Legislation Involving Tobacco Companies
Selected Actions of the U.S. Government Regarding the Regulation of Tobacco Sales, Marketing, and Use
This site includes a timeline of legislative acts affecting tobacco such as the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, Cigarette Safety Act of 1984, Consumer Product Safety Act of 1972, and many others.
This website provides searchable summaries of more than 600 legal cases regarding smoking in the workplace and other places. Whether the dispute is about smoke in the home, disability discrimination, prisons, employment, or child custody, this is where you will find information about it.
The O’Neill Institute is researches the use of litigation as an approach for reducing tobacco use, partners with domestic and international organizations to draft shadow reports and works with advocates in low-and middle-income countries to target rights-based and constitutional arguments to their specific cultural, economic, and political environments.
Under the Master Settlement Agreement, seven tobacco companies agreed to change the way tobacco products are marketed and pay the states an estimated $206 billion. The tobacco companies also agreed to finance a $1.5 billion anti-smoking campaign, open previously secret industry documents, and disband industry trade groups which Attorneys General maintain conspired to conceal damaging research from the public.
This document includes excerpts from U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler’s 2006 opinion that briefly summarize the major findings and conclusions of the court with respect to the evidence presented in the case against the major tobacco industry by the Department of Justice.
This document is a compilation of select quotes and findings from the full legal document. This resource highlights excerpts of the court’s findings that help tell the story in a direct and easily understandable way.
On September 22, 1999, the United States filed a lawsuit against the major cigarette manufacturers and two industry affiliated organizations. The Department of Justice provides links to all the litigation documents.
This resource highlights litigation between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and various major tobacco companies pertaining to the FDA’s 2011 ruling requiring larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on packaging and advertisements.
On August 24, 2012, The US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed the February 2012 ruling of Judge Leon that stopped the U.S. FDA from implementing regulations to require large graphic warnings on cigarette packs and on all cigarette advertising.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has compiled numerous fact sheets discussing the Master Settlement Agreement. Topics include state payments, restrictions, shortcomings, securitizing payments, and many other issues.