Stamps and marks on tobacco sold in B.C.

Last updated: August 26, 2021

Stamps and marks on tobacco helps distinguish 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:

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.

The B.C. stamp and mark

Taxable fine cut tobacco and packages, cartons and cases of cigarettes sold in B.C. must bear the B.C. stamp or mark. These products are only meant for taxable retail sales and must not be sold tax-exempt.

Find out what the B.C. stamp or mark looks like for:

Fine cut tobacco and cigarette packages

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.

New B.C. stamp

The B.C. stamp is available on packages of:

  • 20 and 25 cigarettes
  • 50, 100 and 200 grams of fine cut tobacco

Tobacco manufacturers and importers must apply to us for authority to stamp tobacco products with the B.C. stamp and order stamps from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Cartons and cases of cigarettes

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.

Federal marks

There are federal marks for:

Tax-exempt fine cut tobacco and cigarettes

Tax-exempt packages and cases of fine cut tobacco and cartons and cases of cigarettes sold in B.C. must bear the federal peach stamp with the text DUTY PAID CANADA - DROIT ACQUITTÉ.  

New federal peach stamp

Other tobacco

Tobacco, other than fine-cut, and cigarettes sold in B.C., must have the appropriate federal stamp or mark. This includes tobacco such as cigars, smokeless and pipe tobacco and heated tobacco products.

Duty-free shops

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