Statement: Settlement of the Texas Tobacco Lawsuit

Statement by Matthew L. Myers Executive Vice President CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE KIDS

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.

 

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