About American Legacy Foundation

Legacy was established in 1999 as part of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between the major tobacco companies, 46 US states, the District of Columbia and five US territories. The states requested that a portion of the money they received from the tobacco industry be used to establish and fund an organization primarily dedicated to studying and providing public education about the impact of tobacco in order to reduce its use and associated death and disease.

Legacy is that organization, and we continue to strive to live up to the standards inherent in this public trust. The following timeline outlines some of the accomplishments we’re most proud of.