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It’s beginning to look like a bad, really bad, year for anybody involved in the illicit trade of cigarette smuggling. According to a press release from the DOR, tobacco smugglers are now very much on the minds of state and federal law enforcement officials.

At stake here is much more than lost revenues, as smuggling and tax evasion undermine a whole economic system that is based on rule of law and a level playing field for everyone.

In all, 12 recommendations—from greater state and federal cooperation to beefing up enforcement to putting stiffer penalties in play—were published by the recently convened Commission on Illegal Tobacco.

From state legislators to Attorney General Coakley to wholesale cigarette distributors and convenience store owners, the news of putting smugglers on notice was more than welcomed. It’s not too difficult to imagine countless other taxpayers who are interested in fairness, applauding along as well.

 

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