The New York Association of Wholesalers and Distributors (NYAWD) is proud to announce its unwavering commitment to eradicating the illegal underground bootlegged cigarette market in fighting against criminals and terrorist organizations. NYAWD urges the government to act decisively and put an end to the funding of these dangerous entities.
The illegal cigarette market is at epidemic proportions, with New York City alone witnessing nearly 90% of the market dominated by illegal cigarette, illegal vapor, and other illegal untaxed tobacco related products. Statewide, the figure stands at over 60%. These alarming statistics are not merely numbers; they represent Billions of Dollars lost for taxpayers and Billions of lost revenues to the legal distribution and retail community.
NYAWD believes that a fair and level playing field is essential for a thriving marketplace that operates within the bounds of the law. The association aims to generate an additional $2 billion per year for New York's taxpayers and billions more for hardworking members of the legal distribution community. However, persistent challenges and roadblocks hinder progress, suggesting the presence of hidden forces at work.
The connection between the illegal cigarette trade and the funding of terrorist organizations cannot be ignored. The Peter King report on the sale of illegal cigarettes funding terrorism highlights how the first bombing of the World Trade Center was financed through illegal, untaxed, bootlegged cigarette money. It is undeniable that a nexus exists between the illegal bootlegged cigarette market and criminal enterprises, including terrorist organizations Hamas, Hezbollah, and Isis. https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna5160085
NYAWD calls upon the government, law enforcement agencies, and policymakers to recognize the significance of this battle. By cracking down on the marketplace flooded with illegal products, we can safeguard public safety and support the growth of our economy. It is time to put an end to the forces that undermine our society and threaten our way of life.
"As the director of NYAWD, I implore all stakeholders to join us in this fight against criminals and terrorist organizations," stated David M Schwartz, Esq. "Together, we can create a marketplace that upholds legality, fosters economic growth, and ensures the safety of our citizens. Let us unite against the illegal trade that tarnishes our great state and work toward a brighter future for all."
NYAWD invites all concerned citizens, government officials, and the media to join in this crucial cause and help spread awareness about the detrimental consequences of the illegal underground bootlegged cigarette market.
About the New York Association of Wholesalers and Distributors:
The New York Association of Wholesalers and Distributors is a Trade organization representing the interests of wholesalers, distributors and retailers across the State of New York. Dedicated to fostering a thriving legal marketplace, NYAWD advocates for fair competition, economic growth, and public safety.
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