IPCPR President's Letter to Membership

IPCPR Member:

The 84th Annual Convention and International Trade Show this summer in Las Vegas is a critical opportunity for retail tobacconists and manufacturers to learn about navigating regulation. IPCPR will host a series of educational seminars to examine the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of tobacco products and enhance your understanding of key compliance issues. This forum will also bring together legal experts and industry representatives to discuss future legislative and legal strategies to protect the trade.   IPCPR this year is more important than ever.  The great news is that the floor is nearly sold out and retailer attendance is running 22% ahead year over year as of June 3rd.

As you finalize plans for your trip to Las Vegas, please consider the following important educational opportunities:

  • Manufacturer Seminar/The FDA, July 24 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Living with the FDA – A Seminar for Retailers: Sunday, July 24 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Government Affairs Strategy and Reception: Sunday, July 24 from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • State Association Breakfast: Tuesday, July 26 from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

In addition, you are invited to visit the IPCPR team at the government affairs booth on the trade show floor. Here you will learn about current legislative and regulatory challenges facing the industry, and how you can make a difference.

At the time of this writing there are still many aspects of the deeming rule that require further clarification. The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) is working to get firm, conclusive facts and interpretations to provide reliable information.  For our trade show, it is business as usual.  While we are working diligently on options for a regulatory, legislative or eventual legal fix, most of the deeming rule requirements do not kick in for 18 months or more.  In fact, most provisions affect manufacturing with retail being less affected.
Our staff is here to advise you during this changing regulatory climate. You will be selling cigars one year from now, three years from now, and ten years from now.  The industry must adapt to a new regulatory scheme.  I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the educational opportunities at the trade show that will help you operate your business in our new universe.

I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.


Craig Cass, President
International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association