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. This would help tobacco control efforts by reducing the ability for underage minors to buy cigarettes online.

The analysis highlights the relevant federal and state regulations that a state attorney general would need to consider, as well as the legal challenges that might arise from a domain-name seizure.

Citation: Burstein AJ. Stopping Internet-based tobacco sales through domain name seizure. Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine. 2006;16(2):279-334.