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 2007 Number of Inspections Number of Administrative Seizures Total Packs of Cigarettes Seized
January 846 21 2,865
February 1,056 30 9,696
March 1,071 34 5,713
April 1,084 36 69,743
May 1,029 33 3,868
June 897 26 2,268
July 788 29 9,870
August 1,056 36 8,579
September 837 19 2,142
October 961 33 5,205
November 967 22 6,567
December 863 12 2,240
Totals 11,455 331 129,756

Current Year

Prior Years: