ERIC Number: EJ950913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
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Post-Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement: Policy and Practice Implications for Social Workers
Clark, Trenette T.; Sparks, Michele Jones; McDonald, Theresa M.; Dickerson, Janet D.
Health & Social Work, v36 n3 p217-224 Aug 2011
The 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) was developed between states and tobacco manufacturers to settle the states' lawsuits against tobacco manufacturers and recover tobacco health-related costs. States won billions of dollars and concessions regarding how tobacco products could be advertised. The purpose of the MSA was to prevent cigarette smoking and compensate for health expenses incurred in the treatment of tobacco smoking-related illnesses. Twelve years after the settlement, it is clear that MSA monies have been gravely diverted from tobacco prevention and cessation programs to balance budgets. The authors' review indicates that increases in funding for state tobacco prevention and cessation programs reduce tobacco use across all populations. Implications for social policy and social work practice are offered.
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Smoking, Prevention, Health Care Costs, State Programs, Financial Support, Social Work, Caseworkers, Public Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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