Tobacco industry activity in Wisconsin

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Tobacco industry activity in Wisconsin

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In 1996, Wisconsin's attorney general, Jim Doyle, urged Wisconsin's governor to authorize a lawsuit against the tobacco industry, in which the state would accuse cigarette and smokeless tobacco makers of engaging in a conspiracy to "mislead, deceive and confuse Wisconsin residents about the health affects of tobacco and the addictiveness of nicotine." Doyle said he had enlisted the help of groups like the Wisconsin branch of the American Cancer Society and private law firms to help fund and lend expertise in the litigation, so the lawsuit would not cost Wisconsin taxpayers anything.[1]

Wisconsin eventually joined other states in the lawsuit, and in April, 1999, Medicaid recipients in Wisconsin joined a class-action lawsuit seeking a share of the settlement between the state and the tobacco industry. [2]

SourceWatch resources

External resources

Legacy Tobacco Documents Library: <tdo>search_term=Wisconsin confidential</tdo>


  1. Associated Press Doyle Urges State To Join Move Against Tobacco Industry Press release. November 25, 1996. 1 page. Philip Morris Bates No. 2077253637A
  2. Reuters Wisconsin residents seek share of tobacco settlement April 30, 1999. Bates No. 078786443B/6444