For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: September 10, 2007

New York Cigarette Seller Agrees to Pay Penalty and Comply with Idaho Law

(Boise) – The State of Idaho will receive $3,750 from a legal settlement resolving allegations of illegal cigarette sales to Idaho retail stores, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said today. Joseph Anderson, doing business as Smokin Joes, a New York-based company, agreed to the settlement to resolve alleged violations of the Idaho Tobacco Master Settlement Complementary Act.

In addition to the payment, Smokin Joes is prohibited from selling cigarettes that are not listed on the Attorney General’s Directory of Compliant Tobacco Product Manufacturers and Brand Families. Smokin Joes must also report Idaho cigarette sales to the Attorney General as required by Idaho law.

Smokin Joes must pay an additional $3,750 to the State of Idaho if it violates any provisions of the settlement within the next five years.

“The Legislature has adopted laws regulating the sales of tobacco to protect the public health and the fiscal soundness of our State and to prohibit targeting children for tobacco use,” Attorney General Wasden said. “We’ve taken seriously our responsibility to thoroughly and diligently enforce these laws.”

Idaho's Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement Complementary Act requires tobacco product manufacturers to file certifications with the Office of the Attorney General relative to compliance with Idaho's Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement Act. The Complementary Act requires the Attorney General to post a directory of manufacturers and brand families that are in compliance with Idaho's Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement Act. Only cigarette brand families of manufacturers listed on the Attorney General's directory may be stamped, sold, possessed, or imported into Idaho.

The Attorney General has consistently enforced the terms of the Complementary Act, as well as the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) Act, against manufacturers and distributors who fail to comply with reporting and escrow requirements required by Idaho law.

Since entering into the Master Settlement Agreement on November 23, 1998, the Attorney General’s Office has obtained judgments or settlements with ten tobacco manufacturers and cigarette distributors, resolving alleged violations of the Complementary or MSA Acts.

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