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US tobacco firms agree to $369bn deal

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7098.1849 (Published 28 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1849
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    US tobacco companies have agreed to pay $368.5bn (£230bn) over 25 years, most of it to be spent on antismoking campaigns and public health efforts, in a landmark settlement with the attorneys general from 40 states.

    Under the agreement, which has yet to be endorsed by President Bill Clinton and approved by congress, the companies would admit that cigarettes are addictive and cause cancer, heart disease, and lung related illnesses. They would also pay $4bn a …

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