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Introduction The powerful tobacco industry nowadays seems to be defenseless against legal attacks on it In the past it has successfully faced all legal challenges despite of the fact that the hazard of smoking was widely known On the contrary anti-tobacco forces kept on accusing them In recent years cigarette manufacturers changed their strategies The tobacco industry is facing heavy criticism these days They are accused of supporting smuggling of tobacco They are also being accused of deceiving the customers about the ingredients of the cigarettes and the health hazards associated with them Marketing drugs to teenagers is also one of the allegations imposed on the tobacco industry To cope up with these challenges the tobacco manufacturers in many cases now usually decide to settle these lawsuits instead of fighting In this way they not only keep their profits higher but also keep their investors happy Recent Settlements and Cases In recent years the government has ruled out new regulations in order to cope up with the wide spread use of tobacco The Supreme Court and other courts have taken a number of new decisions in this regard This includes the regulation passed by the Attorney general of Massachusetts which regulates the advertising and sale of cigarettes smokeless tobacco and cigar This regulation banned the outdoor advertisement of tobacco products within 1000 feet of a school or public or the playground Moreover the regulations also prohibits indoor point-of-sale advertising of smokeless tobacco and cigars lower than 5 feet from the floor of a retail establishment located within 1000 feet of a school or playground Lorillard Tobacco Co v Reilly In November 1998 Massachusetts along with over 40 other States reached a landmark agreement with major manufacturers in the cigarette industry The signatory States settled their claims against these companies in exchange for monetary payments and permanent injunctive relief App 253258 Outline of Terms for Massachusetts in National Tobacco Settlement Master Settlement Agreement Nov
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