In November 1998, forty-six states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories (the states) entered into a settlement agreement with the four largest tobacco companies in the United States. This agreement, called the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), restricts tobacco companies’ marketing practices and requires them to pay a projected $206 billion over twenty-five years to the states.
The Office of the Attorney General is responsible for enforcing the MSA and for seeing that tobacco product manufacturers who have not signed the MSA comply with the Colorado Tobacco Escrow Funds Act.
Colorado has enacted legislation to further regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products. Below are links to topics mentioned above and to information that will assist the public, tobacco product manufacturers and licensed tobacco product distributors.
Click on the following links for more information
- Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and Colorado Escrow Funds Act Enforcement
- Colorado Certified Brands Directory
- Tobacco Frequently Asked Questions
- Fire-Safe Cigarettes
- Master Settlement Agreement Restrictions
- Master Settlement Agreement and Consent Decrees
- Information for Manufacturers
- Information for Distributors
- Contact the Tobacco Unit
If you have questions or comments, please contact us.