FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2010
STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL OF THE PREVENT ALL CIGARETTE TRAFFICKING ACT
"Today's final vote by Congress to pass the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act - also known as the PACT Act - represents a huge boost to New York City's ongoing fight to halt cigarette bootlegging. With new enforcement tools and tougher penalties, we will be able to increase our efforts to recover the millions of dollars in much-needed tax revenue that's being lost through online cigarette sales. The bill will also play a vital role in preventing youth smoking by putting in place age identification requirements that keep cigarettes out of the hands of children.
"Passage of the PACT Act will amplify our own efforts at the local level to stop contraband cigarette sales. Using investigations and lawsuits, we have gone after corporations and individuals who seek to profit from contraband cigarettes since 2003 and will continue to do so. This law will enable us to expand our strategy and invest more resources in targeting any and all illegal conduct by tobacco retailers.
"I want to thank Representative Anthony Weiner for his long commitment to getting this legislation passed. I also want to thank Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Chuck Schumer for their tremendous work in keeping this bill at the forefront of the Senate's legislative agenda.
"I look forward to President Obama signing the PACT Act into law. I can assure everyone who has worked so hard on this bill that the City will use it to take immediate action to improve the health and well-being of all New Yorkers."
Stu Loeser / Jason Post (212) 788-2958