Key Researchers


Overview of Internet Cigarette Sales


Kurt M. Ribisl, Ph.D., Rebecca S. Williams, M.H.S., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Annice E. Kim, M.P.H., Ph.D., Research Triangle Institute

Review Panel: Christopher Banthin, J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, Cristine Delnevo, Ph.D., M.P.H., UMDNJ School of Public Health, Andrew Hyland, Ph.D., Health Research, Inc. Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Introduction: Internet cigarette sales threaten to undermine the nation’s efforts to stem tobacco use and decrease its negative impact on public health. Cigarette tax and price increases have effectively reduced cigarette smoking and prevented minors from starting to smoke (U.S. DHHS, 2000; Zaza, 2005). However, a growing number of Internet vendors are selling cigarettes at much lower prices because they do not charge excise taxes. Few Internet cigarette vendors check the age of their customers, making Internet sales an appealing option for underage smokers. Several studies have explored:

•What is the current and potential impact of Internet cigarette sales?
•What regulations exist regarding Internet cigarette sales?
•Are existing regulations complied with and enforced?

Results of these studies can provide guidance to policymakers and others working to maintain and expand the positive impact that increasing cigarette prices has had on decreasing tobacco use and supporting federal and state budgets.

Date Updated : May. 2009
Original Date: Oct. 2007

Ribisl, K.M, Kim, A.E., and Williams, R.S.; Internet Cigarette Sales Knowledge Asset, Web site created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program; October 2007.,

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