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.
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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.
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Preemption occurs when a “higher” level of government limits or eliminates the power of “lower” levels of government to adopt laws that may be stronger in terms of protecting public health. Because of preemption’s negative impact on tobacco control, the public health community needs to be aware of the different ways in which federal or state preemption has been used to challenge tobacco control measures. This webinar provides an overview of preemption in tobacco control and describes several recent examples in which tobacco policies have been challenged (successfully and unsucce
As a result of increased cigarette taxation and regulation, the tobacco industry and a growing number of consumers are turning to a variety of other tobacco products, including flavored little cigars, dissolvables, and e-cigarettes. What can state and local communities do to regulate these non-cigarette tobacco and nicotine delivery products? This webinar provides an overview of local and state policy options, including youth access restrictions, smoke-free measures, sales restrictions, and pricing initiatives; presents a few examples of recent legislation; and examines industry
June 22, 2013, marks the fourth anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, which granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products to benefit public health. Since the Act became law, the FDA has established the Center for Tobacco Products and has begun the work of regulating tobacco products and enforcing those regulations. In this webinar, speakers will reflect on the past four years of federal tobacco regulation, including successes, disappointments, and hopes for the future.
Decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court held that freedom of speech stops at the right to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater. But does the tobacco industry have the right to basically say "Smoke!" to the American public?
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Public Health Law Center and Transform Wisconsin roll out new resources for Wisconsin schools to promote community recreational use of school property. These resources include a checklist for community use policy and forms, as well as sample recreational agreements. Presenters also discuss how to work with schools to improve policies and forms to promote physical activity opportunities for community members.
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, smokeless tobacco and any other tobacco products that the FDA "deems" to be within its authority. So far, the FDA hasn't issued a "deeming" regulation to assert jurisdiction over other tobacco products, meaning that products like e-cigarettes, hookah, little cigars and dissolvables are completely unregulated at the federal level.
As U.S. smoking rates have declined over the last decade, novel non-cigarette tobacco products, often called “other tobacco products” or OTPs have been introduced into the retail marketplace. This webinar provides an overview of these new tobacco products, 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.
This webinar introduces the Minnesota Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit, a new set of resources geared to support efforts to develop and build healthy beverages programs in Minnesota healthcare facilities.
The number of states that have adopted statutes permitting the use of medical marijuana under certain circumstances continues to grow. Accompanying this growth is an increase in questions about how these laws affect smoke-free policies for multi-unit residential properties. This webinar reviewed the interplay between medical marijuana laws and policies addressing secondhand smoke. The discussion covered both private, market-rate properties and federally subsidized public housing and Section 8 properties.
The Public Health Law Center provides a range of legal technical assistance for the Kansas Health Foundation, including the Healthy Communities Initiative grantees. This webinar provides an overview of how the Public Health Law Center can assist communities with potential public policy approaches designed to support healthy eating and active living.
The tobacco industry has used, and continues to use, many different tactics to hook youth on its products, keep them addicted as adults, and avoid regulation and responsibility for its behavior. This webinar will take a look at the historical context of the tobacco industry’s behavior and its tactics in areas such as smoke-free regulation, marketing, and tobacco product regulation. Presenters include Patricia McDaniel, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco; Bronson Frick, Associate Director, Americans
Supporting smoke-free policies for multi-unit public housing is a critical way to reduce health disparities among some of our most vulnerable citizens. This webinar provided information on the public housing market and acquainted attendees with the terminology that is common in the affordable housing sector. The presenters discussed recommendations on how to work with public housing authorities and also reviewed legal topics that should be considered when discussing smoke-free policies with public housing authorities.
Various public health policies have proven effective in promoting physical activity and reducing weight gain and obesity. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) initiatives are a topic of conversation in communities looking for ways to promote active transportation. SRTS programs encourage children to make walking and bicycling to school part of their daily routines. However, concerns over accidents, injuries and “liability” may not match the realities. This webinar provides an overview of the development and implementation of successful SRTS initiatives.