B.C.'s Tobacco Marking Program
B.C.’s tobacco marking program helps identify legitimate tobacco from illegal tobacco sold in B.C.
Fine cut tobacco and packages, cartons and cases of cigarettes sold in B.C. must bear:
- The B.C. stamp if they are meant for taxable retail sale
- The federal government’s black stock mark if they are meant for tax-exempt sales
Other provinces have their own unique marks for tobacco meant for sale in their province. Tobacco that has another province’s mark must not be sold in B.C. unless authorized by us in writing.
Tobacco marked NOT FOR SALE IN CANADA—VENTE INTERDITE AU CANADA must only be sold for export outside of Canada.
Purchasing, possessing, selling, storing or distributing tobacco that isn’t properly marked or stamped is illegal and subject to penalties.
Taxable fine cut tobacco and packages, cartons and cases of cigarettes sold in B.C. must bear the B.C. stamp. These products are only meant for taxable retail sales and must not be sold tax-exempt.
Find out what the B.C. stamp looks like for:
The B.C. stamp for fine cut tobacco and cigarette packages is a modified federal tobacco excise stamp that includes the text “BC” and a green background colour.
The B.C. stamp is available on packages of:
- 20 and 25 cigarettes
- 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 400 grams of fine cut tobacco
Tobacco manufacturers and importers must apply to us for authority to mark tobacco products with the B.C. stamp and order stamps from the Canada Revenue Agency.
Cartons of cigarettes have the English and French abbreviations “BC-CB” printed in black on a green background within a black rectangle. This mark appears at each end of the carton.
Shipping cases of cigarettes or fine cut tobacco have the same abbreviations printed in black on two sides of the case.
There are federal marks for:
Tax-exempt fine cut tobacco and packages, cartons and cases of cigarettes sold in B.C. must bear the federal black stock mark.
Each tobacco product listed below has a different description of what the black stock mark looks like:
Packages of fine cut tobacco and cigarettes have a peach coloured tear tape with the text CANADA DUTY PAID—DROIT ACQUITTÉ printed in black on the tear tape
Cartons of cigarettes have a peach coloured stamp on each end with the text DUTY PAID CANADA—DROIT ACQUITTÉ printed in black on the stamp
Shipping cases of cigarettes have the text DUTY PAID CANADA—DROIT ACQUITTÉ printed in black on two sides of the case
Tobacco other than fine-cut and cigarettes sold in B.C. must have the appropriate federal mark. This includes tobacco such as cigars, smokeless and pipe tobacco, and heated tobacco products.
If you are a duty-free shop in B.C., the tobacco you sell must:
- Not bear the B.C. stamp
- Follow the federal stamping and marking rules
Last revised: April 10, 2019