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§ 5672. Declaration of policy

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 35 P.S. Health and SafetyEffective: June 22, 2000

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 35 P.S. Health and Safety (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 27D. Tobacco Settlement Agreement Act (Refs & Annos)
Effective: June 22, 2000
35 P.S. § 5672
§ 5672. Declaration of policy
The General Assembly finds and declares as follows:
(1) Cigarette smoking presents serious public health concerns to the Commonwealth and to the citizens of this Commonwealth. The Surgeon General has determined that smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease and other serious diseases and that there are hundreds of thousands of tobacco-related deaths in the United States each year. These diseases most often do not appear until many years after the person in question begins smoking.
(2) Cigarette smoking also presents serious financial concerns for the Commonwealth. Under certain health care programs, the Commonwealth may provide medical assistance to eligible persons for health conditions associated with cigarette smoking, and those persons may be eligible to receive such medical assistance.
(3) Under the health care programs described in paragraph (2), the Commonwealth pays millions of dollars each year to provide medical assistance for these persons for health conditions associated with cigarette smoking.
(4) Financial burdens imposed on the Commonwealth by cigarette smoking should be borne by tobacco product manufacturers rather than by the Commonwealth to the extent that such manufacturers either determine to enter into a settlement with the Commonwealth or are found culpable by the courts.
(5) On November 23, 1998, leading United States tobacco product manufacturers entered into a settlement agreement, entitled the “Master Settlement Agreement,” with the Commonwealth. The Master Settlement Agreement obligates these manufacturers, in return for a release of past, present and certain future claims against those manufacturers as described therein, to:
(i) Pay substantial sums to the Commonwealth, tied in part to those manufacturers' volume of sales.
(ii) Fund a national foundation devoted to the interests of public health.
(iii) Make substantial changes in the manufacturers' advertising and marketing practices and corporate culture with the intention of reducing underage smoking.
(6) It would be contrary to the policy of the Commonwealth if tobacco product manufacturers who decide not to enter into the Master Settlement Agreement or similar settlement were able to use a resulting cost advantage to derive large, short-term profits in the years before liability may arise without ensuring that the Commonwealth will have a source of recovery from these manufacturers if they are found to have acted culpably. It is thus in the interest of the Commonwealth to require that these manufacturers establish a reserve fund to guarantee a source of compensation and to prevent these manufacturers from deriving large, short-term profits and then becoming judgment proof before liability may arise.


2000, June 22, P.L. 394, No. 54, § 2, imd. effective.
35 P.S. § 5672, PA ST 35 P.S. § 5672
Current through Act 13 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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