Bill would outlaw ordering tobacco online

Bill would outlaw ordering tobacco online

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- With several cigarette tax increase proposals being considered in the Legislature, lawmakers are considering preventing people from ordering their tobacco from out of state.

Senate Bill 228, sponsored by Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, would allow individuals to purchase tobacco products from only vending machines or local stores.

Penalties for ordering tobacco online or through the mail could include up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The bill is scheduled to be debated in a Senate committee Friday morning.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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