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03/18/2005 Archived Entry: "Credit-card issuers refuse to charge online cigarette purchases"
NOW, ISN'T THAT INTERESTING? All the major credit card issuers have jointly decided not to allow cardholders to charge cigarette purchases online. They'll still let you charge the Evil Sticks of Death at the store; no worry there. It isn't the Health Nazis who've gotten to the credit cos. It's the Nazi Nazis.
This withdrawal from the market is the result of an "agreement" between the credit issuers and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The reason isn't that all you smokers are Endangering The Lives of Innocent Children and Driving Up Our National Health Care Costs. Oh no. Much worse! It's that you're ...
Good for you. Go buy money orders and keep evading as long as you can. The fact that you might also be breaking yourself of the credit habit is merely a bonus.
Perhaps I'm missing something here. But if the ATF wants everybody to pay more taxes on tobacco purchases, driving buyers toward more anonymous methods somehow just doesn't seem like the sensible way ...
Posted by Claire @ 12:55 PM CST