Saturday, March 20, 2010

A thought on contacting Obama on the PACT Act

Last year, Obama signed a bill which increased the fed tobacco tax.

While I'd like to believe theoretically 1000s of smokers emailing, faxing, or calling him will get his attention, I still have a good feeling he will sign it. The Senators obviously paid sh!t attention to smokers contacting em about the PACT Act over the past few months. What makes Obama any different from em?

1000s of smokers (and online smoke shop owners) paying a visit to the White House would really get his attention. His azz can ignore emails, calls, and faxes (juz like the way Senators treat smokers as a minority). But he can't ignore a million smokers march in DC.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

PACT Act approved by Congress

I don't think internet sales of cigs "keep smoking levels up." Pure BS!

I always see lots of kids smoking, and I bet most of em neva even knew dey could buy ports online. Unless dey friends with cig bootleggas.

If the PACT Act is gonna make smoking levels go down, then whoever thinks dat oughta visit areas in the nation where it's common to see smokers (not juz underage smokers).


http://www.prnewswi releases/ congress- approves- bill-curbing- internet- tobacco-sales- in-victory- for-kids- and-taxpayers- 88258567. html

WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire- USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Matthew L. Myers President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:

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Voting 387 to 25, the U.S. House of Representatives today gave final congressional approval to the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act, legislation to curtail the growing sales of tax-evading, low-cost cigarettes and other tobacco products over the Internet and through the mail. Passage of this legislation is a milestone in the fight to keep kids from smoking and prevent tax evasion that costs state and federal taxpayers billions each year.

We applaud Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), the chief House sponsor, and Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), the Senate sponsor, for their leadership and persistence in pursuing this legislation and winning its approval. The Senate unanimously approved the bill on March 11. We look forward to President Obama continuing his strong leadership on tobacco control by signing the PACT Act into law.

Internet sales of tobacco products are a serious and growing problem that keeps prices down and smoking levels up. Such sales make it easier and cheaper for kids to buy cigarettes, facilitate tax evasion and cost federal and state governments billions in revenue. Many vendors that sell cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products over the Internet or through other mail-order sales do not pay applicable tobacco taxes and do not have sufficient safeguards to prevent sales to children, such as effective policies to verify a purchaser's age.

The PACT Act will:

•Require Internet sellers to pay all federal, state, local or Tribal tobacco taxes and affix tax stamps before delivery to any customer;
•Mandate that the age and identification of purchasers be checked at purchase and at delivery;
•Require Internet vendors to comply with state and local laws as if they were located in the same state as their customers;
•Provide federal and state enforcement officials with new tools to block delivery of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products that evade federal or state laws; and
•Ban the delivery of tobacco products through the U.S. mail.

Summary of the PACT Act: http://www.tobaccof research/ factsheets/ pdf/0361. pdf.

More on Internet tobacco sales: http://www.tobaccof reports/internet /.