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Latest News

Life From Behind The Counter 15 ◊

Hello everybody It’s good to be here writing again. I had to take a step back last year due to the most wonderful, easy and stress-free experience of buying a house, NOT!! But...

Life From Behind The Counter 14 ◊

Hello all. Well, summer is finally here and I’ve dug out every fan I can find for the shop, because by mid-afternoon we have the sun fully on us and it’s a bit warm. We were very...

Life From Behind The Counter 13 ◊

Hello! I hope all is well with everyone? It’s always a quiet time of the year but the following certainly has not helped. ROAD WORKSWe can’t be the only ones struggling with...

Life From Behind The Counter 12 ◊

Happy New Year! Although it already seems like ages away. I hope Christmas sales were good for everyone? We can’t complain here, and if anything, New Year was even better. Now...

AGM Minutes. Nov 30th 2022 ◊

Dear Members, Agenda for the 44th AGM of The Association of Independent Tobacco Specialists on 30th November 2022 live at the Greswolde Hotel Knowle start 11:00 and to include...

Featured Shop: Farrants

Farrants has been a familiar sight in Cobham, Surrey since 1896 when it was a small rural village. We supplied the villagers from our small shop with everyday goods such as...

Featured Shops: JJ Fox

19 St James’s Street Their flagship store has been home to cigars and pipe tobacco for more than 230 years - open for business since 1787, making them the oldest cigar merchants...

Featured Shop: Smokers Paradise

Smokers Paradise is a specialist tobacconist that has a range of Havana Cigars, Pipes and Cigar Accessories. The family business has been established since 1976 and is now run by...

Legendary Cigar Man Passes Away

Tributes Paid To Former Hunters & Frankau Stalwart MEMBERS will have been saddened to hear of the passing of Simon Chase, a leading light of the UK and indeed international...

Paresh Patel Interview in Cigar Journal

Our chairman Paresh Patel has been interviewed for Cigar Journal in which he talks about how he started in the tobacco trade, his particular route to success and how he sees...

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If you work within the UK’s tobacco retail sector, either as a bricks-and-mortar retailer or as an online business owner – or both, you can reap the benefit of AITS membership.

Finding members

When you find a good tobacco site it is important to look for the AITS logo. When you deal with an AITS member you can be assured of Expertise, Quality and Good Service.

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Why join us?

The association is a trade body for independent tobacco retailers in the UK and Ireland. Our members benefit from support and guidance on all manner of legislative and commercial issues as well as access to .

To find out more, please visit our “Why Join Us?” page