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Making an Impact on Health Through Child Care

Few settings offer greater opportunity for improving our nation’s health than the child care environment. The experiences of early childhood, good and bad, lay the foundation for a lifetime. Non-parental child care settings provide a unique forum for shaping those experiences. A strategic approach, based on a holistic healthy child model, can draw on the power of law and policy to support children’s mental and emotional well-being, promote social development, mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences, and address fundamental social determinants of health.

Appellate Court Upholds New York City’s Salt Warning Law

In an important ruling protecting the role of state and local governments as America’s public health leaders, an appellate court has upheld New York City’s groundbreaking requirement that chain restaurants warn diners about menu items containing dangerous levels of salt. Under the law, chain restaurant menus must display a salt shaker warning icon alongside any menu offering containing more sodium than is recommended for consumption in an entire day. Amazingly, an estimated twenty percent of chain restaurant menu items contain more than a full day’s worth of salt. 

Trump Administration Delays New Federal Rules

On January 24, President Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus published a memorandum directing all executive branch agencies to withdraw all new rules and guidances that were awaiting publication in the Federal Register.

Public Health Groups Sue to Force FDA Action on Graphic Warnings

After years of waiting for the graphic warning labels for cigarettes mandated by the Tobacco Control Act, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Massachusetts Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Truth Initiative and three individual pediatricians filed a lawsuit against the FDA to force the agency to comply with

FDA Overruled By White House On Removing Flavored Cigars and E-Cigarette Liquids From The Market

“FDA Proposes Sweeping Restrictions on Menthol, Other Flavored Tobacco Products.” That should have been the headline when the FDA Center for Tobacco Products issued the final deeming rule last month. Newly released documents reveal that the FDA intended to boldly use its enforcement discretion to take newly-deemed products with any flavor other than tobacco off the market – including menthol. This would have included all flavored cigars and e-cigarette liquids.

Brief Filed in Support of NYC Restaurant Sodium Warnings

On January 5, 2016, The Public Health Law Center filed a friend-of-the court (amicus curiae) brief in support of New York City’s groundbreaking new rule requiring that fast food restaurants place salt shaker warning symbols next to menu items that are high in sodium. The brief, developed in collaboration with the Public Good Law Center and ChangeLab Solutions, was joined by a dozen other leading medical and public health organizations.

Important Appeals Court Decision Means FDA Now Free To Use Scientific Committee Recommendations on Menthol: R.J. Reynolds V. FDA

When the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act became law in 2009, giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products, it created a group of scientists called the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) to guide agency decision-making. The Act directed TPSAC to take up the issue of menthol tobacco products as its first order of business.

Smoke & Dope: Lessons from Tobacco Control for Marijuana Regulation

In a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers surveying e-cigarette use by Connecticut teens found that nearly one in five high school students who admit to using an electronic smoking device have also used it to vaporize cannabis or byproducts like hash oil and wax infused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive cannabis ingredient.

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