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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
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.