Group calls on tobacco firms to continue contributions to anti-smoking campaign

03/17/2004 | MSNBC

A group of former U.S. health officials is criticizing tobacco companies for failing to continue paying into a campaign to prevent children from smoking. The dispute involves a 1998 settlement that required tobacco firms to contribute $300 million a year to the "truth" campaign against smoking. Since the companies have lost market share, however, they are no longer required to pay, but the group has asked for the contributions to continue.

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