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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

April 7, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes information explaining that manufacturers of electronic nicotine delivery systems are not subject to TTB permit requirements, a notice that people with certain older internet browsers or computer operating systems will soon not be able to access our website or online systems, and notification of a recent enforcement action.


MANUFACTURERS OF ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS NOT SUBJECT TO TTB PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

We recently added information to our website to explain that manufacturers of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)—generally, e-cigarettes, "vaping" devices, and other similar products that do not contain tobacco—do not need to apply to TTB for a permit to operate.

Federal law (section 5702 of Title 26 of the United States Code) defines tobacco products subject to the federal excise taxes administered by TTB as cigars, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco (snuff and chewing tobacco), pipe tobacco, and roll-your-own tobacco. Each of these products is specifically defined in section 5702.

TTB does not regulate manufacturers of any ENDS products that do not fall within these definitions. Such manufacturers may be subject to regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as state and local laws.

IMPORTANT WEB BROWSER AND OPERATING SYSTEM COMPATIBILITY NOTICE

Starting on April 11, 2017, people with older Web browsers and computer operating systems will not be able to access our website (TTB.gov) or our TTB Online applications (Permits Online, Formulas Online, and COLAs Online). Older browsers and operating systems have security vulnerabilities that can put your business with TTB at risk.

Read the notice to learn which browsers and operating systems are involved.

TTB ENFORCEMENT ACTION

We accepted a $100,000 offer in compromise from Western Pioneer, Inc. Western Pioneer allegedly improperly removed tobacco products without payment of tax (purportedly for use as ships supplies for consumption beyond the jurisdiction of U.S. internal revenue laws).

Please visit TTB.gov to see these and other offers in compromise that have been accepted.

 

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