On November 23,
1998, the State of Maryland and 45 other states, the District of Columbia, and
five United States Territories entered into the Master
Settlement Agreement ("MSA") with certain tobacco product manufacturers.
Under the MSA, the manufacturers agreed to abide by extensive public health
restrictions on the advertising, promotion, and marketing of cigarettes and
compensate the states to offset costs arising from health problems associated
with the use of their products.
access to tobacco products in Maryland has been an important initiative of the
Attorney General's office. Preventing kids from starting to smoke will keep them
smoke free as adults is among the reasons the Attorney General's Office filed
suit in 1996 against the tobacco companies and recommended Maryland join the
historic settlement in 1998. From retail and online stings to agreements with
national retailers regarding best selling practices, the Attorney General has
made the reduction of youth access to tobacco products a major priority.
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