C-store update - The Secret Shopper & More..

Tobacco companies are hiring people to go into convenience(c) stores and tell the clerk that they have a craving for nicotine at work but smoking is no longer allowed and then ask is there an alternative. As part of the pubic awareness/education program the clerk as part of the sales team is expected to recommend an alternative such as Camel SNUS. Retailers play a significant role.. - from PM USA Newsletter, November 2007.

Look for many more smokeless tobacco products such as a product like Tic-Tats or even toothpicks laced with nicotine (likely using tobacco to avoid FDA oversight). Tobacco Products When You Can't Smoke...

Mike Szymanczyk now the CEO of Altria, Inc. states that Philip Morris owes
their success to the ability to connect with adult tobacco consumers through the
in-store experience
and the development of one-to-one relationships using their
database of 25 million adult cigarette smokers (Remarks, Investor Presentation,

The main growth in moist snuff tobacco is price-value/discount segment. RJ Reynolds Tobacco/Conwood has Grizzly and soon to be Philip Morris USA/UST, Inc has Husky. Grizzly outsells Husky 4 to 1 or even more. The c-store owner comments some cans of Husky have to be returned because the date to sell by has expired. Comparison U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Players: No. 1 UST and No. 2 Conwood...;