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Title 32 : Taxation and Finance

Chapter 205 : CIGARETTES AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS

Subchapter 003 : STAMP TAX

(Cite as: 32 V.S.A. § 7786)
  • § 7786. Gray marketed cigarettes

    (a) No person shall affix a cigarette stamp to or sell or offer for sale in this State any package or container of cigarettes if:

    (1) the container or package does not comply with all the requirements of the federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act (15 U.S.C. § 1331 et seq.) for the placement of labels, warnings, or any other information upon a package of cigarettes that is to be sold within the United States;

    (2) the container or package has been imported into the United States after January 1, 2000, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5754;

    (3) the container or package, including a container of individually stamped containers or packages is labeled "For Export Only," "U.S. Tax Exempt," "For Use Outside U.S.," or similar wording indicating that the manufacturer did not intend that the product be sold in the United States; or

    (4) the container or package has been altered by marking or deleting the wording described in subdivision (3) of this subsection.

    (b) Any cigarettes described in subdivision (a)(1), (2), (3) or (4) of this section and found in this State are declared to be contraband goods and may be seized without a warrant by the Commissioner, the Commissioner's agents or employees, or by any peace officer of this State when directed by the Commissioner to do so, unless the owner of the cigarettes produces sufficient evidence that the cigarettes are in transit through the State for sale outside the United States. Nothing herein shall be construed to require the Commissioner to confiscate cigarettes when the Commissioner shall have reason to believe that the owner thereof has possession of the same for personal consumption. Any cigarettes seized under this section shall be destroyed by the Commissioner. The seizure of any cigarettes under the provisions of this section shall not relieve any person from a fine or other penalty for violation of this chapter.

    (c) A violation of any provision of this section shall also constitute an unfair or deceptive act and practice in commerce prohibited under 9 V.S.A. § 2453, and shall be subject to enforcement and to the rights and remedies provided for under 9 V.S.A. chapter 63.

    (d) Any person may bring an action for appropriate injunctive or other equitable relief for a violation of this section; actual damages, if any, sustained by reason of the violation; and, as determined by the court, interest on the damages from the date of the complaint, taxable costs, and reasonable attorney's fees. If the trier of fact finds that the violation is flagrant, it may increase recovery to any amount not in excess of three times the actual damages sustained by reason of the violation. (Added 1999, No. 101 (Adj. Sess.), § 2.)