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Program to Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco Products

Tobacco page at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Web site, which has the Master Settlement Agreement, all amendments and related documents




Tobacco Issues

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.

Reducing youth 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.  

Tobacco Litigation
Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (PDF, 285 pages)
Frequently Asked Questions about the Settlement
Maryland Tobacco Directory

News Releases:

03/17/05 Attorney General Curran and ATF announce joint initiative with credit card companies to prevent illegal cigarette sales over the internet
10/6/04: Landmark Settlement of "Kool Mixx" tobacco lawsuits
7/1/04: Curran sues maker of Kool cigarettes for targeting youth with hip-hop advertising campaign
5/11/04: Curran to testify to senate on impact on children of smoking in the movies
12/17/03: Entertainment industry willing to address youth smoking concerns
12/03/03: Online cigarette seller to cease Maryland sales and pay $61,000 in settlement with Curran's office
10/10/03: Attorneys General of 14 states demand payment by big tobacco farmers
8/26/03: Curran Writes to Motion Picture Association calling for reduction in movie smoking
6/24/03: Curran's Office Charges Online Company with Selling Cigarettes to Minors
6/18/03: States Reach $160 Million Settlement with Tobacco Companies
2/13/02: Wallgreens joins Curran's efforts to thwart sale of cigarettes to Maryland youth
6/11/01: Curran announces results of youth tobacco sting
12/9/99: State Seeks Order to Protect Tobacco Funds
11/20/98: Curran Settles Suit Against Tobacco Industry

Program to Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco
Web page
Tobacco Retailer's Guide: Reducing Youth Access to Tobacco Products


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