Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 Tobacco Settlement 20 Years Later

December 14, 2018

For the past 20 years – since the states settled their lawsuits against the major tobacco companies in November 1998 – we have issued annual reports assessing how well the states have kept their promise to use a significant portion of their settlement funds to combat tobacco use in the United States. In addition to their settlement funds – estimated at $246 billion over the first 25 years – the states collect billions each year in tobacco taxes.

This year’s report finds, once again, that nearly every state gets a failing grade and is spending a miniscule portion of tobacco revenues to fight tobacco use and the enormous public health problems it causes.