Everything from heat-not-burn devices to nicotine pouches piqued retailers’ interest on the NACS Show exhibit floor, despite growing controversy over flavored tobacco and vaping products.
Retailers walking the exhibits saw Altria Group, Richmond, Va., unveiling a full-sized pop-up store for its U.S. introduction of the heat-not-burn IQOS device, and they saw Swedish Match introduce new flavors for its Zyn nicotine pouch.
At the same time, controversy lingered over the category as state and federal officials have taken significant steps recently to stop minors from using flavored e-cigarettes. Prior to the NACS Show in Atlanta, at least three states—Massachusetts, Michigan and New York—issued executive orders to remove or restrict the products at retail. Several other states initiated similar actions after the trade show concluded.
Still, foot traffic at many of the tobacco exhibits remained high. Click here for a rundown of tobacco products seen on the NACS Show floor this year.
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