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House Proceeding on Mar 17th, 2010 :: 0:44:00 to 0:46:55
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Lamar S. Smith

0:43:56 to 0:44:17( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: this important legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlen from texas for as much time as he may consume. mr. smith: mr. speaker, s. 1147, the prevent all cigarette trafficking, oract act, of 2010 is bipartisan legislation. it will help federal, state and

Lamar S. Smith

0:44:00 to 0:46:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Lamar S. Smith

0:44:18 to 0:44:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: local law enforcement officials combat cigarette smuggling and trafficking. today, the house considers the senate version of this legislation. the house passed similar bipartisan legislation last may, which i co-sponsored with my colleague from new york, mr. weiner. tobacco smuggling has become one of the most prevalent forms of smuggling in recent years. as the effects are felt not

Lamar S. Smith

0:44:40 to 0:45:01( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: only in america but around the world. the world health organization estimates that illegal cigarettes account for over 10% or approximately 600 billion cigarettes of the almost six trillion cigarettes so globally each year. according to a study by the world bank, cigarettes are

Lamar S. Smith

0:45:02 to 0:45:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: appealing to smugglers. smugglers are therefore able to sell contraband cigarettes at a significant lower price making it highly profitable to traffic them for resell. tobacco smuggling includes the large diversion of cigarettes from wholesale distribution to the public. it allows the traffickers to

Lamar S. Smith

0:45:23 to 0:45:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: avoid most, if not all the taxes thatill be imposed at retail. the profits fm tobacco trafficking can be used to finance other illegal activity, such as organid crime and drug trafficking syndicates. in addition, the sell of tobacco traffic in the market deprives states of revenue each year. californ officials estimate

Lamar S. Smith

0:45:47 to 0:46:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: that taxes are 15% of all tobacco sold in its markets at c per year. . recently my home state of texas raised its cigarette taxes. this increase is supposed to

Lamar S. Smith

0:46:10 to 0:46:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: generate an additional $800 million in revenue for the state. this revenue could be lost if smugglers continue to divert cigarettes for resale on the underground market. the pact act will help to ensure that states like california, new york, and texas receivor recover tax revenues -- revenue that is due to them. this bipartisan legislation closes loopholes in current

Lamar S. Smith

0:46:31 to 0:46:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: tobacco trafficking laws and provides law enforcement officials with ways to combat the innovative method being used by cigarette traffickers to distribute their products. mr. speaker, s. 1147 is supported by the lung cancer alliance, the campaign for tobacco free kids, and more than 20 public health advocacy organizations. a number of tobacco

Lamar S. Smith

0:46:52 to 0:46:55( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: manufaurers and a majority of state attorneys general also

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