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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 1997 Settlement Dies in Congress
The 1997 settlement dies in congress

In this and the next two chapters, we return to the story of how a newly harsh regime of tobacco regulation was constructed in the 1990s. It did not come easily, and it did not come through legislation.

Congress did not agree to enact what the industry, state attorneys general, and tort lawyers had settled ...

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