The following words and phrases when used in this article shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
“Cigar.” Any roll for smoking that weighs more than four pounds per thousand and the wrapper or cover is made of natural leaf tobacco or of any substance containing tobacco.
“Cigarette.” As defined in section 1201. 1
“Consumer.” An individual who purchases tobacco products for personal use and not for resale.
“Contraband.” Any tobacco product for which the tax imposed by this article has not been paid.
“Dealer.” A wholesaler or retailer. Nothing in this article shall preclude any person from being a wholesaler or retailer, provided the person meets the requirements for a license in each category of dealer.
“Department.” The Department of Revenue of the Commonwealth.
“Electronic cigarettes.” As follows:
(1) An electronic oral device, such as one composed of a heating element and battery or electronic circuit, or both, which provides a vapor of nicotine or any other substance and the use or inhalation of which simulates smoking.
(2) The term includes:
(i) A device as described in paragraph (1), notwithstanding whether the device is manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar and e-pipe or under any other product, name or description.
(ii) A liquid or substance placed in or sold for use in an electronic cigarette.
“Manufacturer.” A person that produces tobacco products.
“Person.” An individual, unincorporated association, company, corporation, joint stock company, group, agency, syndicate, trust or trustee, receiver, fiduciary, partnership, conservator, any political subdivision of the Commonwealth or any other state. If used in any of the provisions of this article prescribing or imposing penalties, the term “person” as applied to a partnership, unincorporated association or other joint venture, shall mean the partners or members of the partnership, unincorporated association or other joint venture, and as applied to a corporation, shall mean each officer and director of the corporation.
“Purchase price.” The total value of anything paid or delivered, or promised to be paid or delivered, money or otherwise, in complete performance of a sale or purchase, without any deduction on account of the cost or value of the property sold, cost or value of transportation, cost or value of labor or service, interest or discount paid or allowed after the sale is consummated, any other taxes imposed by the Commonwealth or any other expense.
“Retailer.” A person that purchases or receives tobacco products from any source for the purpose of sale to a consumer, or who owns, leases or otherwise operates one or more vending machines for the purpose of sale of tobacco products to the ultimate consumer. The term includes a vending machine operator or a person that buys, sells, transfers or deals in tobacco products and is not licensed as a tobacco products wholesaler under this article.
“Roll-your-own tobacco.” Any tobacco which, because of the tobacco's appearance, type, packaging or labeling, is suitable for use and is likely to be offered to, or purchased by, consumers as tobacco for making cigarettes.
“Sale.” Any transfer of ownership, custody or possession of tobacco products for consideration; any exchange, barter or gift; or any offer to sell or transfer the ownership, custody or possession of tobacco products for consideration.
“Taxpayer.” Any person subject to tax under this article.
“Tobacco products.” As follows:
(1) Electronic cigarettes.
(2) Roll-your-own tobacco.
(3) Periques, granulated, plug cut, crimp cut, ready rubbed and other smoking tobacco, snuff, dry snuff, snuff flour, cavendish, plug and twist tobacco, fine-cut and other chewing tobaccos, shorts, refuse scraps, clippings, cuttings and sweepings of tobacco and other kinds and forms of tobacco, prepared in such manner as to be suitable for chewing or ingesting or for smoking in a pipe or otherwise, or any combination of chewing, ingesting or smoking.
(4) The term does not include:
(i) Any item subject to the tax under section 1206. 2
“Unclassified importer.” A consumer who purchases tobacco products using the Internet or mail-order catalogs for personal possession or use in this Commonwealth from persons that are not licensed.
“Vending machine operator.” A person who places or services one or more tobacco product vending machines whether owned, leased or otherwise operated by the person at locations from which tobacco products are sold to the consumer. The owner or tenant of the premises upon which a vending machine is placed shall not be considered a vending machine operator if the owner's or tenant's sole remuneration therefrom is a flat rental fee or commission based upon the number or value of tobacco products sold from the machine, unless the owner or tenant actually owns the vending machine or leases the vending machine under an agreement whereby any profits from the sale of the tobacco products directly inure to the owner's or tenant's benefit.
“Wholesaler.” A person engaged in the business of selling tobacco products that receives, stores, sells, exchanges or distributes tobacco products to retailers or other wholesalers in this Commonwealth or retailers who purchase from a manufacturer or from another wholesaler who has not paid the tax imposed by this article.