Major credit card companies will no longer handle Internet sales of cigarettes under a nationwide agreement announced Thursday. ... Smokers would still be able to buy cigarettes over the Internet, but they would not be allowed to use their credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Instead, they would have to use checks, money orders or some other payment system that would probably hold up delivery. (MSNBC, Charging smokes over the Net? Not anymore, 03/17/05.)
Hopefully the companies will find a way around the problem by using other methods of payment. Maybe this is a golden opportunity for an entrepreneur to start a new business... For more on this topic, go to SmokingLobby.com.