In the settlement, the companies agreed to pay states $246 billion
over 25 years. Illinois will receive more than $9.1 billion from the Master
Tobacco Settlement Agreement through the year 2025. Illinoiss payout is
the fifth largest from MTSA, after California, New York, Pennsylvania, and
Ohio, respectively. The following table includes the 10 highest payment totals
among participating states.
to States through 2025
The MTSA also
contained a number of important public health provisions. The agreement placed
significant marketing restrictions on the tobacco industry by prohibiting
direct advertising and promotion aimed at young people, by limiting brand name
sponsorship at events that might be frequented by youth, by requiring the
removal of street advertising without restrictions on counter-marketing, by
placing substantial restrictions on lobbying and on the suppression of research
findings, and by requiring major contributions from the tobacco industry to
cessation and prevention activities. In addition, the agreement dealt with such
issues as legal fees, court supervision, civil liabilities restrictions, and
public disclosure. The 1998 settlement contained no provisions regarding
federal Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate cigarettes and other
funds are being spent on smoking cessation programs, health care, education,
programs benefitting children and other programs tailored to states' individual
needs. In FY2001, 35 states appropriated $614.9 million from the settlement
agreement specifically for tobacco prevention and control purposes.
information on the MTSA, visit <www.naag.org>.
Tobacco Industry Documents
As part of the tobacco litigation in a number of states, the tobacco industry
was forced to disclose millions of pages of internal documents, many of which
are now publicly available on the World Wide Web. These documents have provided
important insight into how tobacco companies targeted consumers. Consumers,
public health advocates and others can search these documents to locate and
analyze this revealing information in order to make decisions about effective
tobacco prevention and control.
Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a Web site to make
searching internal documents easier (www.cdc.gov/tobacco/industrydocs).
The Web site has
three main searchable components:
A compilation of indexes developed and provided by each of the tobacco
companies that were defendants in the State of Minnesota vs. Philip Morris,
Inc. et al. trial. The 4B Index contains objective indexing information on the
27 million pages of documents provided during litigation.
Select Set A subset of almost 400,000 pages of documents that were
considered most relevant by the attorneys in Minnesotas case against the
tobacco industry. This component of the Web site provides text-searchable
Guildford-British American Tobacco Documents A subset of the Minnesota
Select Set that contains approximately 7,000 documents that Minnesota attorneys
thought related best to the population of their state.
on-line resource can be found at
<www.tobaccodocuments.org>. This meta-site allows you
to search multiple Web sites at once, as well as look at various collections of
tobacco industry documents that researchers have compiled.
Reducing Tobacco Use: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services; 2000.