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The Tobacco Industry Documents. What they are, what they tell us and how to search them. A Practical Manual (2nd Edition)

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    A SUMMARY OF THIS MANUAL AND SUGGESTIONS FOR ITS USE This is a manual about the tobacco industry documents released by US-based tobacco companies as a result of lawsuits filed against them in the USA. It may be used by persons with many interests: • those simply wanting to know more about the subject • those who would like to understand the mechanics of searching the documents without necessarily conducting searches themselves • those who would like to learn, or sharpen, the skills needed to do a search. The manual comes in the following sections. Readers may pick and choose according to their interests: • an historical introduction: what the documents tell us about the behaviour and knowledge of the tobacco industry over the past 50 years; examples of quotes found in the documents; and how the documents have been used by tobacco-control advocates, international civil servants, academic researchers, journalists, legislators, policy-makers and lawyers; • a listing of where tobacco industry documents may be found on the Internet; and a catalogue of collections of individual documents gathered by researchers on specifi c topics—such as nicotine and cigarette chemistry, marketing to youth, advertising, etc.—and where they may be found on the Internet • a thorough explanation of how researchers extract information from the documents • a step-by-step exercise based on an actual case to show the strategy of a successful search. The manual also provides useful information in its annexes: • an inventory of publications, based on original research into the documents (complete as of July 2004) • for those intending to publish their research, a standard format for providing a reference to each document described • a useful compendium of Internet addresses for a broad range of sources on tobacco-related information around the world—news, data, statistics, cigarette company web sites, etc.

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    Paper provided by Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, UC San Francisco in its series University of California at San Francisco, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education with number qt791460pm.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jan 2004
    Handle: RePEc:cdl:ctcres:qt791460pm
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