The MSA sets specific amounts that OPMs are willing to pay each year to settlement states. These annual amounts are subject to a number of adjustments. OPMs each pay a portion of the annual total based on the “relative market share” of each OPM for the previous year.   The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) was concluded in November 1998 between the four largest U.S. tobacco companies (Philip Morris Inc., R. J. Reynolds, Brown-Williamson and Lorillard – the “participant producers of origin” known as “majors”) and the attorneys general of 46 states. States have filed their Medicaid complaints against the tobacco industry for recovering their tobacco costs. 25 In return, the companies agreed to restrict or end certain tobacco marketing practices and eventually make several annual payments to the states to compensate them for part of the medical cost of caring for people with smoking-related illnesses.
The money also funds a new anti-smoking group, the Truth Initiative, which is responsible for campaigns such as truth and has public records of documents from the business. The Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) is an agreement reached in November 1998 between the Attorneys General of 46 states, 5 U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and the four largest tobacco companies in America on the advertising, marketing and advertising of cigarettes. In addition to requiring the tobacco industry to pay billions of dollars a year to housing countries forever, the MSA has also imposed restrictions on the sale and marketing of cigarettes by participating cigarette manufacturers. In mid-2000, NPMs and domestic importers began to gain greater market share.  NAAG found that reductions in compensatory payments resulting from a general reduction in cigarette consumption benefited states, as the health costs imposed by each cigarette exceed offsets.  On the other hand, if there is a reduction in compensatory payments because NPM sales supersede pm sales, states will not benefit if NPMs do not make trust payments. That is why, at the end of 2000, NAAG established a contraband status model to ensure that NPM makes fiduciary payments for cigarettes. See PX 116. Contraband status provides that excise stamps can only sell cigarettes sold in the state if the manufacturer becomes an MSA MP or is an NPM that makes all the faithful payments required by the status of the trust.  The status of contraband imposes a criminal penalty on wholesalers who sell NPM cigarettes that are not properly registered in the state and pay full trusts.