HTML _ 97-664 - The Tobacco Settlement: An Overview
31-Jul-1997; Stephen Redhead; 3 p.

Abstract: On June 20, a group of state attorneys general, plaintiffs' lawyers, public health advocates, and lawyers representing cigarette manufacturers announced an historic settlement that would restructure the tobacco industry and revolutionize the nation's tobacco control efforts. The proposed settlement is currently under congressional consideration, and would require legislation and the President's approval before taking effect. The agreement would settle lawsuits brought by 40 states seeking to recoup Medicaid spending for smoking-related illnesses and ban class-action lawsuits against the tobacco industry. The industry, in turn, would pay an estimated $386.5 billion over the next 25 years to compensate states and individuals for tobacco-related health costs and finance nationwide anti-smoking programs. The settlement also purports to incorporate and expand upon the recent Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) regulation of tobacco products. The sale of tobacco products to adults would remain legal, but subject to restrictive measures designed to reduce significantly sales to underage buyers. Public health officials have raised questions about the proposed settlement concerning its potential effect on FDA's authority to regulation nicotine. [read report]

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