Most Web tobacco sales banned in Arizona

by Alex Stuckey
The Republic |

Face-to-face interaction is now a must when purchasing most tobacco products  in Arizona.

A law that went into effect this week bans the sale of tobacco products —  except for pipe tobacco and cigars — via the Internet  and any other method of sale that is not a face-to-face transaction.

Pipe tobacco and cigars are exempt because they do no require a stamp to  provide proof that the retailer or distributor is  in compliance with the state’s luxury-tax laws, although they are subject to the  tax, according to the law.


The state Attorney General’s Office hopes the law will curtail the purchasing  ability of children.

“Online sales of tobacco products are a major problem because no safeguards  exist to ensure that children can’t buy them,” Attorney General Tom Horne said  in a news release. “State law needs this critical update to reflect the growing  amount of Internet sales of tobacco products and the danger this presents to  children.”

Individuals who violate the law can be charged with a Class 6 felony and are  also subject to a civil penalty of up to $5,000.

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