854. Declaration of intent and purpose of Chapter
A. It is the intent and purpose of this Chapter to levy an excise tax on all cigars, cigarettes and smoking tobacco, as defined in this Chapter, sold, used, consumed, handled or distributed in this state, except as provided in R.S. 47:855 and to collect same from the dealer who first sells, uses, consumes, handles or distributes the same in the state of Louisiana.
B. It is further the intent and purpose of this Chapter that where a dealer gives away cigars, cigarettes, or smoking tobacco for advertising or any other purpose whatsoever the products shall be taxed in the same manner as if they were sold, used, consumed, handled, or distributed in this state; however, for the taxable periods beginning on and after January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2025, this shall not be construed to include cigars or pipe tobacco, as defined and appropriately labeled in accordance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, also known as the Tobacco Control Act, and all applicable state laws, federal laws, and regulations, sampled on the premises of convention facilities during the convention of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association.
C. At no time shall there be any distribution of free samples of cigarettes, as defined in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and the Tobacco Control Act, consistent with 21 CFR 1140.16 , and all applicable federal laws and regulations. Furthermore, distribution of free samples of smokeless tobacco, as defined in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and the Tobacco Control Act, shall be permitted only pursuant to all applicable federal laws and regulations.