Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey indicates increase in youth tobacco use for first time in 17 years

The first Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey (MYTS) was conducted in 2000, and additional rounds of data were collected every two to three years after. The most recent MYTS revealed an increase in youth tobacco use for the first time since the survey began. In 2017, 26.4% percent of high school students reported use of any… Continue reading Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey indicates increase in youth tobacco use for first time in 17 years

JUUL electronic cigarette brand popular with youth, dominates market, easy to conceal

There is a lot of buzz about the JUUL, an electronic cigarette that is popular with young people. The JUUL is manufactured by JUUL Labs, a company that spun off from Silicon Valley company Pax Labs in 2017. With 55% percent market share, JUUL is now the most popular electronic cigarette on the market. The… Continue reading JUUL electronic cigarette brand popular with youth, dominates market, easy to conceal

Al Capone Cigarillos market to Hip-Hop community

Al Capone Cigarillos are a brand of cigars manufactured and distributed by the Intercontinental Cigar Corporation. Al Capone cigarillos are described as “hand-rolled in Honduras” and “dipped in cognac”. These cigarillos come in flavors that include rum, cognac, Jamaican Blaze and sweet slims. The company relies mostly on online marketing. For example, Al Capone Cigars… Continue reading Al Capone Cigarillos market to Hip-Hop community

Marlboro Black helps Altria gain market share

  It has been five years since Altria released Marlboro Black—a cheaper offshoot of the number one U.S. cigarette brand. Marlboro Black is a “bolder” tasting cigarette that is targeted at millennials. The brand’s marketing efforts are designed to modernize Marlboro’s masculine image. The “Marlboro Man” cowboy hit the scene in the 1950s. The cowboy… Continue reading Marlboro Black helps Altria gain market share

New “High Nicotine” Cigarette Hits Minnesota Market

A new and unusual brand of cigarettes is being marketed in Minnesota. RED SUN cigarettes are promoted as “The BOLDEST, most UNAPOLOGETIC, and HIGHEST NICOTINE cigarettes in America!” in local publications like City Pages. RED SUN cigarettes are manufactured by a company called 22nd Century which has a mission to: “reduce the harm caused by… Continue reading New “High Nicotine” Cigarette Hits Minnesota Market

Feds finalize new tobacco rules

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced sweeping regulations for hookah, little cigars, dissolveables, and electronic cigarettes, in addition to the federal agency’s existing power over cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.