Commonwealth of Kentucky Certification of Tobacco Product Manufacturers
(Revised January, 2009)
Who is required to file this certification?
Any tobacco product manufacturer that sells or intends to sell cigarettes or RYO within the Commonwealth of
Kentucky, whether directly or through any distributor, retailer, or similar intermediary. No cigarettes may be
stamped for sale and no RYO may be sold in Kentucky unless the manufacturer is on the directory of certified
companies and the brands have been certified as fire safe under Kentucky law.
“Brand Family” means all styles of Cigarettes sold under the same trade mark and differentiated from one another
by means of additional modifiers or descriptors, including, but not limited to, “menthol,” “lights,” “kings,” and
“100s,” and includes any brand name (alone or in conjunction with any other word), trademark, logo, symbol,
motto, selling message, recognizable pattern of colors, or any other indicia of product identification identical or
similar to, or identifiable with, a previously known brand of Cigarettes.
“Cigarette” has the same meaning as in KRS 131.600.
“Directory” means the listing of all Tobacco Product Manufacturers that have provided current and accurate
certifications conforming to the requirements of Kentucky law and all Brand Families that are listed in such
certifications. KRS 131.610.
“Master Settlement Agreement” has the same meaning as in KRS 131.600.
“Non-participating Manufacturer” means any Tobacco Product Manufacturer that is not a Participating
“Participating Manufacturer” has the meaning given that term in Section II(jj) of the Master Settlement
Agreement and all amendments thereto.
“Qualified Escrow Fund” has the same meaning as that term is defined in KRS 131.600.
“Stamping Agent”means a person, including a distributor, wherever residing or located,