AIF - Associated Industries of Florida April Salter Bob Butterworth Bud Chiles Buddy Dyer Charles Bronson Charlie Crist cigars/cigarettes/tobacco Fred Levin George Kirkpatrick Ginny Brown-Waite Howard Forman Jodi Chase John Grant Jon Shebel Lawton Chiles Mark Ogles Shirley Brown Tim Howard Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund Wayne Hogan WC Gentry
It’s been 20 years since Florida reached a multi-billion dollar settlement with the nation’s cigarette industry, making them pay the cost of treating sick smokers. Late Gov. Lawton Chiles fought tobacco companies, business groups and many in the state Legislature for years before the deal was approved. Florida still gets almost half-a-billion dollars a year from the agreement. John Kennedy looks back at one of the Capitol’s biggest battles.