If you don’t like the governments latest idea of so called plain packaging for all packets of cigarettes, hand rolling tobacco, pipe tobacco and cigars, sign the internet petition against it.
Calling all chocoholics! Auld Kendal Gold chocolate flavoured hand rolling tobacco now in stock. Early signs are encouraging with customers experimenting with their own blends. Chocolate and banana seems a popular choice.
Mc Barens have got us excited with their latest flavoured hand rolling tobaccos. We are stocking all three cocktail flavours: Cosmopolitan, Singapore Sling and Pina Colada. All come attractively packaged in 30g pouches for £8.40 and have good strong flavours and fine aromas. They will also be available loose, in weights from 5g.
If you are a big fan of the Imco CIP pipe lighter, or the classic petrol combi lighter (originally made from a first world war bullet design) make sure you buy a spare or two now, as the factory which has been making these lighters for the past 94 years has unexpectedly closed. We managed to order a couple of trays of each just after hearing the news, but further supplies are unlikely.
With the price of hand rolling tobacco going up alarmingly, many people are turning to the much cheaper thin cut pipe or shag tobacco. A new Virginia tobacco, disrespectfully referred to in the trade as ‘Lucky Shag’ is selling well, priced at £9.68 for 50g.
Thanks to our Specialist in Havanas status, we are now able to offer 20% discount on the following cigars - Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill, Punch Petit Coronations and Romeo y Julieta No.3. Available this month or while stocks last.
Were’re skiving off on Monday for the Bank holiday, but will be back on Tuesday at 9amish. Hope you all have a good one!
We’ve been stocking Matchless disposable electronic cigarettes for about 6 months now and are pleased to report a rechargeable version is now available. The kit comes with electronic cigarette, two cartridges and a USB charger for £13.99. Extra cartridges are £6.49 for a pack of 5. Each cartridge gives about 300 puffs, which is equivalent to about 25-30 cigarettes.
Are they are good idea? Certainly those who are already using them seem to think so, reporting a large drop in their tobacco consumption and naturally, the government have given them the thumbs up. It is interesting to note however, that the UK is the only country where they legal - all other countries banning their use pending further testing.
Returning from a two week holiday I see that supermarkets (and all shops over 3000sq feet) are now observing the governments latest idea on covering up tobacco products or “going dark” as it is know in the trade. We are told this is to stop young people from smoking. If anything, I think hiding things away makes them more attractive to young people.
Surprisingly, these draconian rules also apply to wholesalers. On my last visit the tobacco section was hidden from view by black curtains and any tobacco chosen was bundled into black bin liners so my deadly cargo could not be seen on the way to the checkout.
The legislation won’t stop here though. Already talks are underway on ”plain packaging” and by April 2015 all small shops will have to cover up any tobacco products.
Hopefully by then the government will run out of legislation and pick on something else!