Schneiderman Sues Tobacco Retailers for Online Sales

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 | Categories:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said his office is suing six website operators, accusing them of illegally selling cigarettes to state residents. Schneiderman said the online sales resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars lost in sales tax revenues for the state. He also contends that online cigarette sales make it easier for minors to buy cigarettes. “These vendors not only broke the law prohibiting the sale of tobacco online, but also endangered our children by making cigarettes easier and cheaper to purchase,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “With thousands of children becoming addicted smokers each year, and hundreds of thousands more expected to die because of smoking-related illnesses, our fight for a healthier New York is not over. This office has a proud history of standing up to corrupt tobacco corporations, and as Attorney General I will continue to stop those, no matter how big or powerful they might be, who put profits before the health and safety of our communities, and the laws of this state.” The Attorney General said investigators in his office made numerous cigarette purchases, ordering off the websites in recent months. State law requires anyone shipping cigarettes to be a licensed cigarette tax agent or wholesale dealer. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.
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