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10 SMOKESHOP August 2016 ADVERTISING SALES NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA, CARIBBEAN Bob Olesen, Advertising Sales Director Tel: (212) 391-2060, ext. 134 AUSTRIA, FRANCE, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM Robert M. Lockwood, President & Publisher Tel: (212) 391-2060, ext. 109 BENELUX, IBERIA, INDONESIA, INDOCHINA, SOUTH AMERICA, ITALY, SPAIN Frederick A. Lockwood, Vice President Tel: (212) 391-2060, ext. 107 BULGARIA, GREECE, SCANDINAVIA, TURKEY Rob Lockwood Jr., Tel: (212) 391-2060, ext. 130 EASTERN EUROPE Frank Schuetze, Sales Representative Tel: +(49)(30) 645-7212 Fax: +(49)(30) 6409-1350 George Lockwood Special Sales Representative Tel: (413) 548-9700 Fax: (413) 548-9722 167 Shutesbury Road, Leveret, MA 01054 LOCKWOOD TRADE JOURNAL CO., INC. 3743 Crescent Street, 2nd Floor Long Island City, NY 11101 Tel: (212) 391-2060, Fax: (212) 827-0945 Lockwood Trade Journal Co., Inc. publishes trade and consumer magazines covering the entire tobacco industry including Smoke, Tobacco International, Tobacco Products International, and the Tobacco International Buyers' Guide & Global Directory. It also produces the EuroTab tobacco merchandise trade show in Eastern Europe ( T H E I N D U S T RY A U T H O R I T Y O N T O B A C C O R E TA I L I N G Official Publication of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association Smokeshop Magazine is printed with EnviroTech inks for web offset printing that have renewable resource content of approximately 27 percent, including vegetable oils and pine resin. STAFF: Mark Pursell, C.E.O.,; Kip Talley, Sr. Dir., Federal Legislative Affairs, kip@ipcpr. org; Matt Dogali, Sr. Dir., State Legislative Affairs,; Rachel Hyde, Legislative Affairs Manager,; Dawn Conger, Sr. Dir., Assoc. Member Relations, OFFICERS: Craig Cass, President (Charlotte, N.C.); Ken P. Neumann, 1st V.P., (Libertyville, Ill.); John Anderson, 2nd V.P., (Washington, D.C.); Greg Zimmerman, Treasurer, (Lemoyne, Pa.); Scott Regina, Secretary, (Virginia Beach, Va.); Finnie Helmuth, Ex-Officio, (Cockeysville, Md.). BOARD MEMBERS: Veronica Fenner, Colorado Springs, Co.; Terry Gallagher, Boulder, Co.; Dave Garofalo, Salem, N.H.; Mike Howe, Tampa, Fla.; Mame Kendall, Bridgeville, Pa.; Todd Naifeh, Oklahoma City, Ok.; Mike Peacock, Euless, Texas; Kent Pennington, Addison, Texas; Vartan Seferian, Phoenix, Ariz.; Reagan Starner, Tuscaloosa, Al.; Jim Young, Pinellas Park, Fla. International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailer's Association (IPCPR), 513 Capitol Court N.E., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20002, Tel: (202) 621-8064, Web:; Email:, Twitter: @theIPCPR. May 27, 2016 To Members of CAA, IPCPR, and CRA: It has been a little over two weeks since FDA released the Final Rule regulating cigars and other tobacco products. The 499-page rule is complex and raises as many questions as it answers. As the three industry trade associations have said, issuance of the Final Rule is the beginning of a long process. We are issu- ing this joint letter to advise members of actions we're taking on behalf of the entire industry. We have all been hard at work to understand exactly what the rule requires, and to explain its various provisions to each of you. It is important to remember that, in many respects, the industry can continue doing business as it has—while certain provisions become effective this year, others do not become effective for a year or more. The associations have met, and are committed to working to- gether to address the issues we have, so the industry may prosper and grow. We have experienced and dedicated staff and professionals assisting us as we continue to advise you on the meaning of various provisions, in order that each of you can determine how they apply to you. That process continues, and we will provide regular updates. We all understand the uncertainty caused by this regulated environment. Successfully addressing the challenges presented requires careful analysis, and patience. We believe the industry needs to work together, and the associations are exploring issues relating to compliance, including engagement with FDA for clarity and guidance, as well as other legal. legislative, and regulatory options moving forward. To that end, the members of the Boards of Directors of the three associations have agreed not to take any independent action, either in the courts or at FDA, while joint industry strategies are being developed, and request that other in- dustry members also not take any such action. If you have questions, about this or the status of our efforts, please get in touch with one of the associations. As always, we thank you for your continued support. Sincerely, Craig Williamson, President, Cigar Association of America (CAA) Mark Pursell, C E.O., International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Assoc. (IPCPR) Glynn Loope, Executive Director, Cigar Rights of America (CRA) IPCPR LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

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