Cigar News: TAA Donates $50,000 to PCA to Aid State Advocacy

The Tobacconist Association of America (TAA) Board of Directors voted at their Winter Meeting to donate $50,000 to the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) to aid in the industry’s growing work in local and state legislation impacting the premium cigar and pipe industry.

CA Executive Director Scott Pearce noted:

“The PCA would like to thank the TAA for this outstanding show of support as our industry is facing some of the most egregious tax grabs and potential smoking bans in recent history. The PCA is hard at work in over two dozen states already fighting tax increases that, at the best of times, are harmful to our small business retailers. Especially during the pandemic that could potentially put our members out of business.”

PCA President John Anderson echoed Pearce’s gratitude, urging retailers everywhere to engage in our fight.

“We are at our best when we are all participating in this fight, and we need all of our retailer voices to join in to ensure we will not be steamrolled by misguided public policy, TAA’s support will help ensure that we can continue to be active and put all of our resources towards defending our retailers across the country.”

Joe Arundel, TAA President added:

“The TAA is happy that it can support the brick-and-mortar community in these most challenging times. The TAA recognizes and appreciates the outreach that PCA gives to our retail members in their respective communities across this country. We are confident that PCA can effectively help defend our stores and businesses in the coming months.”

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About PCA

Founded in 1933, the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) is the oldest, largest, and most active trade association representing and assisting retailers, manufacturers and suppliers of premium tobacco products. The PCA is a not-for-profit trade association and is recognized as the “Voice of Authority and Reason” on premium tobacco-related issues.

About TAA

The Tobacconist Association of America, was established in 1968. TAA has a tradition of supporting its members with tools and relationship building opportunities to optimize their success in the brick-and -mortar business. For additional information about TAA, please contact Stephanie Guadagno at