**TOBACCO REPORTING NOTICE**
Important Message for All Tobacco Product Manufacturers, Wholesalers, Importers, & Sales Entity Affiliates
Act 221 of the 2013 Regular Session became effective on August 1, 2013. Its provisions are codified at La. R.S. 13:5061 et seq, R.S. 13:5071 et seq, R.S. 26:901 et seq, R.S. 47:841 et seq, R.S 47:871 et seq, R.S. 47:1508, and R.S. 47:1520. This comprehensive legislation impacts manufacturers, wholesalers, stamping agents, importers, and sales entity affiliates doing business in the State of Louisiana as it relates to the sale, purchase, or handling of cigarettes, whether stamped or unstamped, and roll-your-own tobacco.
This legislation encompasses new responsibilities of tobacco entities, as well as state agencies, including the reporting of tobacco products in and into the state. Please see the related “Notices” and “Forms” sections informing you of the new responsibilities and requirements as of August 1. Please note that “Notices” and “Forms” will be updated in the coming weeks and months to reflect additional notices and forms.
The Tobacco Unit of the Attorney General’s Public Protection Division is responsible for enforcing the terms of the MSA in Louisiana. In addition to this responsibility, several provisions in Act 221 related to tobacco sales and reporting are enforced by the Attorney General’s Office. The Louisiana Department of Revenue and Alcohol and Tobacco Control also share various duties in enforcement of the recent legislation and related statutes.
The “Forms” section below contains copies of notices sent to various entities regarding their responsibilities under Louisiana law, particularly Act 221. The “Applicable Law” section below contains copies of applicable laws. The “Forms” section is available to those that transact in tobacco products and will facilitate their compliance with Louisiana law. The “Louisiana Approved Tobacco Products Directory” section offers up-to-date information regarding the state directory of cigarettes and roll-your-own approved for sale in the State of Louisiana.
Questions related to Louisiana tobacco reporting may be directed to TobaccoDOJ@ag.state.la.us or by calling 1-800-241-9311.