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 2008 Number of Inspections Number of Administrative Seizures Total Packs of Cigarettes Seized
January 651 26 52,455
February 827 24 3,274
March 843 22 8,810
April 955 21 4,733
May 882 22 8,936
June 923 30 28,115
July 582 16 2,961
August 888 15 1,164
September 900 20 2,189
October 829 16 4,238
November 769 11 2,778
December 503 8 3,002
Totals 9,552 231 122,655

Current Year

Prior Years: