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In recent years, tobacco politics has been a multi-layered issue fraught with significant legal, commercial, and public policy implications. From the outset, Martha A. Derthick's Up in Smoke took a nuanced look at tobacco politics in a new era of “adversarial legalism” and the consequences, both intended and unintended, of the MSA (Master Settlement Agreement).

Now, with a brand new 3rd edition, the book returns to “ordinary politics” and the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act which gave the FDA broad authority to regulate both the manufacture and marketing of tobacco products. Derthick shows our political institutions working as they should, even if slowly, with partisanship and interest group activity playing their part in putting restraints on cigarette smoking.

The Aftermath of the MSA
The aftermath of the MSA

The MSA took effect formally and money began flowing to state treasuries in November 1999. Ten years later, the states had received more than $68 billion. The sailing, however, was not smooth. The MSA's signatories had to beat back challenges to its legality, as well as a market challenge from many ...

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