SBE Council Joins the Coalition to Stop Contraband Tobacco
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Business and Entrepreneurship Council announced today its membership in the
Coalition to Stop Contraband Tobacco, an organization dedicated to preventing
the illegal trafficking of tobacco products via the Internet.
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products is a serious problem that affects
many American small businesses, and we are pleased to join in the effort to
stop this practice," said Karen Kerrigan, president and CEO of the SBE
Council. "These illegal sales divert business from thousands of law abiding
tobacco sellers and ultimately costs states billions of dollars in lost tax
Coalition to Stop Contraband Tobacco is a diverse group of individuals,
associations, businesses and other organizations that are urging the U.S.
Congress to pass the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act. This
legislation will eliminate underage access to tobacco products via the
Internet, curtail associated illegal activities and help state government
recover lost state excise tax revenues.
essential that Congress immediately pass the PACT Act," continued
Kerrigan. "This is common sense legislation that will benefit American
small business owners, states that are running budget deficits and America's
Act passed in the House of Representatives in May is currently pending in the
SBE Council urges the U.S. Senate to act swiftly to pass this bill so that
legitimate businesses are protected," concluded Kerrigan.
Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to
protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For more information,
please visit www.sbecouncil.org.