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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
BETTY T. YEE
First District, San Francisco
PROPERTY AND SPECIAL TAXES DEPARTMENT
450 N STREET, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
PO BOX 942879, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA 94279-0056
916-327-4208 • FAX 916-323-9297
www.boe.ca.gov
SEN. GEORGE RUNNER (Ret.)
Second District, Lancaster
MICHELLE STEEL
Third District, Orange County
JEROME E. HORTON
Fourth District, Los Angeles
JOHN CHIANG
State Controller
CYNTHIA BRIDGES
Executive Director
Cigarettes Labeled as Little or Small Cigars Are Considered Cigarettes for Tax Purposes
Products labeled as little or small cigars under federal regulation (27 C.F.R. section 40.214 [2006]) and
the federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act (15 U.S.C. section 1331 et seq.) are considered
cigarettes under the California Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law and require tax stamps.
Distributors must apply a California cigarette tax stamp to each package labeled little or small cigars
they distribute. Packages without stamps are subject to seizure. In addition to forfeiting unstamped
packages, distributors may be subject to civil and criminal penalties if they do not comply with the tax
stamp requirements.
Manufacturers, distributors, and importers need to be aware that as new products enter the market,
the Board may request that an independent laboratory analysis be performed to determine whether
the product is a cigarette or tobacco product under the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law.
Wholesalers and retailers purchasing products labeled as small or little cigars from licensed distribu­
tors or importers should also verify that a stamp is affixed to each package. Packages of these prod­
ucts for sale at retail without stamps may be subject to seizure. Wholesalers and retailers of small or
little cigars should contact their suppliers to return any unstamped product.
Little cigars are not currently required to be listed on the California Attorney General's “Tobacco Directory.” For additional information on the Tobacco Directory, you may go online to
http://ag.ca.gov/tobacco/directory.php.
For information regarding this notice, please contact the Excise Taxes Division at 916-327-4208. You
may also go to the BOE’s website www.boe.ca.gov to subscribe to receive cigarette and tobacco
products program notices electronically.
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Excise Taxes Division
See reverse for more important information.
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STATE OF CALIFORNIA
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
BETTY T. YEE
First District, San Francisco
PROPERTY AND SPECIAL TAXES DEPARTMENT
450 N STREET, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
PO BOX 942879, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA 94279-0056
916-327-4208 • FAX 916-323-9297
www.boe.ca.gov
SEN. GEORGE RUNNER (Ret.)
Second District, Lancaster
MICHELLE STEEL
Third District, Orange County
JEROME E. HORTON
Fourth District, Los Angeles
JOHN CHIANG
State Controller
CYNTHIA BRIDGES
Executive Director
Important Notice
Information Regarding Federal Ban on Flavored Cigarettes
Effective September 22, 2009, cigarettes that contain certain characterizing flavors are considered adulterated
and the manufacture, import, and sale of these products are banned under the Federal Food, Drug, and
Cosmetic Act amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA). The FSPTCA
provides the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with regulatory authority over the manufacture,
marketing, and distributing of tobacco products. Specifically, section 907(a)(1)(A) established a tobacco
product special rule for cigarettes that states in part:
. . . a cigarette or any of its component parts (including the tobacco, filter, or paper) shall not contain,
as a constituent (including a smoke constituent) or additive, an artificial or natural flavor (other
than tobacco or menthol) or an herb or spice, including strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon,
pineapple, vanilla, coconut, licorice, cocoa, chocolate, cherry or coffee, that is a characterizing flavor
of the tobacco product or tobacco smoke.
These products can no longer be manufactured, imported, or sold in the United States and could be seized
by federal, state or local law enforcement authorities. For general information regarding the FDA’s Tobacco
Program and the ban on flavored cigarettes, please refer to the FDA’s website at www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/
default.htm.
Cigarettes banned by the FSPTCA have been and may continue to be removed from the California Tobacco
Directory by California’s Attorney General. As a reminder to all Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensees,
please refer to the California Tobacco Directory provided at: http://ag.ca.gov/tobacco/directory.php for a list
of cigarette manufacturers and brand families that are authorized for sale in California. It is illegal for
distributors to affix a California tax stamp on packages of cigarettes or pay the tax on roll-your-own product
unless the manufacturer and the brand family are listed in the California Tobacco Directory.
If you have any questions regarding this notice, please call the Taxpayer Information Section at 800-400-7115
(TDD/TTY: 800-735-2929). Customer service representatives are available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. Pacific time, except state holidays.
See reverse for more important information.
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