Governor Wants To Crackdown On Internet Cig Sales

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Convenience stores and grocers in Wisconsin are pleased to hear Governor Doyle wants to crack down on cigarettes sold over the Internet.

The Wisconsin Association of Convenience Stores says many of the Internet sellers charge no state excise taxes and don't require age verification for purchase.

Doyle is asking the Legislature to change state law to require any company that sells cigarettes in Wisconsin to be licensed and pay annual fees based on how many cigarettes it sells.

To be licensed by the state, each Internet vendor would have to prove it has a means to prove underage consumers aren't buying cigarettes.

Doyle has also proposed banning Internet vendors from shipping to postal boxes.

The state's 77-cent-per-pack tax was last raised in October 2001. State taxes collected on cigarettes last year fell slightly to 291 million dollars.