Tobacco Companies Continue To Pay Indiana Annually
Attorney General Todd Rokita continues Indiana’s battle to help Hoosiers stop smoking and decrease the number of youth smokers throughout the state by holding tobacco manufacturers accountable.
Last week Indiana received more than $136 million from tobacco product manufacturers under the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
“The harmful effects of tobacco take the lives of thousands of Hoosiers every year,” Rokita said. “My office is working hard to ensure our kids live a long and healthy life and they avoid the dangerous path of smoking.”
Under this agreement, Indiana receives annual payments as long as the tobacco manufacturers continue selling cigarettes in the state.
The agreement also forbids participating cigarette manufacturers from targeting youth, imposes restrictions on advertising and promotional activities, and product placement in media, branded merchandise, free product samples, and sponsorships.
The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement remains the largest civil settlement in U.S. history. The funds received by Indiana under the settlement agreement go to healthcare, prevention, and reduction of smoking.
The TMSA payments received during Rokita’s administration totals to more than $433 million.
Cigarettes cause cancer and other diseases, as the Surgeon General first concluded in its historic 1964 report. So, improving Hoosiers’ health remains a priority of the Attorney General, as it should for all elected officials.
For more information on quitting smoking, call Indiana’s Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QuitNow.