Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009 or PACT Act - Amends
the Jenkins Act to: (1) include smokeless tobacco as a regulated
substance; (2) impose shipping and recordkeeping requirements on
delivery sellers (sellers using the telephone, mails, or the Internet)
of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco; (3) require common carriers of
cigarette products to obtain age and identity verification upon
delivery of such products; (4) require the Attorney General to compile
and publish a list of delivery sellers of cigarettes or smokeless
tobacco who have not complied with the registration or other
requirements of such Act; (5) increase criminal penalties and impose
new civil penalties for violations of this Act; and (6) grant
jurisdiction to U.S. district courts to prevent and restrain violations
of this Act and direct the Attorney General to administer and enforce
Amends the federal criminal code to: (1) treat cigarettes and
smokeless tobacco as nonmailable and prohibit such items from being
deposited in or carried through the U.S. mails (with specified
exceptions, including for mailings for consumer testing); and (2)
authorize officers of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and
Explosives (ATF) to enter the premises of certain cigarette shippers to
inspect records and inventories.
Prohibits a tobacco product manufacturer or importer from selling or
delivering in states cigarettes not in compliance with model or
qualifying state statutes.
Limits the applicability of this Act with respect to Indian tribes and certain tribal matters.
Directs the ATF Director to create regional contraband tobacco
trafficking teams and a Tobacco Intelligence Center to monitor and
coordinate tobacco diversion investigations.
Expresses the sense of Congress with respect to the precedential effect of this Act.
One other point to consider is cost, as one commenter to the above remarked:
What about the COST? When the PACT Act of 2003 passed the Senate, the
Congressional Budget Office prepared a Cost Estimate for the Bill. The
Congressional Budget Office estimated that the PACT Act of 2003 would
cost about $140 MILLION over the 2004-2008 period to enforce. How much
will the PACT Act of 2009 cost to enforce?
Now for the really interesting, telling, laughable, but angering
part: cigars are exempt! So cigarettes, tobacco, and smokeless tobacco
will be prohibited from importing, but cigars will be permitted. No
prizes for working this one out, the law-makers fully understand their
new tax hike is an unwarranted joke and refuse to pay the cost of the
luxury cigars they so readily enjoy. Far from wanting to be affiliated
with the average joe of society, they exempt their personal pleasures
to allow them to buy low-cost cigars to toast their further destruction
Fuck you all.