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After more than five years of litigation, federal prosecutors reduced their demands in their racketeering case against Philip Morris and its parent company, Altria Group, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Brown & Williamson Tobacco, British American Tobacco, Lorillard Tobacco, Liggett Group, Counsel for Tobacco Research-USA, and the Tobacco Institute.

Many analysts expressed surprise at the Bush administration’s lack of zeal in following up its initial request that the tobacco industry fund a 25-year, $130 billion smoking-cessation program. Instead, the government’s attorneys suggested a five-year, $10 billion program, along with educational campaigns, reductions in youth smoking rates, and restrictions on practices such as price discounts and in-store displays.

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