Laws, Regulations & Annotations

Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2018

Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act Law

Chapter 1. General Provisions and Definitions

Section 22970.1

22970.1. Legislative findings and declarations. The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(a) The State of California has enacted excise taxes on the distribution of cigarettes and tobacco products to provide funding for local and state programs, including health services, antismoking campaigns, cancer research, and education programs.

(b) Tax revenues have declined by hundreds of millions of dollars per year due, in part, to unlawful distributions and untaxed sales of cigarettes and tobacco products conducted by organized crime syndicates, street gangs, and international terrorist groups.

(c) The enforcement of California's cigarette and tobacco products tax laws is necessary to collect millions of dollars in lost tax revenues each year.

(d) The licensing of manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers will help stem the tide of untaxed distributions and illegal sales of cigarettes and tobacco products.