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Tobacco Dealers Welcome

The Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kiran Kumar will host tobacco dealers' awareness sessions this week to help them prepare for general Tobacco Law compliance and specifically tobacco dealer registration.

According to the law, everyone dealing with tobacco products must register annually and display the Certificate of Registration (similar to a Trade and Business License). This requirement will be enforced starting 1 January 2011.

Cayman's tobacco dealers are therefore reminded that in order to continue operating legally they must be registered as of 1 January 2011. In order to ensure timely registration, the Public Health Department is encouraging dealers to submit their applications by 1 November 2010.

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. These documents are also online at

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

For more information call Annadurai Richards at 244-2621 or 244-2648.

Tobacco Dealer Awareness Sessions

  • Tobacco importers' meeting: Wednesday, 13 October, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Cigar bar owners' meeting: Thursday, 14 October, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Tobacco retailers' meeting: Thursday, 14 October, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

All meetings will be held in the Hibiscus Conference Room next to Pink Ladies Cafeteria at the Cayman Islands Hospital.


For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver