As of 2015, the primary legal concern surrounding mail ordering cigarettes is that the practice may violate the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act, a law that took effect in June 2010, according to CBS News. The law banned U.S. Postal Service deliveries of cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco.
Purchasing mail order cigarettes may also violate state laws. For example, the State of Rhode Island Division of Taxation reports that any individual who purchases cigarettes online without paying the required $3.50 per pack cigarette tax is guilty of a misdemeanor and can face a $150 fine or imprisonment for up to 150 days. Other states, such as Texas, would penalize the distributor rather than the buyer in such a situation, according to the Texas Comptroller.