In discussions on-line about the impending PACT act becoming law, it has become obvious that American snusers feel they are getting a raw deal.
In a sense, American consumers of Swedish snus have been basking in a "duty-free" zone for the past few years, many weening themselves from cigarettes in the process. Your lungs, God and the Greater Good think this is wonderful. The US Government does not. Tobacco is taxed. Period.
Swedish snus consumers in the USA will eventually be forced to pay taxes on their snus purchases. They will most likely see in the next few years an increase in availability in US 'bricks & mortar' shops, and a drastically reduced portfolio. No more Gotlands Julesnus or Offroad Limited Edition 'Spam with Egg, Bacon, Sausage and Spam' Flavor, for sure. But that's another article.
Many have poo-pooed an underlying reason for the passage of this legislation: smuggling as a source of funds for terrorist groups. Many have laughed that this is as ludicrous as the 'for the children' banter which has led to a lot of pain for legitimate adult tobacco consumers now unable to procure their favorite flavored smokes.
Wake Up, tobacco users of all kinds (except cigars): the Tobacco War of 2009 has already begun. It's going to get bloody too.
It's a shame DallasNews.com, the on-line version of the Dallas Morning News, believes only short stories will bring visitors to the site. This article on www.dallasnews.com leaves out many of points relevant to tobacco users in general. Fortunately, I'm here to fill the missing blanks.
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