Authorities Crack Down On Internet Purchases Of Tobacco

State and local authorities are using a 55-year-old federal law to find out who is buying tobacco products on the Internet. Nebraska authorities want to find this out so they can collect the state's 64-cents a pack cigarette tax. Nebraska officials say they aren't sure how much tax revenue is lost to cyberspace cigarette buyers, but they are attempting to collect. The law requires out-of-state cigarette sellers to provide the names and addresses of people who they have sent tobacco products to. Some companies have already turned over the names, and officials say most of those who have been contacted by the state have paid up.