- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A judge has ordered a Billings tobacco shop to stop operating its machines that allow customers to roll their own cigarettes.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1Op70iu ) the state’s request for a preliminary injunction against B&B; Smokes, which operates Smokes 4 Less, was approved Thursday.

The 8-month-old shop is prohibited from letting customers use its four machines to make their own cigarettes.

Some shops that allow customers to roll their own cigarettes at a fraction of the cost they would pay for name-brand cigarettes do so to avoid federal manufacturing taxes.

Smokes 4 Less co-owner Casey Brock says the business shouldn’t qualify as a manufacturer because customers operate the machines themselves.

Under Montana law, a manufacturer is “any person who fabricates tobacco products from raw materials for the purpose of resale.”

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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