Jan. 16 1998
Washington, DC - Today’s settlement between the State of Texas and the tobacco industry is a good deal for the citizens of Texas. It ensures that Texas will receive payment for the significant expenses it has incurred in connection with tobacco-caused disease. We applaud Texas Attorney General Dan Morales for holding the industry accountable and for serving the citizens of Texas. While Texas’ settlement is a step forward, its limited public health provisions, although important, illustrate the need for comprehensive national legislation that will provide the entire nation with these and much stronger protections.