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Monday, December 04, 2017

Recent papers showing Tobacco Industry influence in peer-reviewed journals and the ADA

Two recently published journal articles made extensive use of the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents to shed light on the industry's influence in regulatory policy and scholarship:

  • Velicer,C.;St Helen,G.;Glantz,S.A. Tobacco papers and tobacco industry ties in regulatory toxicology and pharmacology. Journal of Public Health Policy. 2017 November.

    The authors examined the relationship between the tobacco industry and the journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (RTP) using the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Library and internet sources. They determined the funding relationships, and categorized the conclusions of all 52 RTP papers on tobacco or nicotine between January 2013 and June 2015, as "positive", "negative" or "neutral" for the tobacco industry. RTP's editor, 57% (4/7) of associate editors and 37% (14/38) of editorial board members had worked or consulted for tobacco companies. Almost all (96%, 50/52) of the papers had authors with tobacco industry ties. Seventy-six percent (38/50) of these papers drew conclusions positive for industry; none drew negative conclusions. The two papers by authors not related to the tobacco industry reached conclusions negative to the industry (p < .001). These results call into question the confidence that members of the scientific community and tobacco product regulators worldwide can have in the conclusions of papers published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology.

  • van der Eijk,Y.;Glantz,S.A. Tobacco industry attempts to frame smoking as a 'disability' under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. PLoS One 2017 Nov 27;12(11):e0188188

    Using the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Library and Congressional records, the authors examined the tobacco industry's involvement with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). During legislative drafting of the ADA (1989-1990), the Tobacco Institute, the tobacco industry's lobbying and public relations arm at the time, worked with industry lawyers and civil rights groups to include smoking in the ADA's definition of "disability." Focus was on smoking as a perceived rather than actual disability so that tobacco companies could maintain that smoking is not addictive. Language that would have explicitly excluded smoking from ADA coverage was weakened or omitted. Tobacco Institute lawyers did not think the argument that smokers are "disabled" would convince the courts, so in the two years after the ADA was signed into law, the Tobacco Institute paid a lawyer to conduct media tours, seminars, and write articles to convince employers that hiring only non-smokers would violate the ADA. The ultimate goal of these activities was to deter employers from promoting a healthy, tobacco-free workforce and, more broadly, to promote the social acceptability of smoking.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

22,000+ Confidential Philip Morris Records Released and New Drug Industry Collections

23,240 new documents posted to the UCSF Industry Documents Library today!
This includes:
2 New Drug Industry Documents collections:
Thursday, October 19, 2017

11K Confidential Tobacco Documents Released to the Public

11,801 new documents were added to the UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents archive today:

**Please note: To view the set of documents that were once confidential but have been released to the public, click on 'formerly confidential' in the Facets panel under 'Availability' on the left side of the results screen.

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Bibliography Update:
2 new papers added to the Tobacco Documents Bibliography

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Industry Documents Library Bibliography reaches 1000!

The UCSF Industry Documents Library Bibliography reached its 1000th citation this September 2017. The IDL Bibliography is a running list of papers, publications and posts that utilize our Tobacco Industry, Drug Industry and Chemical Industry Documents as primary source materials. See what others have already written; consult the Bibliography first before delving into any new research project.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thousands of confidential tobacco documents released

16,086 new tobacco documents were posted to the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents today. Most of these were previously confidential and have been released this month to the public.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Over 1800 New Tobacco Documents Posted

1858 new tobacco industry documents were added to the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents today. These include:
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Bibliography Update
6 new papers and publications have been added to the Tobacco Documents Bibliography, a growing list of research using the documents as a primary source.
Friday, July 28, 2017

More Tobacco Depositions and Trial Transcripts Posted

118 new documents posted in our Depositions and Trial Transcripts collection (DATTA) - these include expert witness testimony and depositions of historian Robert N. Proctor, PhD., as well as trial transcripts from 2017 Engle Progeny tobacco litigation.

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