It's a bit of a bummer for me to write this article. I was hoping the next time I would write about this I would be saying something about the House voting this down and standing up for the jobs of the Senecas, the American's who use snus and smokeless tobacco products, and online businesses and said "No. We do not want this in OUR America." But sadly, that isn't the case. The House has passed the PACT Act. And despite the fancy terms thrown around such as "...for the children", "Stopping illegal smuggling...", "...global terrorism", "...funding terror cells", and various other political jargon, in the end this all came down to one issue and one issue alone.
Money. You can throw all the fancy words around you want, Mr. Big Shot Politician, but WE, the PEOPLE know what this is about. The 1,000 jobs this is going to cost isn't even a drop in the bucket with the income taxes they pay when compared to what this will bring in in terms of tax revenue for the crooks in Washington. And Phillip Morris and RJ Reynolds, don't think we don't know that you had something to do with this. No telling how much money you threw at the politicians to eliminate your competition. We're onto you, as well.
Tribal leaders are saying they will continue the fight in this article from IndianCountryToday.com. The Seneca Indians even went so far as to call the PACT Act a "sucker punch", in this article from PRNEWSWire.com. They are still pledging to fight this and stand up for the jobs this is going to cost them, as well. It's a shame to see the people we elect to stand up for us to be the very ones working against us in favor of money. It's sad, really. The days of "Proud to be an American" are fading away into the sunset.
What does this mean for the snus user? Well, you can still buy snus. It's just not going to be as cheap as it once was. Swedish Match is doing a big push into the US, this article in Bloomberg said that Swedish Match is going to broaden US availability. We can still buy it online, but we'll have to use services like UPS and others who will age verify, and that's going to raise the cost of shipping from 5-6 bucks a delivery to around 12-30 dollars a delivery. It's not going to be cheap, but we can still get snus. I will continue to buy snus online, this isn't going to stop me from doing that. I'm also going to continue to stand up against the PACT Act, and hope that someday something will be done about this. I'm not happy about this at all, and I consider this a tremendous slap in the face to the American people.
For those who don't know, Snubie.com is on YouTube, and this video on our YouTube page is a little about the passing of the PACT Act by the House. You can check out our channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/SnubieDotCom. Keep your head up, guys. We can still get snus, granted it won't be as easy, but at least they haven't taken that away from us. .....yet.