Tobacco Industry Document Research

On this page are links to analysis and reviews of tobacco industry documents.  Most of these documents were made available as a result of court actions in the United States - some became available as a result of Canadian court proceedings.

If you are looking for tobacco industry documents, an excellent starting point is Tobacco Documents Online.  Links to other sites can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Plot Against Plain Packaging.  How multinational tobacco companies colluded to use trade arguments they knew were phony to oppose plain packaging. And how health ministers in Canada and Australia fell for their chicanery

In printable PDF version

The History of the Canadian Safer Cigarette Program.  Reducing Harm or Increasing Profits? 

In printable PDF version

Behind the Scenes:  How the Canadian Tobacco Companies promoted 'ventilation' solutions to avoid restrictions on second-hand smoke.  February 2002.

In HTML with links to original documents,
or printable PDF version

Manipulation:  The Story of Imperial Tobacco and Its Cigarettes.  From tobacco industry documents, a story of the research agenda of BAT and Imperial Tobacco. This paper, the first of our analysis of industry strategies, was written in October 1999.

download PDF file     html version.
related press release and background materials

From Montreal to Minnesota.  The little-known story of the first release of tobacco industry documents in a Canadian court - and the impact that had years later in the land-mark Minnesota trial. October 1999.

download PDF file

Elasticity and Canadian Cigarettes.  An analysis of smoke-yields from Canadian cigarettes showing that the most popular brands are 'elastic' -- they yield more nicotine and tar to the smoker.  June 2001.

HTML with links to documents

World No Tobacco Day 2000 Forum on Tobacco Industry Documents.  A workshop hosted by Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada and Health Canada presented several papers on industry stories.  Copies of the documents cited in these papers can be obtained by contacting us:

Public Issues

25 Golden Years of 'Constructive Dialogue'
The Canadian Tobacco Manufacturer's Council
1962 - 1987


Selling Smokes to Starters
Market Research by Canadian Tobacco Companies

The Story of Player's Light
How Canada's most popular cigarette was targeted to young smokers.

Tobacco Promotions Appealing to Male Youths in Canada
Positioning Cigarettes as Symbols of Masculinity, Independence, Rebelliousness, Excitement and Adventure

Getting the Pack to Speak for Itself
Cigarette Packaging in the Face of Restrictions on Advertising


Cigarette Design

Tales of Toxic Tobacco
BAT research on the harmful properties of smoke

No Holy Grail
The Canadian Search for a Less Harmful Cigarette
From Lights to Brighter Lights
The Re-engineering of Canadian Cigarettes


Tobacco Industry Web-sites