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Minnesota settlement, documents in mind-boggling numbers, smoke-free Birmingham, fire-safe cigarettes, Surgeon General’s report, nicotine yields, cigars, Tasmania, and a Marlboro Gear spoof

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Web Watch follows issues relevant to tobacco control on the world wide web. The emphasis is on new sites or new features appearing on the web, including relevant URLs and short descriptions of the material. A web site is available featuring the URL links referenced in this column as well as those referenced in past columns; the URL for that site is: <∼jcannon/webwatch/ >.

Minnesota settlement

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Details of the historic settlement of the lawsuit by the Minnesota attorney general (AG) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota against the tobacco industry are available on the Minnesota AG’s website. Summary sheets entitled “At a glance”, “Overview”, “Truth”, “Health”, “Reform”, “Kids”, and “Money” have been prepared to assist the viewer in understanding various aspects of the settlement.

Unprecedented document discovery characterised the Minnesota case, and thousands of documents obtained by the plaintiffs in this litigation are publicly available—many of them online at sites maintained by the United States House of Representatives, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and even the tobacco industry (see below).

39 000 Documents released on 22 April 1998

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In a follow up to the last Web Watch column regarding the release of “more than 800 additional Liggett documents”, the Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives in the United States has released 39 000 more subpoenaed documents (figure 1) from the now-settled Minnesota lawsuit discussed above.

Figure 1

Web site for the subpoenaed documents of the Commerce Committee of the United States House of Representatives.

Figure 2

A poster from the national freephone (toll-free) Quitline service in the United Kingdom, as displayed on the Smoke Free Birmingham web site.

Subpoenaed from the Council for Tobacco Research, Brown and Williamson, Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds, Lorillard, and the Tobacco Institute after the companies refused to voluntarily turn them over, these documents are believed to be the …

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  • Web Watch is prepared by Jack Cannon. Send correspondence to jcannon{at}

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