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Health Agencies Update
December 15, 1999

Tobacco Documents Unveiled

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JAMA. 1999;282(23):2201. doi:10.1001/jama.282.23.2201-JHA90010-3-1

What did the tobacco companies know about the health effects of smoking and when did they know it?

Answers to these questions and many others pertaining to the health effects of tobacco and other tobacco-related issues can be found on a new Web site (http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco) developed and coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The site, described by CDC Director Jeffrey Koplan, MD, as "a treasure trove of information for many different audiences," was created to make tobacco industry documents about the health consequences of tobacco use, tobacco product additives, the effects of tobacco product designs, and other topics more accessible to researchers and the public.

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