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Agreement (STMSA): http://ussmokelesstobacco.com/content.cfm?id=6 . Here is the STMSA from the AG's site: http://www.naag.org/redirect.php?ID=22392

  • 1998-12-8: MASTER SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT between the industry and AGs. The

MSA and its amendments are listed here: http://www.naag.org/issues/tobacco/index.php?sdpid=919

  • 1998-12-18: Department of Transportation announces that all U.S.-Carrier flights now

completely smoke-free. http://www.dot.gov/affairs/1998/dot22198.htm

  • 1998-12-18: AGRICULTURE: Flue-cured tobacco gets an 18 percent quota cut, shocking

industry analysts.

  • 1999: BUSINESS: MARKET SHARE: The big 3--PM, BAT and JT--hold about 40 per cent

of a total world market that experts estimate to be around 5.34 trillion

    • Philip Morris: 16.5 per cent of the world market share

    • British American Tobacco: 15 per cent.

    • Japan Tobacco: about 8.1 per cent.

  • 1999: CONSUMPTION:

    • China annual cigarette volume: around 1.6 trillion cigarettes

    • US: around 415 billion sticks.

    • Japan: 327 billion

    • Russia: 257 billion

    • Germany: 140 billion

    • India: just under 100 billion.

    • Brazil: 97 billion

  • 1999: CONSUMPTION: About 10 million Americans smoke cigars.

  • 1999: BUSINESS: Philip Morris Cos. revenues top $78 billion; operating companies income

is $15.2 billion.

  • 1999: BUSINESS: Philip Morris Companies Inc. launches its corporate online presence at

philipmorris.com.

  • 1999: BUSINESS: Merger of Rothmans International with British American Tobacco -

Richemont holds 23.3% effective interest in the enlarged British American Tobacco.

  • 1999: BUSINESS: Brown & Williamson is the first tobacco company to appoint an executive

in charge of corporate and youth responsibility, a program designed to aggressively pursue ways of discouraging youth smoking.

  • 1999: JTI formed as operating division of JT Group. JTI is based in Switzerland; its brands

include Mild Seven and international versions of former RJR brands Camel, Salem and Winston.

  • 1999: North Carolina creates the Golden LEAF Foundation (Long-term Economic

Advancement Foundation). It receives one half of the money coming to North Carolina from the tobacco master settlement agreement. Its mission: to improve the economic and social conditions of North Carolina's people, to promote the social welfare of North Carolinians "and to receive and distribute funds for economic impact assistance."

  • 1999: UK: LITIGATION A group action on behalf of 50 lung cancer sufferers is dismissed;

judge rules that most of the claims were launched too long after the original diagnoses of the disease.

  • 1999: SMOKEFREE: Maine bans smoking in restaurants.

  • 1999-01: LITIGATION: BOLIVIA files suit against the tobacco industry in a Texas court.

  • 1999-01: SETTLEMENTS: "Phase II" farmer payments established. The four largest U.S.

cigarette-makers agree to establish a $5.15 billion trust fund to help compensate farmers and allotment holders for the expected drop in production resulting from the AG nationwide settlement 96

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