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Founded in 1933, the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) is the oldest, largest and most active trade association representing and assisting retailers of premium tobacco products and their suppliers. IPCPR is a not-for-profit trade association recognized as the "Voice of Authority and Reason" on premium tobacco related issues. The Association provides its members with assistance in fighting onerous tobacco legislation and regulation, brings retailers and manufacturers together in mutually advantageous business relationships and provides its members with market data, research, services and product information to assist them in profitable operation of their businesses.

The organization formerly named RTDA (Retail Tobacco Dealers of America), changed its name to International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association in 2007 to distinguish its mission from that of cigarette and machine made cigar sellers and manufacturers.

In February 2016, IPCPR opened its new headquarters just a few blocks away from the United States Capitol at: 513 Capitol Ct NE, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20002-7709.


IPCPR provides its member with:

Legislative Action
  • Tracking the constantly changing legislation that may have an impact on our members.
  • Providing current legislative information through our Legislative Action Center.
  • Partnering with other powerful industry trade associations to proactively address legislative issues with a clear, consistent and convincing voice.
  • Convening members in individual states to help them develop effective strategies for legislative action, as a group or as individual business owners and taxpayers,
  • Providing the vital information, tools and techniques that tobacconists need to successfully work with —and influence, their state and local legislators, including industry statistics, correspondence, petitions and talking points for testimony.
  • Distributing legislative updates and calls to action so our members can immediately respond to the legislation that affects their businesses.

IPCPR Annual Convention & International Trade Show

  • The IPCPR Annual Convention & International Trade Show is the retail tobacconist's most important event of the year: a 4-day extravaganza featuring the industry's largest trade show, open exclusively to IPCPR members.

News, Information, Periodicals & Publications

  • The IPCPR Retailer's Almanac is considered the "bible" of the tobacco industry, with roughly 300 pages of product listings, ads and information on cigars, premium cigarettes, pipes, tobaccos, lighters, gift items and merchant services. The Almanac is indexed by supplier (including address and telephone numbers), as well as by product brand name and category, and is only available to IPCPR members. It is now also available online to IPCPR members (log in to access).
  • Members receive the quarterly IPCPR newsletter and complimentary subscriptions to Tobacconist and Smokeshop magazines, two premier publications for the premium tobacco industry.
  • The members-only section of the IPCPR website is constantly updated with the latest breaking news and developments from all segments of the premium tobacco industry.

Essential Services & Discount Programs

  • Membership includes invaluable opportunities for services that our members find beneficial and even critical to their operations. Check out the IPCPR discount preferred provider insurance and credit card processing programs, plus other discount offers in the Member Services/Affinity Programs section.


  • IPCPR's Tobacconist's Webinar Series provides educational offerings on a variety of topics designed specifically for premium cigar and pipe retailers. Our webinars are recorded and archived for post-broadcast viewing.
  • Trade show seminars and Lunch Time Learning Series educational sessions.

Marketing Information

  • The Find a Tobacconist feature on the IPCPR website allows consumers to easily find a quality tobacco retailer. Searchable by name, city/town, location (state) and zip code, it also allows a direct link from our site to yours, thereby providing your business with greater visibility and access. Note: Should your website or email address change, please let us know immediately, so we can update your information.



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International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association
513 Capitol Court NE, Ste 300
Washington, D.C. 20002-
Phone: 202-621-8064