Smoke-free Foster Care: Tales from the Field (2014)

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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. Despite this, in many states these children are still placed in foster homes where they are exposed to the health hazards of secondhand smoke. This webinar presents an overview of policy considerations for state and local communities interested in providing a safe smoke-free environment for children in foster homes. It describes policy options and challenges, and provides case studies of two states that have passed smoke-free foster care regulations: Maryland in 2008 and Minnesota in 2014.

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Webinar Slides [PDF]


  • Kathleen Hoke, Director, Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy, University of Maryland School of Law
  • Pat McKone, Director, Tobacco Control Programs and Policy, American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
  • Jeanne Weigum, Executive Director, Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota
  • Molly Moilanen, Director of Public Affairs, ClearWay Minnesota
  • Kerry Cork, Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium