Move Tto Ban Internet Cigarette Sales

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Ten states, including Colorado, have reached an agreement with the federal government and major credit card companies on a plan designed to prevent the illegal sale of tobacco products over the Internet.

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced the plan this morning, along with the U-S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the card companies.

Spitzer and other regulators have been trying to halt the Internet sale of cigarettes across state lines. Critics of such sales say they undercut traditional business operators, deprive states of sales tax revenue, and give minors an avenue to buy cigarettes and chewing tobacco before the age of 18.

Besides Colorado and New York, other states involved in the agreement include California, Idaho, Oregon, Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin.