Troy Kelso

2020 PCA Trade Show to Have Significant Absences

2020 PCA Trade Show to Have Significant Absences It’s no secret that many were unhappy after the 2019 IPCPR trade show. The topic garnering the most attention at the time, was the announced CigarCon consumer day. After receiving significant pushback on multiple fronts, the IPCPR (now rebranded PCA) announced the cancellation of CigarCon. However, this…

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Opinion: We’re Not That Important and That’s a Good Thing

We’re Not Important and That’s a Good Thing. The FDA announced recently that it is illegal to sell tobacco, in all forms, to individuals under the age of 21. Sort of. As with all things political and legal when it comes to the national government, nothing is simple or straightforward. The legislation that increased the…

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Tobacco 21

THE WAR ON TOBACCO Everyone needs something to do; a purpose.  We find our self-worth and identity, to one degree or another, from our occupations and contributions to our employers, families, and communities.  Plumbers need clogs to clear and lines to lay, computer folks need systems to build and software to code, and lawmakers need…

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CigarCon

CIGARCON by Troy Kelso As the IPCPR has made clear through its name change to PCA, the tobacco retailer and tobacco retail business is no longer it’s only, or even primary, focus.  The retailers led organization has decided to expand the scope of their presence to include industry regulation and legislative issues as well as…

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IPCPR Changes Their Name

WHAT’S IN A NAME? By Troy Kelso The IPCPR has made several announcements recently that have been the talk of the industry.  The first was their name change from “International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers” (IPCPR) to “Premium Cigar Association” (PCA).  The second announcement was the introduction of consumer day, or “CigarCon”, at the 2020…

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