The fiscal year 2017-18 Tobacco Products Tax Rate is based on the wholesale premium brand cigarette price as of March 1, 2017, as published by the Tobacco Merchants Association, and the new tobacco products tax rate will stay in effect through June 30, 2018.
The definition of “tobacco products other than cigarettes,” includes cigars, little cigars, smoking tobacco (including shisha), chewing tobacco, snuff, nicotine delivery devices (e-pipes, vape pens, e-hookahs, etc.) sold in combination with any liquid or substance containing nicotine and any products containing, made of, or derived from any amount of tobacco or nicotine that is intended for human consumption, according to Proposition 56.
The tobacco products tax is imposed upon the first distribution in California, paid by the licensed tobacco products distributor and based on their wholesale cost prior to any discounts or trade allowances.
Additional information regarding the provisions of Proposition 56 is available online.
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