In 1998, the Office of the Illinois Attorney General reached a landmark settlement with tobacco companies. The office filed suit in response to serious concerns about the tobacco industry's marketing practices and public deception regarding the health risks that cigarettes pose to consumers.
The suit sought compensation for the millions of dollars the state pays in tobacco-related medical expenses each year. The Master Settlement Agreement resulting from the suit also provides for restrictions on the advertising and promotional activities of tobacco companies, specifically prohibiting the targeting of youth by banning the use of cartoons and other practices designed to attract underage consumers.
The original suit was filed in November 1996. Illinois was the 16th state to file. The state's share of this unprecedented settlement amounts to $9.1 billion.
Attorney General Kwame Raoul in April 2022 announced Illinois received more than $804 million from tobacco manufacturers as part of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). In addition to receiving its annual MSA payment, more than $258 million, Illinois has also received more than $546 million tobacco manufacturers were recently required to release. The funding had previously been withheld from annual MSA payments to the state.
The Illinois Directory of Participating Manufacturers and the Directory of Compliant NPMs include brand styles that have been certified under the Cigarette Fire Safety Standard Act as well as brand families certified as being in compliance with the Tobacco Products Manufacturers' Escrow Enforcement Act of 2003. Adjustments to brand style information as requested by the Fire Marshal are documented in Illinois Directory Changes under the Cigarette Fire Safety Standard Act. Additions or deletions of a brand family will continue to be included in the ten day notices that are sent to Illinois licensed distributors.
The Illinois Directory of Participating Manufacturers and the Directory of Compliant NPMs are revised from time to time. Any questions regarding these Directories should be directed to the Office of Attorney General at 217-785-8541.
Notices to Distributors
2023 Notice to Distributors
2022 Notice to Distributors
2021 Notice to Distributors
2020 Notice to Distributors
2019 Notice to Distributors
2018 Notice to Distributors
2017 Notice to Distributors
2016 Notice to Distributors
2015 Notice to Distributors
PACT Act Information
Distributor Quarterly Mailings
These forms should be used when filing annual and/or quarterly certifications as required by Illinois law with the Attorney General’s office. An Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® is needed to view and print PDF documents available from this page. If you have any problems downloading any of these forms, please call the Tobacco Enforcement Bureau at 217-785-8541 for further assistance.
Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act
Fire Safety Standard Act
Statutes and Rules
Disclaimer: The Illinois Compiled Statutes provisions were taken from the Illinois General Assembly website and are subject to the same disclaimer posted at: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs.asp
- Escrow Act 30 ILCS 168
- Escrow Enforcement Act of 2003 30 ILCS 167
- Criminal Offenses Act 720 ILCS 685
- Prevention of Cigarette Sales to Minors Act 720 ILCS 678
- Smoke Free Illinois Act 410 ILCS 82
- Cigarette Fire Safety Standard Act 425 ILCS 8
Illinois Department of Revenue Information
For further information please contact the Illinois Department of Revenue's Alcohol, Tobacco and Fuel Division at 217-782-6045.
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