ONLINE sales of cigarettes will exceed US$10 billion annually, or a quarter of all sales, in a decade, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina.

Smokers are increasingly buying their cigarettes via the Internet to avoid paying punitive taxes; the medium helps retailers sidestep restrictions on advertising and sales to minors.

The research, headed by academics Kurt Ribisl and Joanna Cohen, was highlighted in the Tobacco Control journal, specialist journal of the British Medical Association (BMA) and has ...

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