On August 19, 2013, New Jersey Governor Christie signed S2516/A3278, which amends NJAC 54:45A-4 et seq. The Act strengthens civil and criminal penalties for offences related to unstamped and counterfeit cigarettes and cigarette smuggling; revises the licensing requirements for manufacturers and importers of cigarettes and tobacco products; expanding monthly reporting requirements for licensed cigarette retailers; requires the New Jersey Treasury Department to publish a monthly report on the quantity of cigarettes sold by New Jersey dealers, aggregated by manufacturer and brand family; increases penalties for carrying on commercial activities without a licence, for representatives of manufacturers who sell non-employer-manufactured cigarettes, for wholesalers and retailers who possess cigarettes without the required tax stamp; Upgrades to a minor criminal offense for other related violations. The New Jersey State Tax Division has a 24/7 Tobacco Control Program (TIP) hotline. To report the illegal sale of untaxed or counterfeit cigarettes, call 609-588-5001. New Jersey imposes a 30% tax on the wholesale price of cigars, little cigars, cigarillos, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, smoking tobacco and their substitutes, and snuff on their sale, use or distribution in New Jersey. This does not apply to cigarettes. NJSA 54:40B-3. Minimum prices per brand and manufacturer charged costs, carton costs, wholesale carton, retail carton and retail packaging prices. 11. In January 2010, New Jersey Corzine signed A4227/4228, which prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces (as amended by the NJ Smokefree Air Act 2006) and prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18. This is the first law of its kind in the country, with the New Jersey Senate and Assembly voting unanimously in favor of the bill. The law came into force on March 13, 2010 in 60 days. Click here to read A-4227/4228.
To report illegal sales of untaxed or counterfeit cigarettes to the New Jersey Department of Taxation, click the button below. All public schools offer educational programs on the nature of tobacco and its physiological, psychological, sociological and legal effects on the individual, family and society in each grade (K-12). The guidelines are established by the New Jersey Commissioner of Education and reviewed annually by the Education and Health Commissioners to update the information. Upon request, a school board is required to lend these educational materials to students attending non-public schools in its district. NJSA 18A:40A-1-7. According to the bill, a person cannot sell or offer a « novelty lighter, » which is defined as a mechanical or electrical device generally used to light cigarettes, cigars or pipes, that resembles a cartoon character, animal, musical instrument, toy, weapon, a watch, vehicle, food or drink, or similar items, or plays musical notes. or has flashing lights or other entertaining features. The Bill exempts from the definition of « novelty lighter »: (1) any lighter manufactured before January 1, 1980; 2. lighters which cannot be powered or which do not have a device necessary to produce combustion or flame; 3.
any mechanical or electrical appliance used primarily to ignite fuels for coal or gas fireplaces or barbecues; or (4) standard disposable lighters printed or decorated with logos, labels, stickers or shrink graphics or sleeves. Any law enforcement officer or firefighter may confiscate a novelty lighter sold or offered for sale in violation of the provisions of the law. In addition, a person who contravenes the provisions of the Act will be liable to a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for a first offence and not more than $2,000 for each additional offence, plus reasonable costs, including investigative and legal costs, incurred by the law enforcement agency. Joint bills and resolutions A3207 and S2151 signed by the Governor on 20.11.2009 were approved with effect from 21 June 2010 P.L. 2009, c.163.