Digging into Tobacco Documents: Real Life Examples of How to Advance Tobacco Control (2012)

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This webinar demonstrates how tobacco control supporters can search industry documents at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)’s Legacy Tobacco Documents online library, and use them in their work.  The online collection of tobacco industry documents at the University of California, and several similar databases around the world, provide hard evidence for anyone interested in building a case for tobacco control laws and policies or facing legal challenges to tobacco control measures.   Searching these online documents may seem daunting, but as our 1.5 hour webinar will demonstrate, conducting this research is actually quite easy.  Tobacco control advocates, policymakers, attorneys, and the public at large can take advantage of the wealth of information contained in tobacco industry documents to identify common tobacco industry strategies and practices, and advance tobacco control.

We describe how to use the Consortium’s publication, The Verdict Is In, which contains findings from the historic U.S. v. Philip Morris civil racketeering case, to identify cited documents in the UCSF library. A library specialist at UCSF’s Industry Documents Digital Library demonstrates helpful online search techniques.  Finally, the Program Director of the Northern California Indian Development Council provides practical examples of how tobacco industry documents can be used in tobacco control advocacy and education.

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  • Maggie Mahoney, Deputy Director, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium
  • Rachel Taketa, Library Specialist, Industry Documents Digital Library, University of California, San Francisco
  • Lou Moerner, Program Director, Northern California Indian Development Council

Sponsored by the Public Health Law Center / Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.