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.
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This webinar identifies liability issues, risk management strategies and available resources for Minnesota schools allowing community use of school property.
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
Despite the sales boom in e-cigarettes and similar nicotine delivery devices, public health regulation of these products has continued to play catchup. This 1-hr.
This webinar addresses the problem of menthol tobacco products at the state and local level, summarizes the legal landscape regarding the regulation of these products, and provides lessons learned from two jurisdictions that have recently addressed this problem: Hawaii, where an ultimately unsuccessful legislative bill would have prohibited the sale of all flavored tobacco products in the state; and Chicago, where the city council passed an ordinance in 2013, restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of all city schools.
State and local smoke-free laws that protect workers and the public from exposure to secondhand smoke in public places and places of employement are a critical component of any community's public health efforts. While adoption of these policies has been very successful, with over 30 states and thousands of local communities passing some form of smoke-free policy, millions of people in the U.S.
Tucked deep in the FDA’s proposed Deeming Regulation, which would assert jurisdiction over cigars, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products, is a cost-benefit analysis that is setting off alarm bells for public health advocates. The analysis is based on the astonishing premise that the benefits from reductions in smoking have to be discounted significantly to offset the loss in pleasure that smokers suffer when they overcome their addiction.
E-cigarette use has exploded in the last few years, yet public health regulation has not kept pace. During this webinar, experts from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, and the American Lung Association will explain how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing to regulate e-cigarettes and will describe local policy options to address the skyrocketing use and related public health impact of this emerging product.
Foster children face a disproportionate number of health-related challenges due to backgrounds that can include physical and emotional abuse, neglect, malnutrition, and in-utero alcohol or drug exposure. Approximately 80 percent of all foster children have at least one chronic medical condition.
This webinar provides information about a healthy eating policy assessment tool developed for use with hospitals, and about how two children’s hospitals in WI and OH are modeling healthy food environments for kids, parents, staff, and other community members through a Farmer’s Market Café, phasing out sugary drinks, and using other promising and best practices for promoting healthy eating.
Still haven’t had time to read the 900+ pages of 2014’s 50th Anniversary Surgeon’s General Report on Smoking? The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium is sponsoring a 1.5-hour webinar with three nationally recognized experts who will provide you with highlights of the report, information on the tobacco industry’s role in light of the scientific evidence presented in the report, and practical guidance on how states and local communities can use the report’s findings to advance tobacco control. Speakers include Dr.
Cigarette butts on public streets, sidewalks and other outdoor areas are toxic and unsightly and result in high litter management and collection costs for communities. Programs that effectively minimize tobacco product waste can save municipalities money, substantially benefit the environment, enhance our quality of life, and lower the risk of cigarette-caused fires.
As the smoke-free housing movement matures, new issues and topics are emerging. This webinar will feature an overview of recent updates from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program. The webinar presenters will also address current topics including smoke-free policies in housing for special populations, medical marijuana, and ordinances requiring disclosure of smoking policies.
Participants will be introduced to some of the key principles to making food and beverage operations financially successful, as well as healthier, with a focus on captive market settings such as concessions and parks. The webinar will provide highlights on the following:
Join us for an interactive webinar to learn about the risks of indoor tanning and the Minnesota UVideo challenge for high school students. Participants will learn about the risks associated with tanning bed use, particularly for teens and young adults; hear about the current state law on minors’ use of tanning beds and learn about reforms in other states to protect minors; and get information about how their schools and organizations can participate in the UVideo challenge for high school students.
Electronic cigarettes are everywhere. As their market share rises, so do questions concerning the safety of these products and the appropriateness of their use. This webinar provides an overview of electronic cigarettes including what they are and how they are marketed. The presenters summarize some of the available research on these products and their impact on public health.