|11 June 2001
Dear Mr. Clark:
The Federal Trade Commission annual reports regarding advertising and sales of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco are of great value to the Missouri Department of Health. The reports are used to garner information regarding the tobacco industry for compiling newsletters, fact sheets, e-updates (monthly reports on hot topics regarding the tobacco industry), press releases, and other various reports that are disseminated to contractors, legislators, and the public through various venues.
A research analyst with the Missouri Department of Healths Bureau of Health Promotion recently surveyed the staff regarding whether the FTC should continue to collect and publish data regarding cigarette and smokeless tobacco sales, advertising, and promotion. This unit oversees tobacco use prevention activities for the Department. The responses include:
It was a consensus that annual reporting is sufficient. In the future, we would like the inclusion of tables and charts to the report, accessible in Access or Excel, that compare states to improve visual appeal and use for the report.
In conclusion our agency has found the reports to be very useful and we disseminate this information to a wide variety of Missouri organizations and individuals with whom we partner to carry out our tobacco use prevention efforts. We hope that the FTC continues to issue this report.
Bernard R. Malone, M.P.A., Director
cc: Marianne Ronan