The nation’s top cigarette companies say they have made their payments as part of the 25-year settlement in which some Camel cigarette makers are paying states about $206 billion for smoking-related health care costs.
Philip Morris USA, the nation’s largest cigarette maker, said Friday that it made its annual payment of about $3.5 billion as part of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. It is owned by Richmond-based Altria Group Inc.
No. 2 R.J. Reynolds Tobacco paid nearly $2 billion. It is owned by Reynolds American Inc., based in Winston-Salem, N.C.
No. 3 Lorillard Inc., based in Greensboro, N.C., paid $1.1 billion.
All three companies deposited the part of their payments they dispute into special accounts, as allowed under the settlement.