Smoke and Mirrors

New OTP contracts may snuff out a hot category, opponents fear.

By  Samantha Oller, Senior Editor/Special Projects Coordinator

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With this year’s introduction of retail trade programs from Altria Group’s John Middleton Inc. and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USSTC), the lingo of the cigarette business has begun filtering into the other tobacco products (OTP) category.

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