Monday, November 23, 2009

Sen Kohl leading the way to end tobacco trafficking

According to a recent constituent e-newsletter Sen. Kohl is leading the way in Congress to put an end to cigarette trafficking. Cigarette trafficking is a recent issue emerging in the last few years. As his e-newsletter indicates,
Cigarette trafficking has become a highly profitable revenue source for criminal and terrorist organizations like Hezbollah, al Qaeda and Hamas.  Money is often raised in the United States, then funneled back to these international terrorist groups.  Cigarette smuggling is a multibillion dollar phenomenon and getting worse.  To counter this trend, I [Sen. Kohl] introduced the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act of 2009 which recently passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.  It provides law enforcement essential resources to crack down on black market tobacco ventures.

The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act will:

  1. Strengthen reporting requirements for interstate cigarette sellers.
  2. Increase the criminal penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony and create a substantial civil penalty for violations, including violations of the reporting requirements and state tobacco tax laws.
  3. Grant federal and state law enforcement officials more power to investigate and prosecute violators.
  4. Prohibit the United States Postal Service from delivering tobacco products
Does this seem like a common sense solution to a BIG problem?
Above is a link to Sen. Feingold's contact page-- ask him to support this common sense solution. 

To get the full history of cigarette trafficking check out this factsheet.
For more details about internet sales of tobacco check out this special report.

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