2014 Legislative Spotlight: Electronic Cigarettes E-Liquids and Child-Resistant Packaging
On May 21, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed legislation that will require any liquids (more commonly known as “juice” or “e-juice”) sold for use in electronic cigarettes must be in child resistant packaging. An important regulation – one of the first of its kind in the United States. But, one that also raises a number of questions.
2014 Legislative Spotlight: Overview - A Summary of the New Regulations
On May 21, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law new regulations that address the sale and use of electronic cigarettes, as well as new requirements to protect children from exposure to secondhand smoke.
The Minnesota Lawsuit: The Gift that Keeps on Giving (2014)
Podcast interview by Doug Blanke, J.D., Director of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, who was part of a lawsuit that forced the tobacco industry to turn over millions of pages of documents showing how they targeted children in their marketing, hid data on the dangers of smoking, and misled the American public about their products. Click here.
Tobacco Cessation Toolkit for Taft-Hartley Funds (2011)
This WorkSHIFTS toolkit includes 21 fact sheets that provide user-friendly information about best practices for providing and promoting cessation benefits for blue-collar workers in Taft-Hartley Health and Welfare Funds.
Options for State and Local Governments to Regulate Non-Cigarette Tobacco Products (2012)
This article examines deficiencies in many federal, state, and local tobacco control laws relating to OTPs, using five products as case studies. The article focuses on areas which are ripe for regulation at the state and local level. The tobacco control laws in Minnesota, which offer a unique perspective on the regulation of OTPs, are highlighted in this discussion.
Smoke-free Foster Care: Policy Options and the Duty to Protect - A Policy Options Brief (2011)
A policy brief that describes the public health rationale for smoke-free foster care, examines smoke-free foster care legislation around the U.S., and presents policy options for jurisdictions considering smoke-free requirements for foster homes.
Kids, Cars and Cigarettes: Policy Options for Smoke-free Vehicles - A Policy Options Brief (2010)
Overview of the public health rationale for regulating secondhand smoke in vehicles, summarizing scientific research on the issue, legal authority for regulatory action, key policy components from regulations in several jurisdictions, and other policy considerations regarding enactment and implementation.
An Evaluation of Health Benefit Modification in Taft-Hartley Health and Welfare Funds (2010)
An estimated one fifth of all U.S. adult smokers receive health benefits through insurance plans administered by Taft–Hartley Health and Welfare Funds. Most funds do not offer comprehensive tobacco-cessation services to fund participants despite evidence that doing so would
be cost effective and save lives. This paper examines the decision-making processes of Minnesota-based fund trustees and advisors to identify factors that influence decisions about modifications to benefits. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Caroline M. Au-Yeung, Susan R. Weisman et al.
Fines or Fees: Enforcement of Smoke- or Tobacco-free Policies / Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (2010)
This fact sheet addresses the issue of using fines or fees as options to enforce smoke-free or tobacco-free policies at colleges and universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.
The Role of Labor Organizations in Tobacco Control: What Do Unionized Workers Think?
A journal article summarizing the results of a phone survey of unionized workers regarding their knowledge and attitudes about tobacco use, harm associated with workplace exposure to secondhand smoke and the role of labor unions in addressing worksite smoking and cessation coverage policies.
Rebecca J. Mitchell, Susan R. Weisman, Resa M. Jones, Darin Erickson. American Journal of Health Promotion, Jan/Feb 2009.
Case studies chronicling the intriguing stories behind six pivotal years in Minnesota’s journey toward a statewide smoke-free law in 2007, and the legal and political false starts, missed opportunities, compromises and complexities along the way.
Taft-Hartley Health & Welfare Funds: Evaluating the Need for Cessation Benefits
From 2006 to 2008, WorkSHIFTS conducted a study of the process by which Minnesota Taft-Hartley Health and Welfare Fund trustees make decisions about possible modifications to existing health plan benefits, in particular, modifications regarding the provision and promotion of tobacco cessation services. The study also examined health care plan participants’ perceptions about having their unions, Taft-Hartley Funds, and employers provide and promote tobacco cessation resources. The results of this study have been applied to the design of an intervention that will encourage Taft-Hartley Funds to provide and promote tobacco cessation services in existing health care plans. 2008
A WorkSHIFTS resource that provides management personnel with information about health harms and costs associated with tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke among blue-collar workers, as well as legal guidance and policy tools for developing and implementing workplace policies.
Technical Assistance Legal Center (2001). This guide provides legal resources for public policy initiatives. Some of the resources are applicable to individuals and private litigants, but the main focus of the guide is on legal tools to change the social norms regarding smoking and tobacco use.
Minding the Store: Curtailing the Sale of Tobacco to Minnesota Teens
A report summarizing findings from a survey of law enforcement and public health agencies responsible for enforcement of commercial youth access laws in Minnesota and eight other states regarding local level commercial enforcement practices, challenges and priorities (2002).
The definitive digest of major tobacco-related laws and regulations that affect the State of Minnesota, including overviews of, and hyperlinks to, federal laws, state statutes and regulations, and other legal restrictions on the tobacco industry - current as of 2016.
Tobacco Products Sales & Display: A Legal Resource for Minnesota Business Owners
A quick reference guide summarizing laws and legal restrictions that affect how tobacco products can be advertised, particularly in or outside retail stores in Minnesota, and including legal agreements that impose nationwide restrictions, as well as Minnesota laws and provisions from the city codes of Brooklyn Center, Crystal, and New Hope.
Legal and Political Obstacles to Smoke-Free Regulation in Minnesota Regions
Journal article presenting findings from a research study of the legal and political challenges faced by seven multi-jurisdictional Minnesota regions in smoke-free ordinance campaigns between 2000 and 2006, approaches regulatory authorities took in each community, and strategies to help public health advocates, health organizations, policymakers, and legal professionals anticipate, avoid, and address these obstacles. Kerry Cork, J.D., and Carolyn Forman, J.D., American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2008)
Putting truth into action: using the evidence for justice
A Tobacco Control journal article (15/Suppl.IV,2006) describing how the disclosure of internal tobacco industry documents resulting from the 1998 Minnesota tobacco settlement transformed the tobacco litigation environment.
Doug Blanke, J.D., Hubert H. Humphrey III, J.D.Tobacco Control