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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 FDA Regulations Die in Court
The FDA regulations die in court

The FDA Regulations, it will be recalled, were published in proposed form in August 1995 and in final form a year later. The industry filed a lawsuit challenging them, yet also agreed in June 1997 to incorporate FDA regulatory authority into the settlement with the ...

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