all levels.


Prior Quality-related work experience with a cigarette manufacturer is a pre-requisite. International experience and / or experience with international quality standards and customers is highly desirable. You will most likely have direct experience in QC at the mid or upper level with a large cigarette manufacturer.  Your experience will most likely include a detailed understanding of the raw materials and all aspects of manufacturing from incoming materials to customer delivery.


This is a full-time position with benefits (health insurance, paid vacation, holidays & 401K).


Please email a cover letter and resume detailing your direct experience to…..

Bill Godshall – Tobacco Harm Reduction Update

2018 Federal Spending Bill


American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association (AEMSA) sends letter urging Congressional leaders to exclude Cole-Bishop amendment from 2018 federal spending bill (because it requires FDA to issue a Final Rule for “a product standard for vapor products” “to include but not limited to” “characterizing flavors” and “batteries” by January 2021, which could ban virtually all vapor sales more than a year before the Deeming Rule would in August 2022).


29 Republicans in Congress urge White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to support exempting premium cigars from FDA’s Deeming Reg/Ban in 2018 federal spending bill


Evolution of Cole-Bishop language


Introduced in May 2015, the Cole bill (HR 2058) only changed TCA’s 2007 predicate date for Deemed tobacco products (including vapor products)


Introduced in 2016, the Cole-Bishop amendment to the House spending bill would have changed the 2007 predicate date, would have required FDA to propose a standard for vapor product batteries within 12 months and issue a Final Rule within 24 months after issuance of Deeming Rule, and would have restricted print advertising to publications primarily read by adults.


Introduced in 2017, the Cole-Bishop bill (HR 1136) and the Cole-Bishop amendment to the House spending bill would change the 2007 predicate date, but would also require FDA to issue a Final Rule for “a product standard for vapor products” “to include but not limited to” “characterizing flavors” and “batteries” by January 2021, as well as restrict print advertising to publications primarily read by adults.


FDA Deeming Rule


HK Law’s Azim Chowdhury: FDA’s new tobacco strategy: What does it mean for your vape business? (from July)


AEMSA urges FDA to modify the Deeming Rule to once again allow vapor manufacturers to effectively and lawfully market lifesaving vapor products to adult smokers


AEMSA expands membership to include all segments of the electronic vapor industry (i.e. manufacturers, distributors and retailers), to develop sector-specific standards to ensure good manufacturing standards, ingredients quality control, and consumer safety


FDA announces new campaign to purportedly discourage youth from vaping that could encourage more youth to vape (as telling teens to not vape just encourages them to vape).

News media repeat FDA’s hype about program to purportedly reduce teen vaping


Bloomberg/DHHS funded Johns Hopkins invites Scott Gottlieb, Mitch Zeller, Josh Sharfstein (who unlawfully banned vapor products in 2009), Joanna Cohen, Dorothy Hatsukami and Ken Warner to promote/discuss FDA Deeming Rule and nicotine reduction plan for cigarettes, FDA’s  Gottlieb unveils new Real Cost ad that further demonizes nicotine and vapor products, and that could encourage more nonsmoking teens to vape. (begins at 17 minutes)


Carl Phillips: FDA releases new nonsensical anti vaping ad


FDA issues new infographic that deceives readers to inaccurately believe that:

– very low risk e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, and lower risk cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah are just as harmful as cigarettes,

– experimental and occasional use of any vapor or tobacco product is as harmful as daily cigarette smoking (by citing only “past 30 day” use data), and that

– all e-cigarettes and vapor products are tobacco products.


Brian Fojtik: Stop lying to smokers about safer alternatives


FDA issues report citing unsubstantiated criticisms it solicited and received about e-cigs and tobacco products (after Obama’s FDA and DHHS deceived the public about e-cigs).


Carl Phillips: FDA’s motive for releasing vapor product reports raises questions


FDA’s Scott Gottlieb, Mitch Zeller and Janet Woodcock announce another effort to promote and market even more ineffective NRT drugs to smokers; public hearing set for 1/26/2018.


FDA and DHHS promote yet another program to increase sales of Big Pharma’s ineffective and less than safe tobacco cessation drugs, and to deceive Americans to inaccurately believe FDA approved drugs are the only effective ways to quit smoking.


Jonathan Adler: Why FDA Regulations limiting e-cigarette marketing may cost lives and violate the constitution


US DOJ Lawsuit against Cigarette Companies


Cigarette companies air advertisements mandated by US Court (pursuant to DOJ lawsuit) that falsely claim nicotine is addictive. In fact, cigarette smoking is addictive, not nicotine.




New CDC webpage on e-cigarettes contains dozens of false and misleading fear mongering claims about vaping, cites biased US PHS report hawking Big Pharma’s nicotine and falsely claiming evidence is “insufficient” to recommend vaping for smoking cessation; but finally admits vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes and that vaping “may help non-pregnant adult smokers” but only “if used as a complete substitution for all cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products.”


Alex Berezow: On e-cigarettes, CDC should learn from UK’s NHS


CDC reports 2014-2016 NHIS data for tobacco use among working adults; deceptively insinuates that all types of tobacco products (including vapor) are as harmful as cigarettes, that using multiple tobacco products is more harmful than using one type (including cigarettes), and that “some day” use is as harmful as “every day” use (by combining them into the same group inaccurately called “current users”); calls for “tobacco-free” policies for all workplaces and public places, and other policies to prevent smokers from switching to smokefree alternatives.


Carl Phillips critiques CDC NHIS data on e-cigarette use by occupation, races, etc.


CDC issues chart/list of state laws that regulate sales, taxation and use of vapor products


US THR Surveillance


NIDA funded 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey finds:

–        New record low lifetime, past month and daily cigarette smoking rates among US teens,

–        Past 30 day cigarette use fell to 1.9% among 8th graders, 5.0% among 10th graders, 9.7% among 12th graders,

–        Daily cigarette use fell to .6% among 8th graders, 2.2% among 10th graders, and 4.2% among 12th graders,

–        3.5% of 8th graders, 8.2% of 10th graders, and 11.0% of 12th graders vaped nicotine in past 30 days,

–        Among the 27.8% of 12th graders who vaped in the past year and were asked what they inhaled the last time they vaped, 51.8% said “just flavoring”, 32.8% said “nicotine” and 11.1% said “marijuana” or “hash oil”.


CDC issues select 2016 NHIS vaping data, finds:

– 1.2% of US adults (2.97M) were “daily” vapers in 2016;

– 3.2% of US adults (7.93M) were “current” e-cigarette users (i.e. every day or some days), down from 3.4% in 2015, and down from 3.7% in 2014;

– E-cigarettes were used “every day or some days“ by 4.5% of 18-24 year olds (1.41M), 4.2% of 25-44 year olds (3.56M), 2.9% of 45-64 year olds (2.44M), 1.0% of 64+ year olds (.48M); and

– 15.4% of US adults (38.16M) had ever used an e-cigarette.


Brad Rodu: 2016 CDC data shows e-cigarette use declines again, finds

– 7.8 million currently used e-cigs,

– 3.9% (4.5 million) of men currently used e-cigs, and 2.6% (3.3 million) women did so,

– former smokers accounted for 34% of “current” e-cig users, up from 30% in 2015, and from 22% in 2014.


Clive Bates: Trends in tobacco and nicotine use in the United States (excellent charts showing data from NYTS, MTF and NHIS surveys).


Brad Rodu: New Vaping Insights Based on FDA’s PATH Survey 2013-14

Rodu/Plarphanswat analyze FDA 2013-14 PATH adult survey data, find:

– 5.6% (12.9M) of US adults were either current e-cigarette users or triers, including 2.4% (5.5M) e-cig users and 3.2% (7.4M) e-cig triers,

– 1.0% (2.3M) of US adults vaped daily, 1.4% (3.2M) vaped on some days, 3.2% (7.4M) were current e-cigarette triers,

– 0.3% (.7M) of US adults were both former cigarette smokers and former e-cig users, accounting for 26.9% of former e-cig users, and indicating that many smokers who quit smoking by switching to vaping also subsequently quit vaping,

– 45.7% (1.1M) of daily vapers were former smokers, 27.7% were daily smokers, 19.0% were some day smokers, 3.8% were current cigarette triers, 3.3% were former cigarette triers, 0.5% were never cigarette smokers,

– 61.5% (2.0M) of some day e-cigarette users were daily smokers, 13.0% were some day smokers, 9.5% were former smokers, 9.3% were current cigarette triers, 5.0% were former cigarette triers, 1.8% were never cigarette smokers,

– 62.3% of current e-cigarette triers were daily smokers, 13.2% were some day smokers, 6.4% were former smokers, 10.7% were current cigarette triers, 5.6% were former cigarette triers, 1.8% were never cigarette smokers.


Brad Rodu: More vaper insights from FDA PATH 2013-14;

Rodu/Plarphanswat analyze FDA 2013-14 PATH adult survey data, finda top reasons for vaping:

  1. “less harmful to me” (94%),
  2. “less harmful to persons around me,” (88%)
  3. “help to quit smoking,” (86%)
  4. “don’t smell” (80%)


2013/14 FDA PATH adult survey data finds use of e-cigarettes among smokers and former smokers was significantly higher than use of FDA approved NRT products, use of e-cigarettes was only the smoking cessation method other than unassisted quit attempts with higher odds of being a former smoker.

Brad Rodu – Population Level Proof: E-cigarettes are popular and successful quit-smoking aids


Study of 15,532 recent cigarette smokers (since 2010, which included 75% current smokers and 25% former smokers) from 2014/15 NHIS data finds:

– 52% of daily adult vapers in the US have quit smoking since 2010, compared to 28% who never vaped, and to 12% of some day vapers;

– daily vapers were 3.18 times more likely to quit smoking since 2010 than never vapers;

– daily vapers accounted for 10.7% of former smokers, but just 3.3% of current smokers.


2014/15 CPS-TUS survey of US adults found regular vaping (i.e. 20 or more of past 30 days) was reported by 12.7% of former smokers (<1 year), by 7.4% of former smokers (1-3 years), by 3.6% of current smokers, and by just .1% of never smokers; found 7.7% of adults ever used an e-cig, 2.1% currently used e-cigs (i.e. at least once in past 30 days), and .9% regularly vaped.


Study of CDC NATS data finds the number of US adults who switched from cigarettes to vapor products increased 100% from 2012/2013 to 2013/2014


Study by former CDC OSH director Michael Eriksen et al finds nicotine was vaped by 81% of US adult smokers who vape, but just by 37% of adult non smokers who vape.

Although many surveys have found that many vapers do NOT vape nicotine, the US DHHS still falsely classifies all vapor products as “tobacco products” and everyone who vapes (including those who vape just flavors, CBD and/or THC) as “tobacco users”.


Canadian THR Surveillance


2016 Canada survey confirms vaping has NOT renormalized smoking, finds:

– cigarette smoking by youth (12-17) declined to 3.6% (from 4.1% in 2015),

– smoking by 12+ year olds declined to 16.9% (from 17.7% in 2015, and 20.9% in 2012),

– 3.7 million Canadians smoke daily (down from 3.8 million in 2015, and 4.5 million in 2012)


UK THR Surveillance


Young People’s Use of E-Cigarettes across the United Kingdom: Findings from Five Surveys 2015-2017 finds:

– Just 1%-3% of 11-16 year olds in the UK regularly use e-cigarettes at least weekly,

– Among regular cigarette smokers, 7%-38% regularly use e-cigarettes,

– Among never smokers, 0.1%-0.5% regularly use e-cigarettes,


French THR Surveillance


Survey of French university students finds:

– 12% of former smokers, 5% of current smokers, and 0.3% of never smokers were current e-cig users,

– 9% of former smokers and 2% of current smokers were daily vapers,

– just 3.3% of current and former smokers used an e-cig prior to smoking cigarettes,

– although 13.2% of never smokers ever used an e-cig, just 0.3% currently used e-cigs,


Vaping Education and Advocacy


Many excellent comments are submitted to the UK House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology in response to its inquiry into e-cigarettes here, including the following.

Clive Bates and a better formatted version here 
Public Health England

University College London,Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (West, Brown, Shabab) –


Royal College of Physicians

British Heart Foundation

Cancer Research UK

Royal Society for Public Health

British Medical Association

Cochrane group

UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group

Mental Health and Smoking Partnership

New Nicotine Alliance

Department of Health (England)

Peter Hajek

Caitlin Notely, Lynne Dawkins, Emma Ward and Richard Holland

Riccardo Polosa

Leicester City Council (Louise Ross)

Oliver Kershaw (runs

Independent British Vape Trade Association

Institute for Economic Affairs


After years of demonizing and lobbying to ban vapor products, British Medical Association admits vaping is far less harmful than cigarette smoking, doesn’t harm bystanders, hasn’t led to cigarette smoking by teens, is almost exclusively done by smokers and ex-smokers, and has helped many smokers quit


The British Psychology Society endorses vaping for smoking cessation

Changing behavior: electronic cigarettes


UK National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training releases The Switch videos on the health benefits of switching from cigarettes to vaping and urging smokers to switch


Oliver Kershaw: E-Cig Summit 5 – the return of the Summit (London)


James Dunworth: E-cig Summit Round Up November 2017


Sarah Jakes keynote speech at the E-Cig Summit 2017


Carl Phillips: Science Lesson: How we know vaping poses little or no risk


Carl Phillips – Science lesson: How vaping leads to smoking cessation


Joe Sylvester (12/1): The nine biggest myths about vaping


Fairchild/Niaura/Abrams: American needs a candid smoking control champion (Godshall comments)


Gerry Stimson: a conversation about e-cigarettes


Vaping Research


Konstantinos Farsalinos issues comprehensive review of recent research and evidence on vaping


3 ½ year prospective study by Polosa et al finds no differences in health outcomes between daily vapers who have never smoked and never vapers who never smoked;

Health outcomes included (blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, lung function, respiratory symptoms, exhaled breath nitric oxide [eNO], exhaled carbon monoxide [eCO], and high-resolution computed tomography [HRCT] of the lungs)


Study of 4,192 former smokers who quit by switching to vaping identifies recommendations for smokers (who want to switch to vaping) to improve their chances


Study of male psychiatric patient smokers who were given e-cigarettes finds 10% quit smoking within a month, significant reduction in mean daily cigarette consumption (from 16.6 to 5.7) and breath CO.


Case study finds chronic tonsillitis disappeared after never smoker began vaping, antimicrobial properties of propylene glycol thought to be reason


Megan Weier: Moving beyond vaping as a cessation-only practice [criticizes the many limitations of, and the misguided reliance upon, randomized clinical trials (RCTs) for studying the effects of vaping on smokers].


Carl Phillips – Science Lesson: Clinical trials are a terrible way to assess vaping


NCI funded study finds vast majority of vaping news in the US in 2015 was anti-vaping propaganda about youth (most of which was generated by Obama’s DHHS to lobby for FDA’s vapor sales ban to adults).


Study finds particles in vapor aerosol emissions pose excess lifetime cancer risk 5 orders of magnitude lower than those in cigarette smoke.


Coral Gartner: E-cigarettes and youth: be alert but not alarmed (highlights evidence finding vaping has helped many smokers quit, as teen smoking has plummeted)


JF Etter: Gateway effects and electronic cigarettes


Study of Canadian high school students finds vapers are more physically active and involved in sports than nonvapers, finds smokers are less active and less involved in sports than nonsmokers, but authors advocate more anti vaping propaganda


DHHS funded study by Zhu et al finds vapers had higher smoking cessation rate (8.2%) than non vapers (4.8%) in 2014/15, and vapers attempted significantly more smoking cessation attempts


After running many editorials urging FDA to ban vapor products and advocating Allegheny County’s workplace vaping ban, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cites Zhu et al study and endorses vaping to help people quit smoking.


NIH funded researchers Levy et al (including some who previously demonized vaping) conduct vaping substitution model, find that vaping could save lives of 6.6 million US smokers, and add 87 million years to smokers’ lives


NIDA/FDA funded study of smokers and recent quitters finds that banning sales of flavored e-cigarettes (that Obama’s FDA tried to impose) would discourage cigarette smokers from switching to vaping.


Modeling Study finds vapor products pose exponentially lower cancer risk than cigarettes


Altria study finds hazardous and potentially hazardous constituents in exhaled (i.e. secondhand) vapor aerosol are exponentially lower than those in secondhand cigarette smoke, and are exponentially lower than occupational regulatory and consensus limits.


PMI study finds no toxicological effects on rats from inhaling high levels propylene glycol, glycerine or nicotine (the main ingredients in vapor products)


Polosa/Crawley: Scientific and ethical obligations to publish tobacco industry-funded research on nicotine

TPE – Las Vegas 2018

For Immediate Release:

TPE Show Contact: Hilary Manning


TPE Press Contact: Rachel McKnett


TPE 2018: Don’t Miss Out!

The first and largest industry event of the year promises to offer amazing opportunities for all attendees.

December 2017 – A must-attend event of the year, on Jan 30-Feb 1, 2018, TPE 2018 is bringing together the industry’s best of the best. From timing and location, to vendors, products, informational sessions, and exclusive deals, the show is a smart bet for retailers looking to grow their businesses in the year ahead.

Situated at the beginning of 2018, the show is purposely timed for restocking after the holidays and in preparation for the spring smoking season. Its Las Vegas location is an easy hub to catch an affordable flight in or out, and offers a festive environment that provides a perfect place to conduct serious business and fun.

This year’s vendor list is bigger than ever, with hundreds of vendors, including returning favorites like Davidoff, Rocky Patel, and Villiger, plus many new arrivals, like Xcaliber, Miami Cigar, Royal Agio, and Cornelius & Anthony. bringing fresh products and accessories to the industry. TPE 2018 also gives attendees the opportunity to stretch their buying dollars by offering exclusive savings in a coupon book distributed upon entrance to the show. Most of these deals are in addition to the specials offered by each vendor, which means that retailers will be able to buy more, for much less.

“We are looking for TPE 2018 to provide its attendees with the most bang for their buck,” says Jason Carignan, CMO of Kretek, parent company of TMG. “We’re bringing together top vendors offering thousands of products at profit-generating prices for our retail partners. That alone makes the trip to Vegas worth it. Then, add in the show timing, the fun location, and the educational sessions, and it’s truly a can’t-miss event.”

Industry leaders, like Jonathan Drew of Drew Estate and Tom Briant of NATO will be speaking at the show, offering information and insight on growth opportunities, new strategies, and how to navigate current and upcoming legislation challenges.

Registration for TPE 2018 is already underway. Attendees are encouraged to sign up early, and skip the lines on the day of the show. For more information about TPE 2018, please visit

For more information about TPE 2018, please visit

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About TPE:

Under the banner of Tobacco Media Group (TMG) owned by Kretek International, Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) is the largest B2B tobacco trade show highlighting the full-spectrum of tobacco, vapor, alternatives and general merchandise products available on the ever-evolving market. TPE 2018 is planning to deliver the industry’s most compelling content, and will be held January 31 – February 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. To learn more about TPE, please visit the website:


About NATO

Now in its 16th year, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, Inc. (NATO) is a national trade association organized to strengthen the business interests of all tobacco retailers on a collaborative and individual basis. Headquartered in Minneapolis, it assists its members throughout the country to respond to and stay atop the pulse of tobacco-related legislation on the local, state and federal levels. NATO will be holding its Industry Outlook 2018 event on January 30, 2018. To learn more about NATO, please visit the website:

Asthma and Vaping: Study Shows Long-Term Benefits

Asthma and Vaping: Study Shows Long-Term Benefits


Making the switch from smoking to vaping has already gained attention for being beneficial for overall health, and a first-of-its-kind study specifically focused on how it can be particularly beneficial for smokers with asthma. Asthmatic smokers who reduced their tobacco intake by switching to vaping saw notable health improvements.


Study Details


The study, published in a February 2016 edition of Discovery Medicine, reviewed health issues related to asthma in 18 people who had previously participated in a previous asthma-related study. Researchers looked at issues such as:


  • Lung functioning
  • Respiratory symptoms
  • Responsiveness of airways
  • Asthma control
  • Asthma exacerbation rates
  • Tobacco consumption


Measurements were recorded to set an initial baseline before the switch to vaping was made, and then taken again at follow-up visits at six months, one year, and two years later. Sixteen of the participants had switched from cigarettes to vaping completely; two of the participants had reduced their cigarette intake but continued to smoke while vaping.


Overall results found “significant and stable” improvements across multiple categories. Smokers with asthma who reduced cigarette consumption in favor of vaping showed improvements in lung functioning, respiratory symptoms, responsiveness of airways and asthma control. No changes in asthma exacerbation rates were noted.


Significance of Study Results


This study was the first of its kind to look at the long-term effects of switching from smoking to vaping for people with asthma. It confirmed that vaping can help reduce asthma related issues, with beneficial effects that may last for the long term. It likewise showed that vaping can actually reverse the harm from smoking in asthma patients who smoke.


As the study authors noted, the study results can be helpful for health care professionals when counseling patients with asthma who may be seeking information or an alternative to smoking.


Why It Matters


Perhaps the greatest takeaway from the study is that smokers with asthma, who know they should give up cigarettes for their health but simply cannot seem to quit, now have an alternative that can make a difference to their health. Rather than struggling through nicotine withdrawal symptoms, attempting to break the psychological hold, or otherwise fighting to break a harmful cigarette habit, they can instead replace it with a less harmful habit.


Asthmatic smokers are consistently increasing their risk of asthma-related issues while worsening the overall condition.  People with asthma who have smoked at least a pack a day for more than 20 years frequently suffer from the most severe asthma, typically with a rapid decline in lung function, increased airflow obstruction, and a decreased response to anti-asthma medications.


Smoking and Vaping Differences and Similarities


Smoking and vaping are completely different with regard to what’s being inhaled. Smoking involves lighting tobacco on fire and then inhaling a slate of dangerous chemicals. Vaping consists of heating a tobacco e-liquid to produce a vapor.


The ingredients in e-liquid typically include propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine and flavoring. Those who choose to vape a natural tobacco e-liquid, rather than one crafted using synthetic flavorings, colorings and additives, are not subjecting themselves to any additional chemicals.


Although smoking and vaping involve different methods, they are similar enough to make a seamless transition from the former to the latter. Both involve the hand-to-mouth motion, the oral fixation, and the delivery of nicotine. Vapers have the added benefit of gradually reducing nicotine levels if desired to gently wean the body off nicotine.


Vaping can serve as both a feasible and less harmful alternative to smoking, especially for those suffering from asthma who simply cannot seem to give up cigarettes. Not only can vaping satiate the urge, but it can provide a tobacco experience that’s more flavorful and acceptable in society.






Why E-Cigs are less harmful than Cigarettes

Feel free to click on the link below to read what the UK Government’s position is on e-cigs….

TPE Exhibition and NATO Conference – 2018

For Immediate Release:

TPE Show Contact: Hilary Manning

TPE Press Contact: Rachel McKnett

NATO Industry Outlook Planned to Coincide with TPE 2018

Las Vegas to welcome two important events for the tobacco and tobacco-related products industry.

October 2017 – TPE 2018, the first big buying tradeshow of the year for the tobacco + industry, is pleased to announce that NATO has aligned their Industry Outlook with this year’s show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Known for offering insights on market trends and current legislation, the NATO Industry Outlook will now be co-located at TPE 2018, occurring on January 30, 2018, the day before the show opens on Jan 31, 2018. This effectively transforms TPE 2018 into a three-day event, with industry leaders, buyers, sellers, manufacturers, distributors, and media outlets gathering to learn, network, and do business from Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2018.

The combined TPE 2018 and NATO Industry Outlook will create one powerhouse destination, offering a wealth of top products, information and guidance on selling tobacco and tobacco-related goods in the current legislative climate. Although NATO was actively involved in last year’s TPE show, efforts are being stepped up to a whole new level.

“With legislation and regulations creating roadblocks to our industry’s growth, we’re encouraging people from all facets and categories to get involved, get educated, and learn how to navigate these new waters,” says Tom Briant, Executive Director of NATO. “By joining efforts with the 2018 TPE Show, we’re hoping to reach people directly affected by the state of affairs, and arm them with information and strategies for continuing to grow their businesses- and our entire industry.”

The Industry Outlook is scheduled to hold a number of informative sessions presented by industry icons, covering relevant, timely topics like local legislation, marketing, and finance. These include seminars like Market Trends in Tobacco, Wall Street Industry Update, and Tobacco Legislation: A Local and State Overview.

TPE 2018 is purposely positioned at the start of the year, to help retailers restock their stores after the holidays. The show connects thousands of attendees with exhibitors from the tobacco, vapor, and alternative categories, offering the latest goods and services, and providing an enjoyable place to buy, sell, learn, and network.

“By combining NATO’s Industry Outlook with TPE 2018, we’re hoping to inspire attendees with learnings from NATO, and then provide products and solutions that will help retailers meet their goals for growth and profits in the coming year,” notes Ben Stimpson, Managing Director of Tobacco Media Group (TMG), the parent company of TPE. “This combined effort is poised to be the most important and valuable tobacco and tobacco-related products industry event in 2018. And we’re excited to be behind it.”

For more information about the NATO Industry Outlook or TPE 2018, please visit

About TPE:

Under the banner of Tobacco Media Group (TMG) owned by Kretek International, Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) is the largest B2B tobacco trade show highlighting the full-spectrum of tobacco, vapor, alternatives and general merchandise products available on the ever-evolving market. TPE 2018 is planning to deliver the industry’s most compelling content, and will be held January 31 – February 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. To learn more about TPE, please visit the website:

About NATO

Now in its 16th year, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, Inc. (NATO) is a national trade association organized to strengthen the business interests of all tobacco retailers on a collaborative and individual basis. Headquartered in Minneapolis, it assists its members throughout the country to respond to and stay atop the pulse of tobacco-related legislation on the local, state and federal levels. NATO will be holding its Industry Outlook 2018 event on January 30, 2018. To learn more about NATO, please visit the website:

BAT – update….

Comment from Fiona Cincotta, a senior market analyst at


British American Tobacco boosted by Brexit

British American Tobacco posted higher earnings in early trading this morning beating estimated figures to report actual earnings per share of 1.344 with revenue rising to 7.7 billion, an increase of 16%. The tobacco giant, maker of iconic brands including Dunhill, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall was helped by weakness in sterling following on from Brexit.

Proposed Sale of Molins Instrumentation & Tobacco Machinery division

Proposed Sale of Molins Instrumentation & Tobacco Machinery division

Date: 08/06/17

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Molins, the global packaging solutions group, today announces that it has entered into a conditional agreement with G.D S.p.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Coesia S.p.A., to sell its Instrumentation & Tobacco Machinery division.


Click on the following link to view the announcement: Proposed Sale of Molins Instrumentation & Tobacco Machinery division


Click on the following link to view the Circular: Proposed sale of I&TM 08.06.17 – Circular

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