Minn. tobacco pact halts some giveaways

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Tobacco marketers' $6.5 billion settlement of a Minnesota lawsuit the week of the 4th included their agreement to several new marketing restrictions besides the withdrawal of out-of-home signs previously negotiated in other states. In Minnesota, tobacco companies will stop giveaways of non-tobacco merchandise containing tobacco brand names and halt ads on bus shelters and in transit vehicles. Earlier pacts in Florida, Mississippi and Texas give those states the same new restrictions won by Minnesota.

Copyright May 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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