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CRS Report - The Proposed Tobacco Settlement: Who Pays for the Health Costs of Smoking? (updated April 30, 1998) | Jane G. Gravelle
Article Published: 1998/04/30

Type: Official report
Published By: Congressional Research Service - The Library of Congress

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This Congressional Research Service Report is contemporary with the Master Settlement Agreement of 1998. It is revealing in many respects, such as regarding the “costs” of smokers to society – costs that, simply, are not there.

Once again, the opposite of what “public health” and antitobacco activists say is true. In the report we read:

"Smoking has apparently brought financial gain to both the federal and state governments, especially when tobacco taxes are taken into account. In general, smokers do not appear to currently impose net financial costs on the rest of society."

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