Pennsylvania AG Fisher Announces $230 Million Tobacco Payment; Urges State Lawmakers to Improve Health Care With Funds

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Attorney General
 Mike Fisher announced that Pennsylvania today is scheduled to receive
 $230.5 million as part of its $11 billion settlement with the tobacco
 industry.  The payment is the fifth major payment the state has received since
 December 1999 and brings the total payments to more than $800 million.
     "I believe this money should be spent to improve the health of
 Pennsylvanians," said Fisher, one of eight attorneys general who negotiated
 the national $206 billion tobacco settlement.  "I urge the General Assembly
 and Gov. Ridge to approve a plan that would fund vital health care initiatives
 in the Commonwealth."
     Since the settlement was approved, Pennsylvania has received
 $111.3 million in December 2000; $196.1 million in April 2000; $142.3 million
 in January 2000, and $123.6 million in December 1999.  Fisher said the state
 has also received smaller payments in 2000 and 2001 totaling about $2 million.
     In the next 25 years, Pennsylvania is scheduled to receive approximately
 $11 billion as its share of the $206 billion settlement with the tobacco
 industry.  The settlement placed severe restrictions on how the tobacco
 companies advertise their products and prevents the companies from marketing
 their products to children.
 
     CONTACT:  Sean Connolly, Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office of
 Attorney General, 717-787-5211.
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Attorney General
 Mike Fisher announced that Pennsylvania today is scheduled to receive
 $230.5 million as part of its $11 billion settlement with the tobacco
 industry.  The payment is the fifth major payment the state has received since
 December 1999 and brings the total payments to more than $800 million.
     "I believe this money should be spent to improve the health of
 Pennsylvanians," said Fisher, one of eight attorneys general who negotiated
 the national $206 billion tobacco settlement.  "I urge the General Assembly
 and Gov. Ridge to approve a plan that would fund vital health care initiatives
 in the Commonwealth."
     Since the settlement was approved, Pennsylvania has received
 $111.3 million in December 2000; $196.1 million in April 2000; $142.3 million
 in January 2000, and $123.6 million in December 1999.  Fisher said the state
 has also received smaller payments in 2000 and 2001 totaling about $2 million.
     In the next 25 years, Pennsylvania is scheduled to receive approximately
 $11 billion as its share of the $206 billion settlement with the tobacco
 industry.  The settlement placed severe restrictions on how the tobacco
 companies advertise their products and prevents the companies from marketing
 their products to children.
 
     CONTACT:  Sean Connolly, Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office of
 Attorney General, 717-787-5211.
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General