Title 44

Chapter 20
Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Tax

R.I. Gen. Laws § 44-20-28.1

§ 44-20-28.1. Noncompliance with tobacco manufacturer’s escrow fund — Penalties.

(a)(1) A distributor may not affix, or cause to be affixed, stamps to individual packages of cigarettes to be sold or distributed in this state by a distributor licensed in this state if the attorney general has notified the distributor that the tobacco product manufacturer of those cigarettes has:

(i) Failed to become a participating manufacturer as defined in § 23-71-3(1); and

(ii) Failed to create a qualified escrow fund and make the required deposits in the escrow fund pursuant to § 23-71-3(2)(i) for any cigarettes the distributor sold or distributed for that tobacco product manufacturer in this state.

(2) As used in this section, “tobacco product manufacturer” has the same meaning as that term is defined in § 23-71-2.

(b) A distributor who violates this section is subject to suspension or revocation of its license pursuant to § 44-20-8.

History of Section.
P.L. 2002, ch. 59, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 65, art. 8, § 3; P.L. 2002, ch. 67, § 6.