What May Stub Out The Tobacco Settlement

Any pact awaits a gamut of constitutional challenges

The odd coalition of cigarette companies, trial lawyers, state attorneys general, and scattered health officials that is lobbying for the landmark tobacco settlement is facing challenges from all sides. Ever since the deal was announced on June 20, it has been under fire--for limiting federal regulation of nicotine, letting the companies off for too little money, and shielding internal documents from the public, among other things.

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