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Attorney General Settles Violation Of Ban On Internet Sales Of Tobacco Products

CONTACT: Sarah London, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5479

February 24, 2010

An online seller of tobacco products doing business as StuffYourOwn.com agreed to pay the State of Vermont $3,000.00 to settle claims that it sold one pound of roll-your-own tobacco into Vermont in violation of the state’s ban on internet sales of tobacco products. The operator of StuffYourOwn.com, Jeff Gimotty of Buford, Georgia, signed a consent decree approved by the Washington Superior Court that resolves the Attorney General’s complaint alleging one violation of the internet ban. “This is another reminder to internet retailers – selling just one pound of tobacco or one pack of cigarettes into Vermont is illegal and will be costly,” said Attorney General William H. Sorrell.

Vermont’s ban on the internet sales and delivery of tobacco products went into effect in July 2008. The law prohibits cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, little cigars, or snuff, ordered or purchased by telephone, mail order, or through the internet, to be shipped to anyone in Vermont other than a licensed seller or distributor. The law resolves legislative concerns regarding internet sales of tobacco such as purchases by minors and the evasion of cigarette and tobacco taxes. Attorney General Sorrell reminded consumers and retailers alike that they “can’t dodge Vermont’s taxes and under-age sales laws by buying and selling tobacco online.”

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