RALEIGH — Raleigh-based SpecComm International and its subsidiaries have been sold to TMA, a New Jersey company.

SpecComm includes the GTNF Conference, TabExpo, Tobacco Reporter, Vapor Voice, Tobacco Farm Quarterly, Tobacconist, Pipes & Tobacco, and Cigars & Leisure Magazines.

TMA, based out of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, is non-profit organization specializing in the tobacco and nicotine markets. The organization, comprised of its 26 publications, keeps members informed on news regarding tobacco and nicotine industries.

The purchase combines TMA’s member service and information data bank with the readership of the publications, the global readership of the GTNF conference and TabExpo’s International Exhibition, which will be held in Amsterdam later this year.

With these new assets, TMA is currently working on the foundations of a new division, the GTNF Trust. This trust will be the new repository for the Tobacco Reporter, the oldest industry trade publication in the United States; Vapor Voice, a publication covering e-cigarettes and the vaping industry; and the GTNF Conference, an international forum for stakeholders in these markets.

“All of us on the TMA Board are very excited about the future for TMA with the inclusion of these new assets,” said chairman Mike Ligon in a statement. ”

TMA will create a tobacco and nicotine content experience for industry and all stakeholders that has more depth and coverage than anywhere else. And watch for new topical content coming soon.”

This story is from the North Carolina Business News Wire, a service of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism