Legislation Involving Tobacco Companies


smokelitigation 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.

O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

oneill 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.

Master Settlement Agreement

National Association of Attorneys General 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.

United States v. Tobacco Companies

United States Department of Justice 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.

UCSF Library, FDA Lawsuits

Plain PackagingThis 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.

R. J. Reynolds v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Plain Packaging 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.

Smoke-Free Legislation by State

ACS CAN This interactive American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network map shows the level of smoke-free legislation in each state.

State Tobacco Settlements Factsheets

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids CTFK 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.