NEW YORK (AP) — THE Latest on a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service over cigarette smuggling (all times local):
New York City and California are suing the U.S. Postal Service to stop tens of thousands of cigarette packages from being mailed from foreign countries to U.S. residents.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court blames the Postal Service for “cigarette tax evasion.”
It says mailed cigarettes cheat governments of millions of dollars in tax revenue, stall antismoking efforts and keep health care costs high.
The lawsuit seeks a court order to force the postal service to intercept and destroy cigarettes sent by mail.
Postal Service spokesman David Coleman says the agency does not comment on active litigation.