February 17, 1995

On February 17, 1995, Federal Judge Okla B. Jones allowed a lawsuit to continue that claimed that US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive and manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked. Tobacco companies immediately had an “oh shit” moment and began throwing money at politicians to keep their product in the stores. It worked until 1998, when the tobacco companies signed the Master Settlement Agreement, which required Tobacco companies to pay a settlement in perpetuity to the states, but not the people who died from smoking cigarettes. So, tobacco is still being sold to people over 21, and American tobacco companies decided to explore a new, under-litigated market. People in the global South, such as Africa, southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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