President Obama signed the Prevention of All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act into law last Thursday.

The new federal law prohibits the U.S. Postal Service from shipping cigarettes and delivers a devastating blow to Native American retailers.

As reported in the article linked below from the Olean-Times Herald, leaders of the Seneca Nation of Indians estimate that the PACT Act will cost the Seneca Nation "65 percent of its import/export revenues, which funds Seneca social-welfare programs. In addition, Nation officials say approximately 1,000 local jobs tied to Native mail-order cigarette sales will be lost."

Undoubtedly, the new law will also fuel the burgeoning black market for tobacco products. Provisions of the PACT Act increase criminal penalties and tighten reporting requirements in the hope of combating black market activity. Of course, anyone familiar with the failures of America’s war against illegal drugs will hardly find this reassuring.



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