Postal laws on shipping tobacco

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Postal laws on shipping tobacco
A new law might break habits of shipping tobacco. (broken lose cigarettes image by Maria Brzostowska from

When it comes to shipping tobacco, it's a good idea to know the postal laws. Shipping tobacco through the U.S. Postal Service now is covered by certain rules and restrictions that went into effect in 2010.

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The Postal Service can no longer take in, or ship out, packages that postal employees know or reasonably believe contain cigarettes or other tobacco products. Only a few exceptions keep this new law from being an all-out ban on mailing tobacco.


Certain exceptions apply to the new postal laws, such as for Alaska and Hawaii, which are not covered by the changes for shipments within those states. Also, tobacco businesses are still allowed to ship tobacco products to other verified tobacco companies if the shipments are for business purposes.

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On March 31, 2010, the president signed the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act. Three months later, this new law became effective officially.

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