Massachusetts Urged To Crackdown On Illegal Tobacco
Black market tobacco is big business in Massachusetts. Stricter enforcement and tougher penalties are needed to discourage illegal cigarette smuggling. Those are the key findings of the nine-member Illegal Tobacco Commission, which was created last year by the state Legislature to look at the problem and recently issued a final report. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts revenue commissioner Amy Pitter, who chaired the Illegal Tobacco Commission.