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Enforcing Tobacco Laws

View through the grille above the main entrance of the Sevier Building

On November 23, 1998, Tennessee and 51 other states and jurisdictions entered an historic multistate settlement with the major tobacco companies, the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). Since its creation, more than 50 tobacco companies have joined the MSA.

Tennessee is projected to receive up to $4.8 billion in payments through the year 2025 and additional payments in perpetuity. The MSA also places significant restrictions on tobacco advertising and marketing as well as providing funding for a foundation that addresses youth tobacco use.

To date, Tennessee's general fund has received over $2.3 billion in MSA payments from the tobacco companies.