NC receives $211M in cigarette lawsuit payments

NC receives $211M in cigarette lawsuit payments

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A cigarette sits in an ashtray at the Red Key Taven in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 11, 2009. The U.S. Senate voted Thursday on legislation that for the first time would give the new powers to control the production and marketing of tobacco products. South Carolina has the lowest state sales tax on cigarettes in the country. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 26 at 5:51 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's annual share of payments from top cigarette companies paying for smoking-related health care costs is $211 million. 

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper notified Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders on Friday how much money was going to state coffers and the Golden LEAF Foundation, which politicians established to help tobacco-growing regions transition their economies. 

North Carolina has received more than $1 billion in the past decade under the agreement 20 states negotiated with Big Tobacco 15 years ago.  

Winston-Salem-based R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. paid $1.8 billion this year for the second-largest cigarette company's share.  

Greensboro-based Lorillard Inc. paid $900 million this year.
 

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