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Addressing Secondhand Smoke: Tobacco and Cannabis Smoke in Multiunit Housing

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and e-cigarette aerosol can pose significant health risks to people who do not smoke or use e-cigarettes. Secondhand cannabis smoke contains many of the same chemicals as smoke from tobacco, including chemicals linked to lung cancer, and may compromise the health of children, those with respiratory conditions, and others. Because secondhand smoke can easily travel from unit to unit, people who live in multi-unit housing are especially vulnerable to the health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke and aerosol.

Commercial Tobacco Control & Food Security in 2021: Regulatory Opportunities

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Join Public Health Law Center attorneys to learn more about what’s next on the regulatory agenda in commercial tobacco control and food security. Our attorneys will discuss the recently finalized HHS SUNSET rule, provide an overview of executive branch changes that will affect regulatory agendas in these areas, and preview some opportunities for federal administrative action in commercial tobacco control and food security.

What a Waste! Legally Disposing of E-Cigarettes and Nicotine Products

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Nicotine has long been regulated as an acute hazardous waste by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the era of e-cigarettes and the youth vaping epidemic, many schools and other public entities are having to deal with large amounts of discarded and confiscated e-cigarette hazardous waste.

Deliver Us from Evil: E-Cigarettes and the PACT Act

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

In the last days of 2020 Congress passed, and President Trump eventually signed, an omnibus spending package that kept the federal government operating into 2021. Deep in that 5,593-page piece of legislation was the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act, a short bill that added e-cigarettes to the 2009 Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act. The law requires online retailers to verify the age of customers for all purchases; require an adult with ID to be present for delivery; label shipping packages to show they contain tobacco products; and comply with all state and local tobacco tax requirements. The law also requires the U.S. Postal Service to cease delivery of all e-cigarettes in 2021.

Hookah: Truths, Myths, and Options for Local Governments

Friday, January 15, 2021

With some local governments and the California Legislature exempting hookah from flavored tobacco restrictions, many local governments have questions: What are the real health impacts of hookah? What are the implications of regulating hookah for equity and cultural sensitivity? What options do we have for regulating hookah at a local level in California? This webinar will answer these questions, and discuss the challenges with enforcement created by hookah exemptions in flavor restrictions.

Changing the Game: A Playbook for E-cigarette Regulation at the State and Local Level

Thursday, December 10, 2020

To reduce e-cigarette use and strengthen measures to control the vaping epidemic, states and local jurisdictions have many policy options. This webinar will provide an overview of policies that states and local jurisdictions can adopt to regulate e-cigarettes.

The Other Epidemic: Addressing Tobacco Use in Mental Health & Substance Use Facilities

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

During this stressful time of COVID-19, it's easy to lose sight of the impact of another epidemic raging across the U.S. -- tobacco use among those with mental health and substance use conditions. Approximately 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. has some form of behavioral health condition, and these individuals consume almost 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked by adults. In addition, people in treatment for substance use disorders have a high prevalence of smoking, with studies finding rates between 65 and 85 percent among patients in addiction treatment.

FDA E-Cigarette Regulation: Everything You Need to Know

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Youth initiation is out of control; JUUL and the FDA have been grabbing headlines; but what’s really going on? This webinar will examine some of the latest data on youth e-cigarette use, explain what the FDA has been doing (and not doing) to regulate these products, and speculate on what we might expect to see in this area over the next 12 months.

Federal Tobacco Litigation: What's the Latest?

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Presenters provide an overview of recent significant federal tobacco litigation.

Inside and Out: Extending Hospitals’ Healthy Food Environment Work into Communities

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Health is more than healthcare. While hospitals across the country continue to remove sugary drinks and promote healthier alternatives, many have moved beyond their walls to also help improve health in their communities. For some, this means becoming advocates for state and local policy changes. For others, it means helping fellow employers implement similar improvements to their food and beverage environments.

Local Flavor Litigation: What's the Scoop?

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Presenters provide an update on local legal challenges to laws restricting sales of flavored tobacco products.

Affirmative Public Health Litigation: Why It Matters

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Presenters discuss the importance of affirmative litigation in public health and commercial tobacco control and showcase a new public health litigation resource.

Smoke-Free Tribal Casinos: A Policy Discussion

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Many U.S. tribal casinos that closed this year due to COVID-19 have reopened with new smoke-free indoor air policies.

Committing to Healthier Food and Beverages in Hospitals: Innovative Approaches from the Field

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Hospitals across the country have committed to creating healthier food and beverage environments for their employees, patients, and visitors. Some have even turned the challenges of a pandemic into an opportunity for change. Enabling these efforts have been innovative partnerships with state and local health departments, state hospital associations, and other national organizations, which have helped facilitate collective improvements in food service standards, including removal of sugary drinks, and promotion of healthy alternatives.

SB-793: What You Need to Know about California's Flavor Ban Law and Referendum

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

This webinar from the Law and Policy Partnership to End the Commercial Tobacco Epidemic (Public Health Law Center/American Lung Association in California) will bring you up to speed on the recent tobacco product flavor ban passed by the California legislature, including what is covered and exempt, and how the ban affects local laws. We will also discuss the pending referendum on the bill, which is in the signature-gathering process. 

Eliminating Sugary Drinks in a Large Health System: Leveraging Data for Systems Change

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A growing movement of hospitals and health systems in the U.S. have stopped selling sugary drinks or reduced their availability in favor of healthier alternatives. Healthier food and beverage environments in hospitals align with their health-focused mission, can have a measurable impact on employee health, and spur action among other employers and organizations.

Riding the Vape Train: Pairing Comprehensive TRL with Flavored Tobacco Bans

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Youth Vaping Epidemic has generated increased urgency for comprehensive tobacco control policy in the retail environment. Flavored tobacco bans provide opportunities for local jurisdictions to create new or bolstered tobacco retail licensing (TRL) policies. The chance to amend or create new TRLs allows jurisdictions to regulate minimum pack size, minimum price, and product discounting--the tobacco industry’s number one marketing technique. Cheap, small packs of tobacco products disproportionately target new users, youth, and low socioeconomic populations.

Out of Flavor: Updates on Flavor Ban Legislation and Litigation

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A growing number of states and local communities have passed sales restrictions of flavored commercial tobacco products, some of which include restrictions of flavored e-cigarettes. States such as Massachusetts and New Jersey have led the way, followed by other states, Tribes, and dozens of local jurisdictions, with more action every month. The tobacco industry is trying to counter this momentum with lawsuits against local efforts. This webinar will bring you up to speed on the latest legislation and litigation around flavored tobacco sales restrictions.

Modeling Health: How Health Systems Can Take Action to Reduce Sugary Drinks

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Sugary drinks are the largest source of added sugars in our diets and contribute to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and obesity. They are also a health equity issue. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are targeted by the sugary drink industry and disproportionately experience nutrition-related chronic diseases. These inequities are even more pressing in the era of COVID-19, as we see the virus taking a disproportionate toll on populations with a high burden of chronic disease.

U.S. Tobacco Policy and Enforcement During COVID-19 Shutdowns

Thursday, June 25, 2020

This webinar, hosted by the Action on Smoking & Health (ASH), examines the intersection of state and local policy responses to COVID-19 and commercial tobacco prevention and control. The presenters will provide background on the authority for state and local actions and highlight strengths and deficiencies of COVID-19 policies in the context of commercial tobacco control. Presenters will also describe commercial tobacco control policies that best protect health and advance health equity in light of the ongoing pandemic.

Pólizas y Políticas en Su Comunidad: Como Involucrase y Reducir el Consumo de Tabaco

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

El Centro de Coordinación de Leyes y Pólizas y el Centro de Coordinación para Hispanos y Latinos los invita a participar en nuestro seminario virtual de "Pólizas y Políticas en Su Comunidad". Nuestros expertos explicarán los niveles de gobierno de los EE. UU., el proceso para formar pólizas al nivel local, y cómo crear soluciones locales que promueven la salud en su comunidad. Los participantes también aprenderán cómo su voz es necesaria para crear soluciones y pólizas locales que controlan y reducen el uso de tabaco en comunidades Latinas.

Heath Equity through Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

This webinar will discuss the public health benefits associated with smoke-free housing and how multi-unit housing presents special health equity considerations for smoke-free policies. Presenters will cover the legal risks of permitting smoking in multi-unit housing and describe legal arguments that are typically raised against smoke-free housing laws and policies. The webinar will also address the key components of smoke-free housing laws and policies, and the best practices in adopting, implementing, and enforcing smoke-free housing laws and policies.

Smoking & COVID-19: A Chat with a Lung Doctor

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Given universal concern and questions about the coronavirus, the Public Health Law Center has just produced a webinar about the connection between smoking and COVID-19. This webinar, pre-recorded on April 12, 2020, features a conversation between our staff attorney Kyra Hill and her father, Dr. Nick Hill, who is Chief of the Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Division at Tufts Medical Center and a Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.


Grounded in Equity: Effective Public Health Law & Policy

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

To be effective, public health law and policy must advance health equity. This webinar focuses on ways to ensure that equity is identified, incorporated, and maintained at every stage of public health law and policy work, with a focus on food systems, physical activity, and commercial tobacco control. Public Health Law Center attorneys provide an overview of key terminology and theories such as the social determinants of health, inequity, and health equity, and describe ways to ensure that equity is addressed in every stage of the law and policy change process, including research, solution identification, drafting, advocacy, enforcement, and evaluation.

Rural Transit Webinar: Mapping the Connection Between Transit and Public Health in Greater Minnesota

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Recognizing the potential for a collaborative partnership between transit planning and public health professionals, this webinar examines shared goals, key champions, and innovative ideas for leveraging rural transit to improve food access and community health more broadly. This webinar will present an overview of the current landscape of transit policy in Greater Minnesota and identify areas for public health professionals to work with transit planners. The presenters will identify barriers, promising practices, and opportunities for partnership in transit-health planning.