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5346 Prohibitions

(a) No tobacco product tax stamp may be affixed to or made upon any package of cigarettes if:

(1) The package differs in any respect with the requirements of the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act for the placement of labels, warnings or any other information upon a package of cigarettes that is to be sold within the United States;

(2) The package is labeled "For Export Only," "U.S. Tax Exempt," "For Use Outside U.S.," or similar wording indicating that the manufacturer did not intend that the product be sold in the United States;

(3) The package, or a package containing individually stamped packages, has been altered by adding or deleting the wording, labels or warnings described in paragraph (a)(1) or (2) of this section, including by the placement of a sticker on such package;

(4) Any person with respect to the cigarettes in such package is not in compliance with 15 U.S.C. § 1335a (relating to the submission of ingredient information to federal authorities);

(5) The package has been imported into the United States after January 1, 2000, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5754 or 19 U.S.C. §§ 1681 through 1681b; or

(6) The package in any way violates federal trademark or copyright laws or any law of this State.

(b) Any person who sells, acquires, holds, owns or possesses for sale or distribution in this State a cigarette package to which is affixed a tax stamp in violation of subsection (a) of this section shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both. Each cigarette package sold or held for sale shall be a separate violation.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary may revoke any license issued under this chapter to any person who sell or holds for sale a cigarette package to which is affixed a tobacco product tax stamp in violation of subsection (a) of this section.

(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary shall seize and destroy packages that do not comply with subsection (a) of this section.

(e) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a violation of subsection (a) of this section is a deceptive practice under the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act (subchapter III of Chapter 25 of Title 6).

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