No sh!t. Most of the smokers are poor. most of em can't afford the hi offline prices, so what a few of those smokers will do is buy em from the underground sellers. And a lot of those sellers resort to stealing cigs.
(b) Findings- Congress finds that--
(1) the sale of illegal cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products significantly reduces Federal, State, and local government revenues, with Internet sales alone accounting for billions of dollars of lost Federal, State, and local tobacco tax revenue each year;
I hope Congress is aware even if nobody bought cigs online, tobacco tax money would still be lost when you take cig heists offline into account.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out why people buy cigs online underground, or even think of stealing em. Some antis think it's crazy to hear of cig heists. They claim if someone steals cigs, dat robber is totallyaddicted to nic.
I disgree with dat theory. To me, a person (or group) pulling off cig heists is sorta like a bank robber. I don't think a bank robber is necessarily addicted to seeing cash. LOL!!
And just like money, a smoker needs cigs in order to live. I don't give a flying sh!t if I sound crazy to antis. But it's the truth on needing cigs to live. I don't need to steal em (unless this was the old days where I can help myself to a pack in stores). But buying em online makes my wallet smile. I wouldn't compare buying cigs online being just about as bad as atealing em offline. Those are two different thangs. But the govt still loses tobacco tax money with both of those ways to get a smoker's basic necessity.