August 1998
Volume 25
Number 4

1998 Smokeshop Industry Report:
As Boom Matures, Profit Margins Soften

Cigar retailing may be leveling off, but the industry is still showing increases based on the research results of Smokeshop Magazine's annual retailer survey. See how your store compared to others in 1997.
Feature Article:
Lew Rothman: Retailer Enemy No. 1?
by E. Edward Hoyt III
Lew Rothman, owner of 800-JR Cigar Inc. has often been scrutinized for his discount pricing over the years. But he certainly knows the pulse of the cigar industry like no other. And he might even convince you that he is one of the best things that's happened to the retail industry.
Merchandise Focus: Pipes
Pipes are Back, and Here's Why!
by Richard Carleton Hacker
Pipe purchases have been picking up in retail stores for some time now. so if you haven't started thinking about stocking pipes alongside your cigars, it's time to discover - or rediscover - this 400-year-old smoking instrument.

Gifts and Accessories for Cigar, Pipe, and Cigarette Smokers

by E. Edward Hoyt III

What's Happening and Where in the Tobacco Industry

A state-by-state round-up of legislative initiatives

Equipment and Services for Effective Retailing

Tobacco Products and Industry Promotions

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