Melissa Vonder Haar

Melissa Vonder Haar
Tobacco Editor, CSP
Winsight LLC
(646) 439-0890

Melissa Vonder Haar is senior editor of CSP magazine. Contact her at

vaping and cigarettes

E-cigarette advocates, anti-tobacco groups divided over historic decline in smoking rate

Philip Morris iQOS

Enthusiasm building for Philip Morris International’s heat-not-burn technology

roll-your-own cigarette

Former retailer makes the case for roll-your-own tobacco in convenience stores

Sam Adams Utopia

The sum of the parts is that they’re willing to spend more money on less beer, but there’s a variable: that beer should be higher in alcohol.

no vaping sign

A new poll conducted by Stat and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggests most adults support regulations of the nascent segment.

Another year, another record-high average score for the chains studied in the CSP/Service Intelligence Mystery Shop as foodservice becomes a tenet of the industry.

Summer may have been volatile for the tobacco segment, but early autumn didn’t provide much rest. Will winter bring a respite from the drama? Don’t count on it.

Summer was a busy season for the tobacco industry. What follows are product trends and legislative issues percolating in the tobacco category.

During this year’s CSP Convenience Retailing University, hundreds of c-store retailers and suppliers took “courses” on industry-related issues, made connections and were granted previews of new products at the C-Store Product Gallery.

Anheuser-Busch, Kraft among companies offering retailers a sneak peek at new innovations