Tobacco Industry Documents:
an Introductory Handbook and
Resource Guide for Researchers
Ross MacKenzie, Jeff Collin and Kelley Lee
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Under the terms of the 1998 Minnesota Consent
Judgement and the Master Settlement Agreement, six leading international
tobacco companies were ordered to make millions of pages of their internal
documents available to public as the result of legal action taken by
American states. With the exception of BAT and the Liggett Group, the
companies were also required to post their documents on public websites
and to maintain these sites until 30 June, 2010.
Photo: Harley Stanton
The estimated 40 million pages in
the collections has disclosed, amongst many other insights, that the
industry has known about health risks associated with tobacco use for
years and has contrived to keep this information from the public.
The Handbook is designed as an introduction for those
interested in searching the online industry document collections. Among
the topics covered are a brief history of the industry documents, how
to search the online collections (with examples) and an extensive listing
of online resources including document-based publications, online information
sources and articles and reports on various aspects of tobacco control.
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