On 25th October, the Gleaner in Jamaica reported that the city of New York and the state of California have sued the US Postal Service to stop tens of thousands of cigarette packages from being mailed from foreign countries to US residents, saying the smugglers are engaging in “cigarette tax evasion” while postal workers look the other way. Seeking a court order forcing the USPS to act, the lawsuit blames the it for deliveries from Vietnam, China, Israel and other countries, saying the failure to enforce a federal law aimed at banning cigarette mail deliveries costs California an average of $19 million annually in tax revenues, and New York City and New York State over $21 million each year. Authorities estimate as many as 6 million packs of cigarettes are delivered by mail each year to California and 5 million packs to New York City and state.
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