The tobacco category has been difficult for the Center Store, as retailers contend with stringent state regulations and the seemingly infinite escalation in price. Some grocery merchandisers have chosen to wash their hands of the troublesome segment altogether, while others claim that people are still smoking and there's no reason to give up. And many purveyors of fine wines and specialty foods have found cigars to be a successful alternative to a pack of Marlboros. The tobacco category has ...

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