What is the Pact Act?
Under the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act which has recently received President Obama’s signature now the sale of all tobacco products via the online route has been affected. The PACT act impacts US users of all tobacco products including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products including snus.
The PACT Act
The PACT Act discriminates against online buyers of snus, by increasing regulations on the sale of tobacco products. This means that
# Any online sale of snus (and other tobacco products) has to pay excise taxes
# The US Postal Service cannot be used to deliver certain tobacco products. (some armed forces serving abroad are excluded)
# All snus and snus like products have to carry proper labeling and warnings against the adverse health effects.
Basically the PACT Act has been enforced so that the US government can collect government taxes on the sale of snus and other tobacco products, though it is also supposed to deter underage youth from buying snus online.
How does it affect the snus consumer in the US?
The snus consumer in the US who can buy snus from a shop may not be affected, but then he will get only US snus there. For the original Swedish snus, he will have to order it online. Certain brands will simply not be available because they have not been approved by the FDA.
The United States Postal Service (a government agency) can no longer be used to ship tobacco products, including snus. Hence delivery can only be done via UPS (United Parcel Service) which is a publicly traded company.
Another restriction is that an individual cannot order more than 10 pounds by weight of a tobacco product. The individual ordering and taking delivery of snus has to be an adult, over 18 years of age.
And how does this affect SnusDirect.com customer?
For customers ordering at SnusDirect.com we pay all government excise taxes and for extra age verification we also require Adult signature on all UPS shipments. All shipments are sent as DDP - Delivery & Duty Paid. All our snus also carry extra warning labels in order to comply with FDA regulations.