Dates of Program: January 2001 to March 2008
Field of Work: Tobacco Control
Problem Synopsis: In the mid 1990s, four states—Mississippi, Minnesota, West Virginia and Florida—filed lawsuits in their state courts against the tobacco industry, seeking reimbursement for health care expenditures for treating tobacco-related illness. Some 41 other states and two local jurisdictions eventually followed their lead, filing their own lawsuits in state courts. In 1998, the attorneys general of 46 states signed a Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with the four largest tobacco companies in the United States to settle most state suits. The infusion of resources from the MSA created an unprecedented opportunity for tobacco prevention and control.
Synopsis of the Work: The National Tobacco Control Technical Assistance Consortium (later shortened to Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium or TTAC) was a one-stop clearinghouse to connect tobacco-control advocates in this country at the state and local level with high-quality and timely technical assistance. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Legacy Foundation and the American Cancer Society jointly funded TTAC.
Staff and/or consultants of the TTAC program: