Louisiana Revised Statutes Tit. 26, § 901. Definitions

As used in this Chapter, the following terms have the meaning ascribed to them in this Section, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(1) “Alternative nicotine product” means any non-combustible product containing nicotine that is intended for human consumption, whether chewed, absorbed, dissolved, or ingested by any other means.  “Alternative nicotine product” does not include any of the following:

(a) Tobacco product.

(b) Vapor product.

(c) Product that is a drug pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 321(g)(1) .

(d) Device pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 321(h) .

(e) Combination product described in 21 U.S.C. 353(g) .

(2) “Brand family” has the meaning as set forth in R.S. 13:5072 .

(3) “Cigar” includes any roll of tobacco for smoking, irrespective of size or shape, and irrespective of the tobacco being flavored, adulterated, or mixed with any other ingredients, where such roll has a wrapper made chiefly of tobacco.

(4) “Cigarette” includes any roll for smoking made wholly or in part of tobacco, irrespective of size or shape and irrespective of the tobacco being flavored, adulterated, or mixed with any other ingredient, where such roll has a wrapper or cover made of paper, or any other material except where such wrapper is wholly or in greater part made of tobacco.

(5) “Commissioner” means the commissioner of alcohol and tobacco control.

(6) “Dealer” includes every person who manufactures or purchases cigars, cigarettes, or other tobacco products for distribution or resale in this state.  The term also means any person who imports cigars, cigarettes, or other tobacco products from any state or foreign country for distribution, sale, or consumption in this state.

(7) “Exporter license” means the stamping agent designation as set forth in R.S. 26:902(2)(a) .

(8) “Facility” means a part or portion of an establishment which is designed so as to impede a minor's access to a vending machine by walls or other separation in combination with signs designed to notify the public that persons under the age of eighteen are prohibited from the area.

(9) A “knowing violation or failure” is a knowing or intentional engaging in conduct without a good faith belief that the conduct was consistent with the provisions of this Chapter.

(10) “Manufacturer” means anyone engaged in the manufacture, production, or foreign importation of tobacco products who sells to wholesalers.

(11) “Person” means any natural person, trustee, company, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity.

(12) “Place of business” means the place where the tobacco orders, alternative nicotine products orders, or vapor products orders are received, or where the taxable tobacco articles are sold, or if sold by a retail dealer upon a railroad train or on or from any other vehicle, the vehicle on which or from which the taxable articles or alternative nicotine products or vapor products are sold by the retail dealer.  It also includes the establishment where vending machines are located.

(13) “Purchase” means acquisition in any manner, for any consideration.  The term shall include transporting or receiving product in connection with a purchase.

(14) “Rebate or coupon” means any value-added promotion, preferred customer promotion, periodic promotion, off-invoice allowance, specially marked one-packed deals, special price promotions, market leader promotions, value leader promotions, or any other program or incentive whereby a wholesaler or retailer is required, either directly or indirectly, to pass an incentive on to a consumer and is reimbursed, either directly or indirectly, by a manufacturer, importer, or sales entity affiliate.

(15) “Replacement cost” means the cost per unit at which the merchandise sold or offered for sale could have been bought by the seller at any time within thirty days prior to the date of sale or the date upon which it is offered for sale by the seller if bought in the same quantity as the seller's last purchase of the merchandise.

(16) “Retail dealer” includes every dealer other than a wholesale dealer, or manufacturer who sells or offers for sale cigars, cigarettes, other tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products, irrespective of quantity or the number of sales.  If any person is engaged in the business of making sales both at retail and wholesale, “retailer” shall apply only to the retail portion of the business.

(17) “Sale” or “sell” means any transfer, exchange, or barter in any manner or by any means for any consideration.  The term shall include distributing or shipping product in connection with a sale.  References to a sale “in” or “into” a state refer to the state of the destination point of the product in the sale, without regard to where title was transferred.  References to sale “from” a state refer to the sale of cigarettes that are located in that state to the destination in question without regard to where title was transferred.

(18) “Sales entity affiliate” means an entity that sells cigarettes that it acquires directly from a manufacturer or importer and is affiliated with that manufacturer or importer as established by documentation received directly from that manufacturer or importer to the satisfaction of the attorney general.  Entities are affiliated with each other if one, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls or is controlled by or is under common control with the other.

(19) “Secretary” means the secretary of the Department of Revenue and includes any of his duly authorized assistants.

(20) “Self-service display” means any display that contains tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products, and is located in an area openly accessible to the retail dealer's customers and from which such customers can readily access tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products without the assistance of a salesperson.  A display case that holds tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products behind locked doors does not constitute a self-service display for purposes of this Chapter.

(21) “Sell at retail”, “sales at retail”, and “retail sale” means any transfer for valuable consideration, made in the ordinary course of trade or in the usual conduct of the seller's business, of title to tangible movable property to the purchaser.

(22) “Sell at wholesale”, “sales at wholesale”, and “wholesale sales” mean any transfer for valuable consideration, made in the ordinary course of trade or the usual conduct of the seller's business, of title to tangible movable property to the purchaser for purposes of resale.

(23) “Smokeless tobacco” means any finely cut, ground, powdered, or leaf tobacco that is intended to be placed in the oral or nasal cavity.

(24) “Smoking tobacco” includes granulated, plug cut, crimp cut, ready rubbed, and any other kind and form of tobacco prepared in such manner as to be suitable for smoking in pipe or cigarette.

(25) “Stamp” means the impression, device, stamp, label, or print manufactured or printed as prescribed by the secretary by the use of which the tax levied hereunder is paid.  By way of extension, and not limitation, the term “stamp” means any impression or character affixed to or which shall be stamped upon commodities by metered stamping machine or device by use of which the tax levied hereunder is paid.

(26) “Stamping agent” means a dealer that is authorized to affix tax stamps to packages or other containers of cigarettes under R.S. 47:843 et seq. or any dealer that is required to pay the excise tax or tobacco tax imposed pursuant to R.S. 47:841 et seq. on cigarettes.

(27) “State directory” or “directory” means the directory compiled by the attorney general under R.S. 13:5073 , or, in the case of reference to another state's directory, the directory compiled under the similar law in that other state.

(28) “Tobacconist” means any bona fide tobacco retailer engaged in receiving bulk smoking tobacco for the purpose of blending such tobacco for retail sale at a particular retail outlet where fifty percent or more of the total purchases for the preceding twelve months were purchases of tobacco products, excluding cigarettes.

(29) “Tobacco product” means any cigar, cigarette, smokeless tobacco, or smoking tobacco.

(30) “Trade discount” means any discount immediately recognized by a wholesale dealer from the manufacturer, importer, or sales entity affiliate or by a retail dealer from a manufacturer, importer, sales entity affiliate, or wholesale dealer.  Trade discount does not include any off-invoice allowances that a wholesale dealer is required, either directly or indirectly, to pass on to a retail dealer or any rebates or coupons as defined in this Chapter that a wholesale or retail dealer is required to offer to the end consumer, but is reimbursed for, either directly or indirectly, by either the manufacturer, importer, sales entity affiliate, or wholesale dealer.

(31) “Vapor product” means any non combustible product containing nicotine or other substances that employs a heating element, power source, electronic circuit, or other electronic, chemical or mechanical means, regardless of shape or size, that can be used to produce vapor from nicotine or other substances.  “Vapor product” includes any electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or similar product or device and any vapor cartridge or other container of nicotine in a solution or other form that is intended to be used with or in an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or similar product or device.  “Vapor product” does not include any of the following:

(a) Product that is a drug pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 321(g)(1) .

(b) Device pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 321(h) .

(c) Combination product described in 21 U.S.C. 353(g) .

(32) “Vending machine” means any mechanical, electric, or electronic self-service device which, upon insertion of money, tokens, or any other form of payment, automatically dispenses tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products.

(33) “Vending machine operator” means any person who controls the use of one or more vending machines as to the supply of cigarettes or any tobacco products in the machine or the receipts from cigarettes vended through such machines.

(34) “Wholesale dealer” means a dealer whose principal business is that of a wholesaler, who sells cigarettes, cigars, or other tobacco products to retail dealers for purpose of resale, who is a bona fide wholesaler, and fifty percent of whose total tobacco sales are to retail stores other than its own or those of its subsidiaries or parent companies within Louisiana.  Wholesale dealer shall include any person in the state who acquires cigarettes solely for the purpose of resale in vending machines, provided such person services fifty or more cigarette vending machines in Louisiana other than his own, and a Louisiana dealer who was affixing cigarette and tobacco stamps as of January 1, 1974.  If any person is engaged in the business of making sales at both wholesale and retail, “wholesaler” shall apply only to the wholesale portion of the business.


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