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Traditional cigarettes continued to gain momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic in October, according to the latest Nielsen convenience store report out Wednesday.

Higher pricing by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. helped offset a slight decline in sales volume, according to the report for the four-week period that ended Oct. 17. 

On Sept. 28, Reynolds raised by 13 cents the list price that wholesalers pay manufacturers for their products. The increase typically is passed on to customers at retail.