Preemption and Tobacco Control: Latest Tales from the Field (2013)

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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 unsuccessfully) on preemption grounds.

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  • Maggie Mahoney, Deputy Director, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium
  • Micah Berman, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, College of Public Health & Moritz College of Law
  • Kathleen Hoke, Executive Director, Legal Resource Center for Maryland Public Health Law and Policy, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law