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Anti-smokers smoulder over cash deal

发布时间:2019-03-08 08:05:11来源:未知点击:

By Kurt Kleiner in Washington DC EIGHT US states have struck a new deal with tobacco firms that will protect the companies against further claims for damages in exchange for cash to help treat people made ill by smoking. The other 38 states suing the tobacco companies have been given a week to decide whether to sign up for the deal, which would mean the industry pays out $206 billion over 25 years. Anti-smoking groups are urging them not to. “It’s a lot worse than we thought,” says John Banzhaf, executive director of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in Washington DC. The deal is a slimmed down version of an earlier $368-billion settlement, which collapsed this year in Congress. Unlike that deal, however, this one will not require Congressional approval. But Banzhaf claims there are too many loopholes. For one thing, parent companies could spin off tobacco subsidiaries into standalone corporations,