WASHINGTON--More of those long-secret tobacco industry documents that
have come to light as the result of recent lawsuits will be coming to
a website near you. President Clinton has ordered the Department of
Health and Human Services (HHS) to take the steps necessary for
making the documents more accessible to the public.
He also ordered the Justice Department to file a brief supporting the
State of Minnesotas efforts to win the public release of a
comprehensive index to tobacco company documents created by the
industry for use during the states lawsuit against Big Tobacco.
HHS will prepare a plan for reviewing the documents and making them
available in an index or digest form that people can search easily
and that will be widely disseminated.