I'm sure bootleggas DO buy cartons online. But my common sense tells me criminals can get cigs fasta by pulling off a heist offline at 3 am. LOL!!
Innocent people buy cigs online too. And those innocent people are the real losers if the PACT Act. "Criminals" my black arse! If I was an actual felon, why would I need to look to the net to get cartons? I can get lots of cartons offline in only a matta of hours with good planning on my part!
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Groups highlight the need for the Senate to immediately pass S. 1147
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire- USNewswire/ -- Representatives of , public health organizations and trade associations today gathered on Capitol Hill to urge the Senate to pass S. 1147, the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009 (PACT Act). This legislation will help combat online cigarette sales that have robbed hundreds of millions of dollars in from the states and that undermine state laws that prevent youth access to tobacco products. This bill closes gaps in current federal laws regulating "remote" or "delivery" sales of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.
These organizations were joined by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) and (D-NY), advocates of combating illegal cigarette sales. Numerous stakeholders have worked with through the years to pass the PACT Act, which was passed in the
"The PACT Act will strengthen our tobacco laws to ensure that law enforcement has the tools they need to investigate and prosecute cigarette traffickers, said Sen. Kohl. "Each day we delay its passage, terrorists and criminals raise more money, states lose significant amounts of , and kids have easy access to tobacco products sold over the internet."
"We must crack down on the illegal sale of tobacco, which gives terrorists and criminals the ability to raise more money," said Rep. Weiner. "Every day we delay is another day that states lose significant amounts of tax revenue and kids have easy access to tobacco products sold over the Internet. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass the bipartisan PACT Act."
Organizations represented at the press conference included the , American Wholesale Marketers Association, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and .
"At the very time when states have undertaken extraordinary efforts to restrict minors' access to cigarettes and continue to increase , the Internet still offers minors a virtually risk-free and attractively priced means to easily obtain them," said Henry Armour, president and CEO, National Association of Convenience Stores. "The PACT Act addresses long-standing concerns that law-abiding neighborhood convenience stores have with respect to tax evasion and underage sales."
The American Wholesale Marketers Association also released its latest findings from a study it conducted examining the prevalence of illegal Internet cigarette sales and the cost to the country. In the study AWMA found the cost to states in illegal cigarette sales could be upwards of $5 billion per year, and that with online sales there is almost no age verification at the time of purchase.
"The results of this updated study stunned us and the problem of illegal sales of cigarettes has gotten worse," said Scott Ramminger, AWMA president and CEO. "This study is a clear indication that the PACT Act must be passed immediately so we can effectively combat illegal Internet sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products."
The Coalition to Stop Contraband Tobacco is a group of individuals, associations, businesses and other organizations that share the goal of enacting legislation that will eliminate underage access to tobacco on the Internet, curtail associated illegal activities and capture lost .
SOURCE Coalition to Stop Contraband Tobacco