Smokeless Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement

In the 1990s, more than 40 states and several territories sued major tobacco companies to recover tobacco-related health care costs. A settlement of these lawsuits was reached with U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC). In exchange for the states dropping their claims, USSTC agreed to series of marketing restrictions and to fund a national education campaign on the dangers of tobacco products. The Smokeless Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (STMSA) requires USSTC to (1) ban the use of cartoons in advertising, ban youth targeting in tobacco advertising, ban most outdoor advertising, and limit the distribution of free tobacco samples; (2) provide access to tobacco company documents; (3) fund a national foundation for anti-smoking advertising and research; and (4) limit its lobbying efforts.


Smokeless Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (STMSA) (1998).

  • United States
  • Nov 1, 1998
  • Various state and territorial courts



  • American Samoa
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • State of Alabama
  • State of Alaska
  • State of Arizona
  • State of Arkansas
  • State of California
  • State of Colorado
  • State of Connecticut
  • State of Delaware
  • State of Georgia
  • State of Hawaii
  • State of Idaho
  • State of Illinois
  • State of Indiana
  • State of Iowa
  • State of Kansas
  • State of Louisiana
  • State of Maine
  • State of Maryland
  • State of Michigan
  • State of Minnesota
  • State of Mississippi
  • State of Missouri
  • State of Montana
  • State of Nebraska
  • State of Nevada
  • State of New Hampshire
  • State of New Jersey
  • State of New Mexico
  • State of New York
  • State of North Carolina
  • State of North Dakota
  • State of Ohio
  • State of Oklahoma
  • State of Oregon
  • State of Rhode Island
  • State of South Carolina
  • State of South Dakota
  • State of Tennessee
  • State of Utah
  • State of Vermont
  • State of Washington
  • State of West Virginia
  • State of Wisconsin
  • State of Wyoming
  • The Virgin Islands of the United States


  • United States Tobacco Company
  • United States Tobacco Manufacturing Company Inc.
  • United States Tobacco Sales and Marketing Company Inc.

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