DESCRIPTION: (Applicant's Description)
Within the 'Marketing Tobacco to Youth:Evidence from Corporate Documents'
study, we have developed a system for indexing and abstracting the tobacco
industry documents, a system now being adopted by similar initiatives
worldwide. Presently, we have processed approximately 6,000 tobacco industry
documents and have made them available for public research through a
searchable Internet database at http://www.tobaccodocuments.org. This
database offers full subject access and comprehensive abstracts to facilitate
research of the tobacco industry documents.
In early 1999, the Council for Tobacco Research was subjected to corporate
dissolution as a result of the Minnesota Settlement Agreement. Its internal
documents, under the authority of the New York State Attorney General's
Office, have been transferred to the New York State Archives (NYSA); as have
the files of The Tobacco Institute (TI). These documents are not included in
the Minnesota Depository and are only accessible through the Archives in
Albany, N.Y. NYSA has been charged with developing a plan for permanent
storage and public access of the documents.
It is strongly anticipated that the CTR and TI files contain fIrst-hand
information regarding the tobacco industry's research and development
activities, promotional and legal strategies and once confidential
attorney-client files outlining the industry's plan of action against proposed
regulatory measures. Unfortunately, the CTR and TI records are currently
unindexed, preventing meaningful access to the collection. With neither
subject access nor comprehensive abstracts, the value of these collections as
a research tool for the public health community is significantly reduced.
This proposal outlines a plan to assist the New York State Archives in meeting
its charge of making the CTR and TI documents publicly accessible in a
fully-indexed and abstracted format. Our collaboration with the New York State
Archives will no doubt stimulate additional tobacco-related research.
Additionally, as part of this project, we will index and abstract
approximately one third of the Bliley collection of industry documents
(Tobacco Institute, Lorillard and Philip Morris documents), and collaborate
with additional public health researchers to index, abstract and evaluate the
industry documents related to packaging and pricing strategies. We strongly
anticipate that this collaboration will shed new light on I) the industry's
efforts at circumventing excise taxes, and 2) methods employed by the industry
to promote tobacco products through packaging. We anticipate that this
information will assist policy makers in evaluating current regulatory
measures to curtail tobacco usage.
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