Kevin "Kip" Talley

Bill to End Operation Choke Point Clears U.S. House of Representatives

A bill seeking to bring an end to Operation Choke Point, the government program launched in 2013 that seeks to disconnect certain businesses from the banking…

Appropriations Bill Could Exempt Premium Cigars from FDA Regulation

With a deadline to pass an appropriations bill quickly approaching in the U.S. Congress, a new ray of hope to exempt premium cigars from Food…

Operation Choke Point Targets Cigar Manufacturer, Two More Retailers

Operation Choke Point, the government program that seeks to keep select types of businesses out of the banking system, is once again targeting the cigar industry, and…

33 Members of Congress Request Investigation Into Operation Choke Point

In a letter sent today to the Inspector General of the United States, Michael Horowitz, as well as to the Office of Professional Responsibility, 33…

Operation Choke Point Targets Tobacco Retailers

While the cigar industry as a whole awaits FDA’s decision on how it plans to regulate premium cigars, tobacco retailers have a new and very…

Press Release: IPCPR Submits Letter to OMB on Regulation of Premium Cigars

December 11, 2013 (Washington, DC)–Recently, IPCPR President Finnie Helmuth, 1st Vice President Craig Cass, and others met with the Office of Management and Budget Office…

Press Release: White House Updates Regulatory Agenda on Cigars

November 27, 2013 (Washington, DC) — On November 27, 2013, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs…

FDA Pushes Forward on Cigar Regulation

The Food and Drug Administration’s effort to regulate the premium cigar industry took a step forward recently, as the proposed rule on regulating cigars has…

IPCPR Restructuring to Better Address Legislative Efforts

The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association is about to embark on a bit of restructuring as they seek to better address their legislative…

Press Release: IPCPR Hires New Senior Director of Federal Legislative Affairs

January 22, 2013 (Columbus, GA) — At the end of January, Kevin “Kip” Talley will be the new IPCPR Senior Director of Federal Legislative Affairs….