Corporate & Regulatory Affairs
Food & Drug Administration
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Master Settlement Agreement – MSA
ITG Brands and its affiliate Commonwealth Brands, Inc were never named in any lawsuit by any state. However, they voluntarily chose to join the Master Settlement Agreement as “Subsequent Participating Manufacturers” or “SPMs” even though they had not been sued. ITG Brands and Commonwealth Brands were among the first SPMs to join the Agreement. When they joined the MSA, ITG Brands and Commonwealth agreed to make certain annual payments to the MSA states based on their sales and to abide by the MSA’s advertising and marketing restrictions, which are designed to reduce youth smoking.
To date, ITG Brands and Commonwealth have paid more than $2 billion dollars to the states under the MSA, and have fully complied with all other provisions of the agreement, specifically including the restrictions on marketing and advertising. To view the complete Master Settlement Agreement, please click on www.naag.org.
Youth Access Prevention
ITG Brands’ officers and employees are encouraged to identify methods to reduce youth access and the incidence of youth consumption of tobacco products. We manage our business affairs in accordance with the Master Settlement Agreement and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration regulations, and we comply fully with all applicable marketing and advertising restrictions. We are committed to comply with each and every regulatory provision and we believe that the goal of reducing youth smoking is a critical part of those agreements and regulations.
We reduce the impact of our day-to-day activities on the environment by:
- Favoring the use of renewable materials while continuing to meet our customer expectations and consumer preferences.
- Modifying our own behavior to reduce our impact on the environment by reducing waste, cutting out unnecessary travel, saving water and energy.
- Ensuring unavoidable waste is reused, recycled or disposed of in a responsible way.
- Reporting all spills or unusual emissions to the air or water to our line manager or local Health, Safety and Environment advisor.
We must not ignore or accept any suspected or known violations of our Occupational Health, Safety and the Environment Policy.
Responsible Advertising and Marketing
Our marketing standards take precedence except in those rare situations where local law demands a higher standard.
We also ensure that all agencies or other parties, engaged to support our marketing or promotional activities, are contractually required to comply with the local law and our marketing standards.
All operating environments and markets have defined procedures in place to ensure compliance with our marketing standards.
As a responsible advertiser and marketer, we:
- Always make sure our marketing efforts are directed at an adult smoker and respect our advertising policy and marketing standards.
- Illustrate and describe our products in a fair and honest way that will not mislead consumers.
- Ensure all claims we make are true and can be substantiated.
We do not advertise or market our products to those under 18 years old. This includes the use of images or other content which could be perceived as being attractive to minors.