The evidence is clear: menthol in tobacco products is a public health risk. Menthol encourages youth to smoke, makes it harder for smokers to quit and is disproportionately marketed to African Americans and other targeted populations. After years of federal inaction, local policy solutions to the problem of menthol are gaining momentum across North America. Join us for an overview of local menthol tobacco restrictions in Canadian provinces and American cities. This webinar provides an update on the Canadian menthol tobacco legislation, as well as the latest on local U.S.
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Finding a year-round supply of fresh, local produce can be a challenge for communities across Kansas. Using season extension strategies to extend the growing season can help local farmers and gardeners provide a consistent supply of their crops beyond the traditional outdoor growing season. KC Healthy Kids and the Public Health Law Center are excited to announce the release of a new resource, Local Policy Options: Overcoming Barriers to Season Extension. The resource is designed to help gardeners and farmers in Kansas navigate local policy options to overcome barriers in season extension.
Supporting active living through walking and bicycling provides communities with the opportunity to be physically active and improve health. At the same time, safety concerns can create barriers to community members walking and bicycling. Many local Kansas communities are exploring ways to increase walking and bicycling through policies supporting the development of local sidewalks, expanding rails to trails efforts, and working with railroads to identify safety concerns impacting walking and bicycling, particularly around rail crossings.
Keeping up with the ever-changing federal tobacco control policy landscape can be challenging. It’s complicated, and new developments arise daily. This webinar will discuss the federal political climate and the implications for tobacco control. Speakers will also share the most current information on FDA regulation of tobacco products and HUD’s smoke-free public housing rule. Join the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Lung Association, and the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium as we take a look at federal tobacco control one year post-deeming and beyond.
There are significant connections between community planning decisions and the health of individuals and communities. Comprehensive plans can be effective tools for linking traditional planning elements with public health priorities. The Public Health Law Center is excited to announce the release of a new resource, Kansas Planning Guide: Incorporating Health into Local Community Planning.
Tobacco use is at an epidemic rate among the U.S. homeless population. Although homeless individuals often wrestle with a host of physical, behavioral, and substance use issues, tobacco-related chronic disease remains a leading cause of death among this marginalized population.
Gardening season is fast approaching and community gardeners are gearing up for the next growing season. In anticipation of spring, the Public Health Law Center is excited to announce the release of its new and improved Community Garden Policy Reference Guide. The Guide, organized around the steps of creating a garden, is designed to help community gardeners, advocates, and policy-makers navigate potential legal and policy issues related to community gardening, with a primary focus on policy and legal issues at the local level.
The tobacco industry has a history of using international trade and investment agreements to challenge tobacco control measures, such as plain packaging requirements. This Tobacco Control Legal Consortium webinar will provide an overview of the latest tobacco trade and investment litigation, including this summer’s landmark decision by the World Bank dispute settlement body to dismiss a case brought by Philip Morris International against the government of Uruguay seeking compensation for economic damages caused by the nation’s tobacco control measures.
Staff from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), and the Public Health Law Center will discuss the contents of HUD’s rule, tips for effective implementation of the rule, and ways public housing authorities can go beyond the requirements of the rule to protect public health.
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Communities with limited access to public recreational spaces are exploring opportunities to develop partnerships with schools for the use of school property. Access to safe, affordable and convenient recreational facilities is critical to promote active lifestyles and prevent a range of health problems, including obesity.
This webinar has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE credit in Minnesota. The event code is 228425.
Ten years ago, on August 17, 2006, Judge Gladys Kessler ruled that ten tobacco industry defendants had violated civil racketeering laws as a result of a decades-long, industry-wide conspiracy to deceive the American public about the harmful effects of tobacco use and the industry’s knowledge of those dangers. In the intervening decade, the remedies imposed by the court continue to be litigated and appealed by an industry desperate to avoid responsibility for its actions.
As Minnesota communities look for innovative ideas to provide residents and visitors with good, healthy, fresh food they find that they must navigate legal requirements of the food safety system and are discovering that inspectors from MDA and MDH are valuable partners and resources in these efforts.
This webinar addresses key challenges and opportunities identified by Minnesota communities in their work to increase access to healthy, safe food.
Most of the foods and beverages people consume come from grocery stores. Yet stores in many communities—particularly in rural areas--face significant challenges in successfully providing the variety of foods needed to support healthy diets. Learn what you can do to help support local grocers in your communities in offering a healthy array of food choices. This session addresses challenges and strategies related to increasing access to healthy foods in rural communities. Participants will be able to:
This webinar provides an overview of legal and policy issues impacting mobile food shelves, current funding and support opportunities, and some lessons learned on the ground.
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Vape shops, or retail stores that specialize in e-cigarettes and related products, seem to be popping up everywhere. Although the total number of vape shops in the United States is unknown due to a current lack of regulatory and licensing policies, estimates range anywhere from 3,500 to 35,000 and growing.
This is a Kansas law enacted in 2016 that preempts local authority in favor of state government authority in several areas, including with respect to local regulation and oversight of food service operations, retail food establishments, and other matters concerning local food and agricultural practices. Presenters provide an overview of what the Government Control Law (HB 2595/SB 366) says and how it impacts food systems work in Kansas.
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Creating healthy communities is a process and requires a variety of leadership skills. In this training, explore how to draft effective written documents to create meaningful, equitable and enforceable community initiatives to support healthful behaviors, like healthy eating and active living. This session outlines key Kansas laws impacting local initiatives and identify opportunities to incorporate an equity lens into community efforts to increase access to healthy food, physical activity, and reduce tobacco use. The training includes:
This Consortium webinar examines the current policy landscape of state and local regulation of e-cigarettes in the U.S. and discusses regulatory gaps in the wake of the FDA deeming rule. An advocacy leader and two legal experts identify recent trends and emerging issues nationally and in Minnesota.
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Federal and state laws require employers to provide nursing moms time and a private space to express breast milk while at work. This webinar addresses how the laws apply to Minnesota businesses, including the accommodations employers must make for nursing moms to ensure compliance. Additionally, learn how local businesses are supporting nursing moms and making the laws work at their worksites.
Over the last 25 years, both the U.S. and Canada have seen a large increase in smoke- and tobacco-free environments, including public places, workplaces, multi-unit apartment buildings and affordable housing. State and local tobacco control laws often exempt residential care settings, including assisted living, adult foster care, nursing homes and similar environments, where many of the most vulnerable members of society live and where a disproportionate number of residents (and staff) either use tobacco products or are exposed to secondhand smoke.
In 2015, the Institute of Medicine released a report detailing the significant public health benefits associated with raising the tobacco sales age. While all states have laws prohibiting retailers from selling tobacco to minors, more and more communities are raising their minimum legal sales age (MLSA) to 21.
The FDA recently took an important step to protect public health by publishing a final rule to begin regulating e-cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products. For this webinar, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium welcomes Mitch Zeller, Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, to explain what is in the FDA’s final deeming rule and how it will be implemented.
This webinar, the second in a series, helps prepare food and health advocates for productive collaborations by sharing an overview of how and why planners make decisions. Additionally, speakers provide some concrete tools and examples that attendees can use with their own city planners.