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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/ >.

The Y-1 papers


The Autumn 1998 issue of Tobacco Control(1998;7:315–9) featured Todd Lewan’s Associated Press investigative report entitled, “Dark secrets of tobacco company exposed”. A website has been produced that is organised around this article, plus several other documents that provide additional background on the production of the high-nicotine tobacco plant code-named “Y-1” by Brown & Williamson.

Of particular interest are three sets of minutes of a secret meeting of BAT’s Tobacco Strategy Review Team. Along with an accompanying memo, these documents may prove useful in the US Justice Department’s criminal investigation of Brown & Williamson.

Graphics provided by the Associated Press include a Y-1 timeline, a pictorial of the human body showing how smoking harms it, and a global distribution map showing where Y-1 was grown, tested, and used throughout the world (figure 1).

Figure 1

The Y-1 world.

“Smoking Kills”—white paper


Smoking is the United Kingdom’s single greatest cause of preventable illness and early death. No surprise here.

With more than 120 000 people in the United Kingdom dying each year from smoking, plus annual costs of up to £1.7 billion, this white paper details a strategy that commits £100 million to a concerted effort of prevention, cessation, and help for those most affected by nicotine addiction.

Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health and the Secretaries of State for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, objectives include: a publicity campaign to shift attitudes and change …

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