U.S. Customs and Border Protection As a grizzled old partisan of the Swedish Snus Wars, I've witnessed travesties of justice, science mocked while harmful profit and tax driven tobacco products flourished.  I've walked the smoke obscured corridors of the cigarette black market; both in the US and abroad.  Most of what I hear is laughter.

Post-PACT Act, the damning legislation which was going to crush the Seneca Indian Tribes of northern NY by violating their treaty rights to sell tobacco products NY tax free isn't working so well.  Latest numbers show that over 51% of cigarette and tobacco products sold in New York are Black Market goods!  Over half! 

NY is not alone in this either.  History shows that punitive taxes create and encourage the black market.

And now it gets personal.  I received a letter about 3 weeks from the Port of Cleveland office of US Customs and Border Patrol.

Published in Larry Waters Reports!
Sunday, 08 November 2009 00:00

Tobacco Smuggling and Terrorism.

Andrew Romeo - From Inside the Tobacco IndustryIn 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.

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