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Law prohibits mailing cigarettes to deployed troops

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A new law meant to stop smuggling by mail has inadvertently also halted care packages of cigarettes and other tobacco products for American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009 took effect June 29, aimed at preventing minors from buying tobacco by mail and hampering smuggling by requiring tracking and ID.

But it hit military care packages by effectively restricting tobacco to one particular kind of U.S. Postal Service shipping that requires a signature for delivery but does not deliver to most overseas military addresses.

Families and charity groups that send packages are confused by the regulations and the bill's sponsor, Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, says he's trying to fix the law.

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