The attorney general and agents for the state of Washington have announced a crackdown on internet sales of tobacco products to kids.

Agents on Dec. 21 sent cease-and-desist orders to five online tobacco merchants for selling "bidis" to children from age 12 to 17. The sales practice was confirmed in a multistate sting operation by 17 state attorneys general.

The hand-rolled, candy-flavored cigarettes, made primarily in India, are a greater health hazard than regular cigarettes, said state Attorney General Christine Gregoire, who helped negotiate a multibillion-dollar settlement between the states and the American tobacco...

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