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Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

30K more confidential documents now public

30,086 new documents were added to the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Over 16,000 previously confidential documents released

16,949 previously confidential documents from RJ Reynolds were released onto the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library last week!

In addition, the Industry Documents Digital Library (IDDL) site, a portal to our industry archives such as LTDL and DIDA, has moved out of beta and you will note the change in the URL -

Please provide us with any and all feedback on the new site - what's working for you and what's not - by clicking the "Feedback" link in the footer.

**IDDL will replace the old LTDL and DIDA sites after June 2015 so if you have any issues, speak now so we can address them.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Big Tobacco and the threat of Islamic opposition to smoking

Twelve (12) new publications have been added to the Tobacco Documents Bibliography. Subjects include the marketing of Virginia Slims cigarettes overseas, the food industry's ties to Big Tobacco, US Military tobacco control policy, and smoking and mental illness.

Article Highlight

Petticrew M, Lee K, Ali H, Nakkash R. 'Fighting a Hurricane': Tobacco Industry Efforts to Counter the Perceived Threat of Islam. American Journal of Public Health 2015 04/16; 2015/04:e1-e7.

The documents reviewed by the authors suggest that the tobacco industry perceived Islamic opposition to smoking as a threat to its business from the 1970s onward.  Among the tactics used by Big Tobacco: framing Islamic objections to tobacco use as extremism and portraying  tobacco control advocates as extremists.  The industry monitored debates on Islam and tobacco and recruited Islamic scholars and leaders as consultants to try to portray smoking as acceptable.  Tobacco companies also sought to market tobacco use as an expression of freedom, especially among women.

Key Documents from LTDL:

1979 speech by Horace Kornegay, president of the Tobacco Institute to the American Jewish Committee states: "In 1906, an Iranian Ayatollah decreed that smoking was against Islamic purity. Overnight, cigarettes disappeared from the entire country. In 1977, Ayatollah Califano declared a holy war against tobacco: He is gone, but his mullahs remain and so does much of his battle plan of segregation and prohibition. (PM, 1979)

"[t]he possibility that religious fundamentalism will have an impact on our profitable Gulf markets.
Fundamentalism could have a wider significance than just the Gulf since anti-smoking zeal is not just limited to Islam. . . Mormons, Catholics, Jews and other sects have expressed strong anti-smoking feelings in the U.S. and a Corporate response to religion and smoking may be worth pursuing" (PM 1985)

"work to develop a system . . . [to] measure trends on the issue of Smoking and Islam. Identify
Islamic religious leaders who oppose interpretations of the Qur’an which would ban the use of tobacco and encourage support for these leaders" (B&W, 1983)

BAT consultant Bedros Kazandjian states, "I have, on several occasions, stopped official Government
booklets being published as a means of informing the people about the relationship between smoking and certain verses of the Koran. . .  [O]nce the religious aspect is conveyed to the public at large it will be very difficult to reverse the situation with any means." (BAT, 1987)

A presentation from 2000 prepared by the industry law firm Shook, Hardy, and Bacon gave an overview of the background to Islam and smoking with slides stating there is no prohibition on smoking in the Qur-an and that “making rules beyond what Allah has allowed is a sin in
itself.”  (BAT, 2000)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thousands more "previously confidential" documents released on LTDL

91,574 new documents were added to the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library last week.  The breakdown is as follows:

  • 64,313 documents from Philip Morris - most of these were previously confidential and now public
  • 29,986 documents from RJ Reynolds - most of these were previously confidential and now public

In addition, we have been busy adding more content to the site including a 'Popular Documents' section that highlights sets of documents in certain subject areas such as targeted marketing and smoking in movies.  Users can now view the slideshow right from the page or download it as a PowerPoint presentation for future use/reference.

Our Popular Video and Popular Audio pages showcase selected multimedia from our collections and our Popular Presentations area is home to some wonderful webinars and podcasts created by researchers using the tobacco documents.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Food safety scientists have ties to Big Tobacco: 'Hired guns' tasked with overseeing approval of additives

The Center for Public Integrity dug into the tobacco documents for their investigative report on food scientists and their ties to the tobacco industry, posted April 15, 2015. 

Food companies repeatedly utilize a handful of scientists to determine whether new food additives can be deemed “generally recognized as safe,” (GRAS).   No surprise, several of these scientists did similar work for the tobacco companies. 

The scientists who review a new food additive to determine if it’s “generally recognized as safe” have the final word on that ingredient and its use. Once the panel of experts deems a new additive GRAS, it can go into foods that end up on supermarket shelves, with no notice to or review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  This effectively circumvents a rigorous government safety review. 

A look at a few key documents from the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library:

Borzelleca “has been secured by the tobacco industry to represent our position” during discussions with the Department of Health and Human Services regarding cigarette additives.

"If scientific issues are raised that Covington & Burling is not in a position to address, we might also call on our scientific consultants, who could respond to specific questions or make themselves available for interviews if appropriate. We currently expect that Dr. Borzelleca will be our main spokesman."

Borzelleca served on the Philip Morris Scientific Advisory Board where his colleagues included Michael Pariza, Steve Taylor and William Waddell.  According to CPI, these scientists are among the top 15 most contracted experts for safety assessments of ingredients added to food.


GRAS panelist A. Wallace Hayes also served as an executive for RJR Nabisco, where he worked on both tobacco and food safety issues. A 1990 RJR performance record notes one of his objectives was to “increase our knowledge base regarding the role of nicotine/cotinine in smoking enjoyment/satisfaction.”

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Do You Use Bates Numbers In Your Search? Have 15 minutes to Test the Industry Documents Digital Library site?

If you’re an LTDL or DIDA user that searches with, pays attention to, and/or browses by Bates numbers, we’d love your help testing out a feature of the new site -

You'll take a short, self-directed test from the comfort of your own computer in exchange for a $10 Starbucks gift card (and the warm, fuzzy feeling of helping to make our new site as useful and usable as possible).

We’ve partnered with UserTesting to record your feedback as you browse the new site.

    •   Please go to the following URL to start the test:

    •   You’ll be asked to download a small piece of software to record your test

    ◦   This is a small, safe program that should launch after the download has finished

    ◦   It will only record your screen and voice during this testing session, not your face, and you can uninstall it when the test is finished

    ◦   Your whole screen will be captured, so please collapse any sensitive windows

    •   Once you’ve started recording, it’s very important that you end your recording before 60 minutes is up (but it won’t take nearly that long, we promise). Unfortunately, if you go past 60 minutes your video will be lost

Please let us know if you have any trouble, and have fun!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

LTDL - New Search Features and Countdown to Site Launch

We are excited to announce the launch of an updated version of our newly redesigned Industry Documents Digital Library (IDDL) application!

This updated release includes a new look as well as new content pages and new features.  This release also starts the countdown to the retirement of the current LTDL/DIDA sites in June 2015 so if you have not begun using the beta site, now is the time!

*Just a reminder: You can search across industry archives (LTDL and DIDA) from the main IDDL portal - or head right to the specific industry -
Tobacco = OR
Drug =

New Content Pages:
Each industry archive now has its own set of Collection, Research Tools and Help pages.  Here you will find resources such as collection descriptions for each industry archive, links to the publications/papers written using documents, fields you can use in your search and citation information.

New "Actions" menu: 
This menu houses all actions for the document in question: Save the record to your "Bookmark" area, download the PDF and associated attachments,  download the citation information, view all metadata in the record, and email the document to yourself and/or others.

Please let us know how these new features are working or not working for you.  You can submit feedback through either the survey link at the top of the screen or the Ask Us form under Help.   We are confident users will find the new site has all that LTDL and DIDA had and so much more but your input will assist us in making it even better.