The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association is moving to Washington. For many years, the IPCPR operated out of Columbus, Georgia which had a low overhead, but made for wicked commutes to DC to fight legislation in Congress. So about a year ago, the organization decided it was time to move up. A building was found on Capitol Hill, a short walk from the legislators and work has begun to make the building a home for the group. The IPCPR hopes to move in sometime this summer.
The reactions are pretty positive. Jim Young, president of Davidoff North America says he is thrilled that the IPCPR will now be on the front line of fighting federal legislation. The CEO of the IPCPR says that the new headquarters will enable the organization to house its staff in one locale to provide better service. (Right now the IPCPR has staff in 5 states.)
One question is will people be able to smoke in the new DC headquarters. Tobacco shops are exempt, but the IPCPR is not a tobacco shop.
The law requires the employer to generally prohibit smoking in the enclosed area of a place of employment[xii], but the employer may permit smoking in an outdoor area under his or her control, subject to the terms and conditions of the lease or contract between the owner and the tenant.
I’m sure they will work on it.