Tennessee to end cigarette enforcement effort on border

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state Revenue Department says it is ending its surveillance program to catch people bringing too many cigarettes into Tennessee to avoid higher taxes.

Commissioner Reagan Farr tells The Associated Press that the program accomplished its goal of educating people that only 20 packs can legally be transported across state lines.

Farr says his department will still enforce the law, but it won't conduct scheduled surveillance of tobacco stores in neighboring states.

Revenue agents seized more than 31,000 packs of cigarettes from September through the end of December.

The state launched the program because its cigarette tax in July jumped higher than its eight neighbors -- from 20 cents a pack to 62 cents.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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