State AGs versus smokers’ pocketbooks

AP takes a look at the relentless, money-driven efforts of state law enforcement officials and tobacco majors in league together to suppress competition from upstart cigarette-sellers, a story covered often on these columns (see Feb. 15, 2005; Feb. 28 and May 11, 2004, etc.) “‘It’s 46 state attorneys general, the 200 or so wealthiest trial lawyers in the world and the six largest tobacco companies against a bunch of very small businesses who are losing money,’ said Jeremy Bulow, an economics professor at Stanford University.” (Stephanie Stoughton, “Landmark tobacco settlement faces increasing challenges”, AP/Maryville (Tenn.) Daily Times, May 31).

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