A 6 page paper that covers the tobacco legislation proposed and passed since 1996. The writer examines programs facilitated by the Clinton administration through legislation, and the new tougher proposal introduced in September 1997. The paper looks at various opinions, interest groups, legislators, and provides some background on the health risks associated with cigarette smoking and the tobacco industry's cover up. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Orleans by a group of product liability lawyers. The original case was filed on behalf of Peter Castano, "a smoker since age sixteen who died of lung cancer at
age forty seven," and was quickly followed by a number of similar suits. (Andrews 11(7); ). State agencies joined in the class action suits until there were hundreds
of individual and class actions suits instigated around the country against the tobacco countries. By spring of 1997, Clinton had consolidated everything into a settlement agreement, and the tobacco
companies complained, but were amenable. Just as it looked like the battle was cooling off, President Clinton introduced a comprehensive change to the settlement plan, with tougher provisions and
a new direction. (Dunham, et al. 34). In 1997, the United States made world history by passing anti-tobacco legislation to protect children.
(France 99). This call for the tobacco companies to stop advertising around schools, the end to Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man, and tougher laws for the sale of
tobacco to minors, among other things. This was all backed by the White House and the Clinton Administration. The original plan to protect children, proposed in 1996 as
part of the Common Sense Product Liability Legal Reform Act of 1996, came into law. ("President Clinton" 776(4)). Before they
had a chance to take a breath from that defeat, the tobacco companies were hit again. President Clinton worked to consolidate the class action and individual suits against the
tobacco companies. "Since a proposed national settlement was announced June 20, the Administration -- led by Vice President Gore, Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, and Domestic