Tobacco Industry Documents and the African American Community

Joint Project of  
The National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and
The University of Dayton School of Law

 

  Tobacco Industry Documents

 

 

 Web-based libraries house millions of tobacco industry documents, thousands of which reveal the countless efforts of tobacco companies to lure African American consumers and win their support of industry products, promotions, and financial contributions. Though many African American tobacco control and policy advocates are aware of the various document libraries available, few have the time, or resources to support staff dedicated to conducting the extensive searches required to retrieve information specific to community health and policy interests.

Through a partnership with the University of Dayton Law School and the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN), countless web-based tobacco industry documents are being purged to produce an online library of industry documents focused on African Americans. Law students under the supervision of Professor Vernellia Randall  will carry out the research of industry documents and manage the clearinghouse.

Our hope is to provide an online library for purposes including academic research, investigative journalism, advocacy campaigns, education, and awareness for national, state, or community program managers, grassroots organizers, advocates in ethnic networks, and community-based organizations.            

The community ability’s to access these documents is critical.  These documents can provide a powerful resource to tobacco control advocates engaged in community awareness and education, policy initiatives, and prevention and cessation efforts. From our own use of the tobacco industry documents, we have found the messages within the documents to be insightful, alarming, and even empowering.  We expect that they will have a similar impact on the communities who are able to access them through our online library.

 

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 10/14/2005

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Professor Vernellia R. Randall
The University of Dayton School of Law
300 College Park 
Dayton, OH 45469-2772
Email: Race.mail@notes.udayton.edu

 

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