About Us

The Association of Independent Tobacco Specialists has been helping independent retailers with advice and guidance for over 40 years.

Our Promise to You


Serving You

Our mission is to ensure that specialist tobacco retailers get the support they need to provide the very best service to their customers.


Trade Fair

The annual National Tobacco and Gift Fair, open to members and tradespeople only, is chance for everyone to see what’s new in the tobacco industry


Supporting you

We keep all members abrest of changes to legislation and local council requirements as and when they are introduced


Exclusive deals

We proviude our members with exclusive agreements for areas such as insurance to ensure our members are covered for every eventuality

Serving Independent Tobacconists since 1976

It was on 10th February 1976, that a meeting was called at The Excelsior Hotel in Birmingham to form an Association of Tobacconists who could join together to improve the lot of those who dealt almost exclusively in tobacco and tobacco products.

The meeting was attended by Ken Barnes, Alan Darbey, Gerald Lando, Donald C Higgins and 12 specialist tobacconists. It was unanimously agreed that we should form an Association and it was decided to call it The Association of Independent Tobacco Specialists, which over the years has become known worldwide as AITS.

For a full acount of this, please visit the History of the Association.