Tobacco company or associationEnforcement actionOutcome
RJ Reynolds 2000Violated MSA outdoor signage advertising provisions at sponsored events and restrictions on free tobacco product distribution at the Winston Cup National Association Stock Car Racing and National Hot Road Association Drag Racing series
  • Settlement agreement

  • $30000 payment for investigative costs

  • Established restrictions and standards for placement of advertising at events

  • Established requirements to enclose booths where free tobacco product sampling was occurring to prevent youth exposure

USST 2000Violated California Health and Safety Code Section 118950 (prohibits non-sale distribution of coupons for smokeless tobacco on public grounds) with its placement of an Ultimate Playboy Weekend sweepstake contest advertisement in the San Diego State University student newspaper The Daily Aztec, which included a $1.00-off coupon for Rooster smokeless tobacco
  • Settlement Agreement

  • $150000 payment to Rogers & Associates to create and place an alternative advertisement and to pay for investigative fees and other damages

Swedish Match 2001Violated California Health and Safety Code Section 118950 (prohibits non-sale distribution of smokeless tobacco on public grounds) at the Watsonville Speedway and the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles
  • Stipulated court judgment

  • $375000 payment to the Public Health Institute to monitor tobacco advertising and promotions and raise awareness about tobacco use

  • $10200 payment for investigative costs

RJ Reynolds 2001Violated MSA provisions related to restrictions of free tobacco product sampling with its nationwide programme that involved distributing massive quantities of free cigarettes through the mail to individuals' homes
  • Court approved settlement

  • $175000 payment to California and Arizona for investigative costs and attorney fees

  • Established: requirements for written consent to receive samples for evaluation purposes; placed limits on the number of packs sent and the size of mail containers; and reporting requirements describing the number of packs distributed in the state

USST 2002Violated STMSA provisions related to adult-only facilities where free tobacco product sampling occurred and brand name advertising at these facilities
  • Multi-state memorandum of understanding

  • Requirements for enclosing booths where free tobacco product sampling was occurring to prevent youth exposure

  • Established requirements on the use of brand name advertisements at facilities where free tobacco product sampling was occurring

USST 2002Violated Health and Safety Code Section 118950 (prohibits non-sale distribution of smokeless tobacco on public grounds) at Wild West Stampede in Auburn and Livermore Rodeo in Livermore
  • Stipulated court judgment

  • $150000 payment to the Public Health Institute for tobacco use prevention and cessation education related to tobacco products and tobacco brand name sponsorships

  • $21000 for investigation costs

RJ Reynolds 2003Violated MSA outdoor signage restrictions at the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Winston Cup Series at Sears Point Raceway and other auto race tracks
  • Court of Appeal decision

  • Established restrictions to prohibit the placement of event signage more than 90 days before and 10 days after an event

RJ Reynolds 2004Violated California Health and Safety Code Section 118950 (prohibits non-sale distribution of cigarettes on public grounds) by distributing free tobacco products outside of bars on the sidewalks of San Francisco
  • Superior Court decision

  • $60000 payment to the Public Health Foundation Enterprises for youth and young adult tobacco control advocacy efforts

  • $35000 for investigative costs

  • Required RJ Reynolds to notify the California Attorney General's Office of the site and date of planned bar promotions in the month prior to the sampling activity (through December 2005)

RJ Reynolds 2005Violated provisions of the MSA related to placement of advertisements in national magazines with a large youth readership
  • Stipulated court judgment (following successful appeal of permanent injunction and reversal of $20 million penalty)

  • $11.4 million in penalties

  • $5.8 million in attorneys fees and costs

  • Placed restrictions on the total gross number of impressions viewable by youth in youth-measured publications

RJ Reynolds 2006Violated California Health and Safety Code Section 118950 (prohibits non-sale distribution of cigarettes on public grounds) that occurred at six public events including the Pomona Raceway
  • Superior Court decision

  • $5 million payment

  • ‒$3.1 million civil penalties

  • ‒$900000 attorney fees and costs

  • ‒$1 million to Public Health Institute for training and education related to tobacco product promotion

USST 2007MSA violations related to a Skoal promotion at Hot Rod Association Drag Racing events where minors were allowed to compete
  • Superior Court decision

  • Required the Hot Rod Association to adopt a rule that prohibited youths under the age of 18 from participating in its drag racing events

  • $1.5 million payment in attorney fees and other costs

USST 2009Violated STMSA provisions that restrict brand name sponsorship which occurred at Professional Bull Riders events
  • Stipulated court judgment

  • Limited brand name sponsorship to events in a single national series of events

  • Permitted no more than three riders on a sponsored team

USST 2009Violated California Health and Safety Code Section 118950 (prohibits non-sale distribution of coupons for smokeless tobacco on public grounds) that occurred at Pomona Raceway
  • $150000 payment to the Public Health Institute for tobacco use prevention and cessation education related to products and tobacco brand name sponsorships

RJ Reynolds 2009Violated MSA provision related to the use of cartoons to advertise or promote cigarettes
  • Court judgment

  • Declaration that some images in Camel the Farm promotion were prohibited cartoons

  • State entitled to attorneys fees (amount to be determined; case still pending)