Investigations Division - Cigarette and Tobacco Products Inspection Program

The Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act of 2003, effective January 1, 2004, provided the Board of Equalization’s Investigation Division additional staff to inspect retail locations and seize any untaxed cigarettes and tobacco products, including cigarettes without tax stamps or with counterfeit stamps, or cigarette and tobacco products to which cigarette tax stamps are affixed in violation of the specified prohibitions under the Master Settlement Agreement (Revenue & Taxation Code section 30165.1). "Unstamped" cigarette packages may also include a package of cigarettes that bears a tax stamp of another state, or cigarette package, stamped or unstamped, that is marked "Not for sale in the United States."

The table below reflects the results of current inspections conducted by the Investigations Division, and will be updated on a monthly basis.  Prior year’s figures can be viewed using the “prior years ” link below. Inspections conducted include retail, distributor, and wholesale business locations.

Year 2005 Number of Inspections Number of Administrative Seizures Total Packs of Cigarettes Seized
January 480 58 17,716
February 724 82 20,245
March 584 87 17,071
April 720 63 22,238
May 637 81 14,298
June 632 53 22,352
July 540 69 22,717
August 456 45 12,291
September 468 60 14,521
October 457 35 16,291
November 470 26 10,134
December 728 32 9,939
Totals 6,896 691 199,813

Current Year

Prior Years: