Tobacco Industry

Accepting Funds from the Tobacco Industry: CDC Guidance For Collaboration with the Private Sector
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health (CDC-OSH). Decisions about whether to accept money directly from the tobacco industry to implement youth tobacco prevention programs have sparked controversy and divisiveness among those committed to preventing tobacco use. This document contains the CDC’s criteria and guidance for collaboration with the private sector in order to assist national, state and local agencies. Other CDC guidance documents on collaboration with the private sector are available here.

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"A Deadly Alliance": How Big Tobacco and convenience stores partner to market tobacco products and fight life-saving policies
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association. This report details the aggressive concentration of tobacco marketing at the point of sale and its impact on tobacco use, especially among kids. This report also discusses tobacco companies’ mobilization of convenience stores and other tobacco retailers in opposing policy changes like tobacco taxes and limits to tobacco marketing at the point of sale.

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FTC reports on tobacco marketing expenditures
Federal Trade Commission. The FTC is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC website includes both consumer alerts and business guidance documents and reports. Since 1967, the Federal Trade Commission (“the Commission”) has prepared a series of reports on cigarette sales, advertising, and promotion. Similar reports on smokeless tobacco have been prepared since 1987.

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Tobacco Control Archives
University of California, San Francisco, Library and Center for Knowledge Management. The Tobacco Control Archives is a central, organized source of information which serves to collect, preserve, and provide access to papers, unpublished documents and electronic resources relevant to tobacco control issues primarily in California. A subsection of the archives, the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, contains millions of pages of previously secret tobacco industry documents that were obtained through the legal discovery process for the lawsuits against the major tobacco companies by the state attorneys general.

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Tobacco Documents Online
As part of the Master Settlement Agreement between the states and the tobacco companies, the industry was required to make the documents used during the trials available. The Tobacco Documents Online (TDO) website offers powerful searching of these documents across all the companies, access to high-quality images, OCR (documents converted from an image to text), and the ability to collect and annotate documents. The tools here have been built for document researchers, and are available to the public.

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Tobacco Industry Tracking Database
American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. The Tobacco Industry Tracking Database is a collection of information on the activities of the tobacco industry and its allies. A variety of documents are included: reports, surveys, research studies, correspondence, mainstream newspaper articles, journal and trade magazine articles, political advertising, press releases, tobacco industry direct mail and promotional packets, and internal tobacco industry documents.

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Tobacco Products Wiki
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This wiki is maintained with information and images of novel tobacco products.

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Tobacco Scam: How Big Tobacco uses and abuses the restaurant industry
University of California, San Francisco. This project targets what it calls a twenty-year, multi-million dollar effort by the tobacco industry to manipulate the restaurant industry as a political front to defeat local and state smokefree measures and to protect tobacco sales worldwide. This site counters the tobacco industry’s arguments against smokefree policies, and includes printable copies of the campaign’s print ads.

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Tobacco’s Dirty Tricks
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. This section of the ANR website is devoted to Big Tobacco’s dirty tricks. The resources at this site are categorized into the following sections: Industry Front Groups & Allies; Industry Tactics & Strategies; Industry Sponsored Research; and Big Tobacco Exposed.

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Trinkets & Trash: Artifacts of the Tobacco Epidemic
TheTrinkets and Trash Collection contains current and historic examples of tobacco products, promotional items, tobacco marketing materials and advertising. Easily searchable, high-quality digital images from the collection are available to public health practitioners and the general public. These downloadable images can be used to enhance presentations about the tobacco industry’s long history of inventive and seductive marketing and promotion. T&T also works to keep tobacco prevention practitioners up to date with images of the latest products and marketing tactics employed by the industry.

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See also: National Association of Attorneys General, National Conference of State Legislatures

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Last updated 2/18/13