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US law didn’t halt untaxed tobacco sales

NEW YORK — When Congress passed a law in 2009 effectively banning mail-order deliveries of cigarettes, it was expected to snuff out entrepreneurs on New York’s Indian reservations who were selling millions of cartons, tax-free, to consumers in high-tax states.

But the law, called the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act, did not stop everybody.

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