New Restrictions on Transporting Cigarettes
Purpose: This Announcement alerts persons (including contract and common carriers) who transport cigarettes that recently enacted legislation imposes civil and criminal sanctions on them if they knowingly transport cigarettes to any residential dwelling in Connecticut or to any person in Connecticut other than a lawful recipient, as defined in this Announcement.
New restrictions: Whether or not you are a contract or common carrier, it is illegal for you to transport cigarettes to:
As used in this Announcement, a lawful recipient is a person who is:
Criminal law sanctions:If you knowingly violate this law, you are guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and, for a second or subsequent violation, are guilty of a Class D felony. A person convicted of a Class A misdemeanor may be fined not more than $2,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. A person convicted of a Class D felony may be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not less than one year nor more than five years, or both.
Names and Addresses to Be Published on DRS Internet Website: On the first business day of each month, DRS will publish on its Internet website (www.ct.gov/drs) a list, compiled on the twenty fifth day of the preceding month, identifying the name of each person who has been licensed by DRS as a cigarette distributor or as a cigarette dealer, and the address of the premises covered by the license. The preceding month’s list will then be deleted from the website.
Is the person on the current list? You are expected to review the current list, as often as necessary, to determine whether any person to whom you would transport cigarettes is on the list.
On the current list. If a person to whom you would transport cigarettes is on the current list, you may transport the cigarettes to the person.
Not on the current list. If a person to whom you would transport cigarettes is not on the current list, you may not transport the cigarettes to the person unless the person has been licensed by DRS as a cigarette distributor or as a cigarette dealer since the current list was published. You will be able to verify if this is the case by inspecting the person’s cigarette distributor’s license or cigarette dealer’s license, which Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-286(b) requires to be conspicuously displayed on the premises covered by the license. Otherwise, you will not be able to transport cigarettes to the person unless the person proves that he or she is an export warehouse proprietor, the operator of a Customs bonded warehouse, or a federal or Connecticut Government officer, employee, or agent acting in his or her official capacity.
DRS hopes to provide more information in the near future concerning how a person may prove to you that he or she is an export warehouse proprietor or the operator of a Customs bonded warehouse.
For Further Information: Please call DRS during business hours, Monday through Friday:
TTY, TDD, and Text Telephone users only may transmit inquiries anytime by calling 860-297-4911.
Paperless Filing Methods (fast, easy, free, and confidential):