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The end game of this legislation… was to reduce the price difference between the Big Tobacco companies who are part of the MSA and other small companies who were not part of the original Settlement, thus decreasing competition for Big Tobacco.

All in all, the MSA is an abject failure on most levels other than protecting the interests and profits
of Big Tobacco.6


1 “Master Settlement Agreement, or a Masterful Status-quo Agreement?”, Anne Landman, The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch, November 24, 2008, http://www.prwatch.org/news/2008/11/7991/master-settlement-agreement-or-masterful-status-quo-agreement.

2 “Tobacco Settlement and Declining State Revenues”, James B. Carroll and David A. Moss, Trends Alert: Critical Information for  State Decision-Makers; The Council of State Governments; March 2002, p. 6.

3 “Tobacco Settlement and Declining State Revenues”, James B. Carroll and David A. Moss, Trends Alert: Critical Information for  State Decision-Makers; The Council of State Governments; March 2002, p. 8.

4 “Tobacco Settlement and Declining State Revenues”, James B. Carroll and David A. Moss, Trends Alert: Critical Information for  State Decision-Makers; The Council of State Governments; March 2002, p. 6.

5 “The Master Settlement Agreement and Its Impact on Tobacco Use 10 Years Later: Lessons for Physicians About Health Policy Making”,  Walter J. Jones and Gerard A. Silvestri, Chest 2010 (the official journal of the American College of Chest Physicians); 137; p. 695.

6 “How Big Tobacco got away with the Crime of the Century”, Pepe’s Non-Smoking Party Lounge, Pepe Lepew, March 28, 2011, http://theloungeisback.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/how-big-tobacco-got-away-with-the-crime-of-the-century/


 
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