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Updated 12/21/2011, 2:30 pm
The three largest tobacco companies in the U.S. have agreed to pay $6.9 million for UCSF's Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, an online collection of internal tobacco company documents first launched in 2002.
According to the agreement, Philip Morris USA, its parent Altria Group, R.J. Reynolds, and Lorillard Tobacco Company will also provide public access to all of the documents produced in the United States' landmark 2006 civil racketeering case against the companies. The documents reveal how the tobacco industry deliberately deceived the public about smoking's health effects. The companies are required to make available documents from all smoking and health litigation until 2021.
The $6.9 million will be used to complete indexing of documents, as well as to improve access to the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. Staff support and infrastructure for the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library is provided by the UCSF Library.