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 year’s link below. Inspections conducted include retail, distributor, and wholesale business locations.

Year 2006 Number of Inspections Number of Administrative Seizures Total Packs of Cigarettes Seized
January    848 29   2,633
February 1,339 38 11,865
March 1,454 51 22,822
April 1,223 43 18,280
May 1,612 55   9,605
June 1,489 31 42,413
July    843 22 9,046
August 1,055 43 43,283
September 482 23 4,714
October 423 14 3,053
November 620 20 6,240
December 724 27 4,528
Totals 12,112 396 178,482

Current Year

Prior Years: