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Stopping Internet-Based Tobacco Sales Through Domain Name Seizure

Stopping Internet-Based Tobacco Sales Through Domain Name Seizure

Online tobacco sales can offer minors access to cigarettes and allow sellers to circumvent tobacco taxes—costs that are borne largely by states. This legal analysis argues that states should consider shutting down online tobacco vendors by seizing their Web addresses, also known as domain names. The analysis highlights the relevant federal and state regulations that […]

Youth Access to Cigarettes Online: Advertised and Actual Sales Practices of Internet Cigarette Vendors

Youth Access to Cigarettes Online: Advertised and Actual Sales Practices of Internet Cigarette Vendors

The presence of hundreds of Internet-based cigarette vendors could offer minors the opportunity to circumvent age restrictions by buying cigarettes online. This doctoral dissertation assesses the advertised and actual sales practices of these vendors as they relate to access to cigarettes by minors. Key Findings The researcher analyzed the websites of 88 online cigarette vendors […]

Posted in: Youth Access
Internet Sales of Cigarettes to Minors

Internet Sales of Cigarettes to Minors

Many adolescents have easy access to the Internet, raising concerns over their potential ability to buy cigarettes through Internet-based cigarette vendors. This paper presents the first published, peer-reviewed study assessing whether minors can successfully purchase cigarettes online. Key Findings Under adult supervision (and with parental consent), four adolescents aged 11 to 15 years attempted to […]

Posted in: Youth Access
Are the Sales Practices of Internet Cigarette Vendors Good Enough to Prevent Sales to Minors?

Are the Sales Practices of Internet Cigarette Vendors Good Enough to Prevent Sales to Minors?

Retail stores are typically required by law to check ID when selling cigarettes to customers. In the early days of the Internet era, however, few states even attempted to prevent minors from buying cigarettes online. This 2002 study evaluates the precautions taken by Internet vendors to avoid selling cigarettes to minors. Key Findings Researchers systematically […]

Posted in: Youth Access
Web Sites Selling Cigarettes: How Many Are There in the USA and What Are Their Sales Practices?

Web Sites Selling Cigarettes: How Many Are There in the USA and What Are Their Sales Practices?

In the late 1990s, Americans were increasingly using the Internet to purchase products. At the same time, vendors selling cigarettes and other tobacco products had begun popping up online. This study offers a baseline assessment of the number of Internet cigarette vendors as of 1999, along with an overview of their sales practices. Key Findings […]

Are Adolescents Attempting to Buy Cigarettes on the Internet?

Are Adolescents Attempting to Buy Cigarettes on the Internet?

The availability of tobacco products online raises questions about whether minors might turn to Internet cigarette vendors as a source of cigarettes. This study provides the first assessment of the extent to which minors attempt to purchase tobacco on the Internet. Key Findings The study analyzed surveys completed by more than 17,000 10th and 12th […]

Posted in: Youth Access