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Friday, December 5, 2014

Over 47,000 New Documents Added

47,823 new Philip Morris documents were added to LTDL this week.  A majority of these were previously "confidential" on our site but were recently de-designated by the company and made publicly available. 

Also, just a friendly reminder to try out the new beta site at: 
We are constantly incorporating not only fixes and new features but your feedback as well so please let us know what you like and dislike about the site.  And if you haven't taken the survey yet, please do so (link is at the top of the page on the beta site).

Friday, November 7, 2014

New LTDL Site Now in Beta Release

For the past year we have been developing a new LTDL with expanded functionality and an updated look.  This new LTDL is now accessible alongside a new Drug Industry Documents Archive (DIDA) and both are found within the Industry Documents Digital Library portal.  This means all industry archives can now be searched individually or together under one umbrella.

There are two ways to access LTDL beta  -

2)  From the current LTDL site, there is a link to beta in the top banner as well as a pop up invitation.

To get a head start on navigating the new site, you might want to watch the tutorials, also accessible from the Tutorial Videos link at the bottom of each page. 
While we are in beta, we hope as many users as possible will try out the new site, play around with the search functionality and new features, and provide feedback through the survey link located at the top of every page.  We need to know what you like and dislike about the new site in order to make it even better.

As we roll out new features, such as logins for personal accounts, we will announce them here so watch this space and stay tuned!

7000+ New Tobacco Documents Added

7,180 new tobacco documents were added to the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.  The breakdown is as follows:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Margaret Thatcher as Tobacco Industry Consultant

Seven (7) new papers and reports using tobacco industry documents have been added to the Tobacco Documents Bibliography.  Publications include a case study of the DSM's tobacco use disorder,  community norms surrounding tobacco sales, and an analysis of the retail impact of raising the tobacco sales age to 21. 

Bibliography Highlight:

Petticrew M, Krishnaratne S. The Fag Lady, revisited: Margaret Thatcher's efforts on behalf of the tobacco industry. Public Health 2014(0).

The authors investigate former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's roll as consultant for the tobacco industry following her resignation from office. The documents in the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library offer the opportunity to not only explore her work for Philip Morris on issues including advertising bans, lowering of tobacco tariffs in EEC countries, reducing tobacco taxes, and anti-tobacco programs, but to more broadly assess how the industry seeks to influence and use elected and former public officials. Studies have shown the tobacco industry places great value on former senior politicians, specifically their 'insider knowledge' which can be employed to gain access to and influence other policymakers on industry's behalf.

 A few key documents from LTDL:

"When she was in power of the UK, she became somewhat more reasonable in the latter part of her term towards excise
taxes on cigarettes. Excise tax in Australia has been a big problem for us, especially states license fees. There may be a change in the federal government there in the next twelve months, and it would be helpful if she thought she could influence a new Liberal (means conservative) government to exercise restraint on excise taxes given her experience in the UK." (PM, 1992)
"The most detailed advice on how to use Mrs. Thatcher was in relation to Czechoslovakia, to help persuade Czech ministers against selling off Tabak S.A., the state-run tobacco monopoly...This being our number 1 priority, we feel that Mrs. Thatcher could be of help in talking mainly to Mr. Klaus, the present Minister of Finance, and to other politicians in Czechoslovakia, to assure that Tabak S.A. not be broken up and sold off by individual factory, as has been suggested by some of our competitors." (PM 1991)

Mrs. Thatcher's travel and report for Philip Morris
on China in 1992 (PM 1992)

"Philip Morris is pleased to pledge an annual contribution of $250,000 to the Margaret Thatcher Foundation for a three-year period...The specific projects to be funded in whole or in part by our contribution will be the subject of discussion between Philip Morris and officers of the Foundation, and application of our contribution to any specific project will require prior approval by Philip Morris."  (PM 1992)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tobacco Documents Research - Graphic Health Warning Labels in India

Four (4) new papers and reports using tobacco industry documents have been added to the Tobacco Documents Bibliography.  Publications include an analysis of health preemption and trade agreements, transparency as a remedy for industry fraud, graphic health warning labels in India, and the tobacco industry in Poland. 

Bibliography Highlight:

Sankaran S, Hiilamo H, Glantz SA. Implementation of graphic health warning labels on tobacco products in India: the interplay between the cigarette and the bidi industries. Tobacco Control 2014 Jun 20.

The authors examine the interaction between cigarette companies, domestic bidi companies and public health groups that eventually led to rotating graphic health warning labels on cigarettes, bidis and smokeless tobacco in December 2011. India illustrates how lobbying by multinational tobacco companies and producers of local forms of tobacco blocked these warning labels for years, and how tobacco control advocates finally overcame this barrier through innovative use of public interest litigation and the Right to Information Act.

A few key documents from LTDL:

Letter from BAT's regional operations director to the British High Commission in New Delhi asking the British government to urge India to allow tobacco companies to implement voluntary health warning labels and marketing restrictions instead of binding legal requirements (BAT 1994)

In 1996, the cigarette companies proposed a voluntary code
to the Ministry of Commerce that included health warning labels and mild marketing restrictions.
In 1999, the Tobacco Institute of India, the cigarette companies’ lobbying organization, made the same proposal to the Ministry of Commerce. Neither voluntary code specified the size or content of the warnings.
(BAT 1999)
(BAT 1996)

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Dutch Tobacco Industry Documents

Over 1100 documents were added to the Dutch Tobacco Industry Special Collection (previously known as the Joop Bouma collection).   These are documents obtained from the Dutch Government through two large Freedom of Information Act requests in 2000 and in 2011 and given to the Library by Joop Bouma and Maastricht University. The documents expose influence-peddling in the government and media by cigarette companies, as well as behind-the-scenes deals surrounding the tobacco industry in the Netherlands, the largest cigarette exporter in the European Union. See the June 2013 Maastricht University press release for further information on the analysis of the documents. Most documents are in Dutch.

In addition, 19,675 documents were added to the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library including:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Collection of Graphic and Pictorial Health Warning Labels posted to LTDL

A project of the University of Waterloo's Tobacco Labelling Resource Centre, the Health Warning Labels collection contains images of health warning labels from a variety of countries, including pictorial warnings that have been implemented on packs and a number of images that have been developed for pilot testing and market research.  Within the collection, you can also search by country (For example - ct:Australia) as well as by description text to narrow down your results.

Watch UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education's Stan Glantz talk about the importance of health warning labels and the evidence of their efficacy - "What the Tobacco Companies Didn't Warn you About"