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Online cigarette sales are going up in smoke 

Jump to full article: Associated Press (AP), 2005-04-20
Author: CAROLYN THOMPSON

Intro:

It's been a month since major credit card companies announced they would no longer take part in online tobacco purchases, after being convinced by states' attorneys general and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms that virtually all of the sales were illegal.

That sent online sellers either scrambling to set up for alternative payments, like check or money orders, or out of the Internet business altogether.

"A lot of people have lost their jobs. There's been a lot of layoffs," said Rick Jemison, spokesman for Seneca Sovereign Partnership, which represents the Seneca Indian Nation's business community.

Businesses on the 7,000-member tribe's two western New York reservations are among the nation's biggest online retailers.

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