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Maryland Gets Tobacco Settlement Money 25 Years Later

November 28th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

More than $30 million dollars is coming to Maryland after being held up for 25 years.  The money is for healthcare costs related to treating smoking-related illnesses.  Big tobacco companies Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds had attempted to avoid paying the money in the Master Settlement Agreement, saying that Maryland had failed to enforce a particular statute regulating the cigarette industry. An arbitration hearing was held in March on the issue and a unanimous decision was issued in Maryland’s favor.