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.

Scary Warning Labels!  Those really work, don't they?

Regulation of Tobacco: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

There have been many questions and much confusion concerning the Kennedy/Waxman legislation since it became law on June 22, 2009.  What does FDA regulation of tobacco really mean?  Why aren't cigars or pipe tobacco treated the same way under the law as Cigarettes, RYO (roll your own), and Smokeless Tobacco or all kinds?  When does all this go into effect?  How does it affect me as a tobacco manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or consumer?

Published in Larry Waters Reports!

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