Gov’t meets with tobacco dealers

Cayman’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kiran Kumar will
hold a series of meetings this week to bring dealers of tobacco up to speed on
Tobacco Law regulations.

Sellers of tobacco should submit applications for
Certificates of Registration under the new Tobacco Law from 1 November, and
enforcement on the display on the certificates will begin on 1 January,
2011.

Anyone dealing
with tobacco products must register annually and display the Certificate of
Registration, which is similar to a Trade and Business Licence.

A one-off
non-refundable application fee of $100 applies, while yearly registration fees
cost CI$500 for a retailer; CI$750 for a cigar bar, and CI$5,000 for a wholesale
distributor or importer.

The meetings for
tobacco importers will be held on
Wednesday, 13 October, from 10am to 11am; for cigar bar owners from 10am to 11am on Thursday, 14
October; and for tobacco retailers from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, 14 October. All
meetings will be held at the Hibiscus Conference Room, next to Pink Ladies
Cafeteria, at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

Application
forms for tobacco dealers’ registration as well as the Tobacco Law and
Regulations are available from the Public Health Department at the Cayman
Islands Hospital and also online at www.gis.ky.

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