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Attorneys General Support Federal Legislation To Stop Illegal Online Tobacco Sales

Washington, DC---The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter last night to all U.S. senators urging them to pass pending legislation that would prohibit illegal online and mail-order tobacco sales. The “Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009” (PACT Act; S.1147) would curb the delivery of cigarettes reaching underage youth, and bring state revenue by collecting state and local taxes on Internet sales of tobacco products, among other things.

Fifty-one Attorneys General signed the NAAG letter. The Association has supported the PACT Act since 2003. In this Congress, the House passed it last May. The bill is currently awaiting Senate action.

Attorneys General Jon Bruning (Neb.), Martha Coakley (Mass.), Roy Cooper (N.C.) and Rob McKenna (Wash.) led the NAAG sign-on effort. General Bruning is NAAG president, and he and General Coakley serve as NAAG Tobacco Committee co-chairs.

To view a copy of the letter and its signatories, go to the NAAG Web site: http://www.naag.org/sign-on_archive.php.

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