The Tobacco Deal: Not So Fast

Under heavy fire, it is likely to undergo major changes. How much tinkering can it take before it comes apart?

It could be the Settlement of the Century. After three months of tense, delicate negotiations, a group of attorneys general and lawyers for Big Tobacco have struck a deal of historic proportions: The cigarette companies would ante up $368 billion over 25 years to settle lawsuits against them, submit to Food & Drug Administration regulation, and meet strict goals for reducing smoking in the U.S. By 2022, tobacco's role in American society would be forever reduced.

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