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$804 MILLION RECEIVED IN TOBACCO SETTLEMENT

New York State and its local governments this month received more than $804 million in tobacco-settlement money -- the largest single payment made to the state under a settlement that ended numerous lawsuits filed nationwide against the tobacco industry, Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer said Thursday.

The state received $412 million, New York City got $214 million and the rest was divided among the state's 57 other counties, Spitzer's office said.

In 1998, tobacco companies agreed to pay $206 billion over 25 years in a "global master settlement agreement" with 46 states, the District of Columbia and certain territories.

The state received a total of $956 million in multiple payments in both 2002 and 2003. Since 1999, it has received more than $5.3 billion.

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