As recently announced, legislation will be introduced to increase the tobacco tax rates by 2 cents to 29.5 cents per cigarette and to 39.5 cents per gram for all tobacco other than cigars and cigarettes, effective January 1, 2020.
All retail and wholesale dealers will be required to file an inventory return and pay additional security on tobacco held in inventory at the end of day December 31, 2019. We will be contacting all dealers with more information.
Effective October 1, 2019, there are new stamps for packages of cigarettes and fine cut tobacco. Find out more about the new stamps.
Tobacco tax applies on all tobacco products sold in B.C., including cigarettes, cigars, loose tobacco products (e.g. fine cut, pipe or chewing tobacco) or other products that contain tobacco in any form.
The province has strict laws restricting the sale, purchase, possession and transportation of tobacco and does not tolerate illegal or contraband tobacco. Our dedicated investigations unit works with the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency and other provinces to combat illegal activity and tax evasion.
Find out what you need to do to:
To learn about the laws for the sale, promotion and use of tobacco, such as prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors, refer to B.C.’s Tobacco Control Program.
Find the tax rates for each tobacco product listed below.
Tax Rate Effective April 1, 2018
|27.5 cents per cigarette or tobacco stick
$5.50 per pack of 20
$6.88 per pack of 25
$55.00 per carton of 200
(Tobacco other than cigarettes and cigars)
|37.5 cents per gram|
|Cigars||90.5% of the taxable price or the retail price, to a maximum of $7 per cigar|
Last revised: November 14, 2019