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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.
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This webinar was hosted by the Kansas Health Foundation and features Public Health Law Center Staff Attorneys Natasha Frost and Mary Marrow. While some of the information is specific to Kansas, much of it can be applied to other areas of the country. For questions on how this information can be applied to your situation, please contact us.
In this Tobacco Control Legal Consortium webinar, presenters describe litigation developments, the federal regulatory picture, and the national policy landscape in 2016, highlighting two active jurisdictions: Chicago, where enforcement has begun on its 2013 ordinance restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of all city schools; and Minnesota, where the state health department and two cities are employing various approaches to reduce the use of menthol and other flavored tobacco products.
This webinar was hosted by the Kansas Health Foundation and features Public Health Law Center Staff Attorney Natasha Frost. While some of the information is specific to Kansas, much of it can be applied to other areas of the country. For questions on how this information can be applied to your situation, please contact us.
This webinar introduces DFC Grantees and ATOD Coalitions to the Tobacco Technical Assistance team in Minnesota, as well as provides an overview of policy adoptions available to address and sale and use of tobacco and electronic cigarettes. The webinar was hosted by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota tobacco technical assistance team: the American Lung Association (ALA), the Association for Nonsmokers-MN (ANSR), Clearway Minnesota, and the Public Health Law Center (PHLC).
On November 17, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a rule that would restrict smoking in public housing. During this Tobacco Control Legal Consortium webinar, presenters give an overview of what the rule covers and doesn’t cover, describe the process of implementing smoke-free housing policies, and explain how to submit comments on the proposed rule to HUD. Presenters include Consortium attorneys, a HUD staff member, and smoke-free housing experts.
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On September 21, 2015, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released an updated recommendation regarding tobacco cessation treatment, affirming the importance of a comprehensive cessation benefit in improving health. Although more than 51 million Americans have successfully quit smoking and former smokers now outnumber current smokers in the U.S., many tobacco users face barriers in accessing cessation treatments that are covered by insurance as a preventive service.
This webinar identifies liability issues, risk management strategies and available resources for Minnesota schools allowing community use of school property.
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Staff from the Public Health Law Center and Missouri School Board Association introduces tools and discusses information to simplify and improve community access of school facilities, including:
Tobacco and international trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, have been in the news a lot lately. This Tobacco Control Legal Consortium webinar provides an overview of the controversy over tobacco in international trade and the impact of free-trade tobacco on global public health. Speakers describe the worldwide tobacco problem and the tobacco industry’s historic use of litigation as a tool to thwart global tobacco control efforts. The webinar also provides a brief update on current international tobacco trade litigation.
Flavored tobacco products are seemingly everywhere in the retail environment. While most of the recent focus has been on flavored e-cigarettes, this is only one part of the issue. For example, a recent national survey found that 82% of tobacco retail stores sold flavored cigars. This webinar gives an overview of the scope of flavored tobacco products at the point of sale, why they matter in the “War in the Store,” and policy solutions that can help limit their impact on youth tobacco use and initiation.
Every resident of Kansas is affected directly or indirectly by state “laws,” many of which are actually rules and regulations adopted by a state agency and not the state legislature. If you eat or work in a restaurant, you are affected by food service regulations issued by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. If you are enrolled in a public university in Kansas, state regulations determined whether you qualify for in-state tuition.
Listen to the leading Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) experts share their perspectives on the MSA, how it came to be, how it has been enforced, and why it is so crucial in tobacco regulation. The MSA is an historic accord between cigarette companies and 46 states, reached as a result of litigation seeking compensation for the states’ healthcare costs related to effects of smoking.
The retail environment is critical in tobacco control. The availability, promotion, and marketing of tobacco (and related devices and products) at the “point of sale” significantly impacts initiation and use, contributes to health disparities, and can serve as a barrier to successive quit attempts. Fortunately, a number of strategies are available for communities who want to change how these products are sold.
The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program is a federal program, available in every state, to promote the development of affordable housing. States and some local communities can customize the requirements of the program to encourage the development of housing that aligns with community housing goals. LIHTC has been used by some states to encourage the adoption of smoke-free policies for new housing developments or for properties going through major renovation. This webinar will review LIHTC and provide examples of states using the program to promote smoke-free living.
This webinar will focus on the surprisingly complex policy considerations involved in e-cigarette taxation. Presenters will discuss key issues to consider in tax policy and will look briefly at jurisdictions that have enacted, or are considering enacting, a tax on e-cigarettes.
This webinar provides an overview of how the Public Health Law Center can assist SHIP grantees and their partners with policy, systems, and environmental initiatives to promote healthy eating.
Moderator: Michelle Hersch, Staff Attorney at Public Health Law Center