PACT Act Goes Into Effect
Monday, June 28, 2010
Following on the heels of the FDA final rule going into effect on June 22, the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act goes into effect this Tuesday, June 29.
The PACT Act places strict new requirements on all Internet and mail-order sellers of cigarettes, RYO tobacco and smokeless tobacco products; requires Internet sellers to comply with all state and local laws that apply to bricks-and-mortar retailers in the jurisdictions where the Internet sellers customers and located; and makes cigarettes, RYO and smokeless tobacco products nonmailable matter (with some limited exceptions).
Even better, the PACT Act gives state, local and tribal governments the right to enforce the PACT Act in federal court. It also enables state, local and tribal governments to put illegally operating Internet and other mail-order sellers on a federal Treasury Department do-not-deliver list that will block those Internet sellers from being able to get any packages delivered for them by the Postal Service, common carriers or other delivery services (unless or until they show that the packages do not contain cigarettes, RYO tobacco or smokeless tobacco products).
That means that state and local tax collection officials, state attorneys general and city legal offices can use the PACT Act to crack down on any Internet sellers evading state or local tobacco taxes or selling cigarettes or smokeless to the state's or city's kids. And the more state officials use the PACT Act to stop illegal Internet sellers, the better it will be both for tobacco control and for state revenues.
Get more information about the PACT Act:
Public Law 111-154 (PDF 212KB)