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Federal Menthol Ban: A Major Milestone & What Lies Ahead

Thursday, May 6, 2021

On Thursday April 29, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a groundbreaking decision to ban menthol as flavoring in cigarettes and all flavors in cigars. This decision was in response to a citizen petition filed in 2013 by the Public Health Law Center, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), The Center for Black Health and Equity (formerly NAATPN), and other public health advocacy groups. Although the FDA’s decision to ban menthol is a historic win for public health and health equity, the work is not over.

Breastfeeding & Expressing Human Milk at Work

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Federal, Tribal and Minnesota laws provide important protections for people who want to nurse or express milk at the workplace. This webinar addresses how laws apply in various workplaces in Tribal communities and across Minnesota. In addition, presenters will discuss best practices and how businesses can support nursing employees by passing supportive workplace policies.

E-Cigarette Regulation: The Past, Present, and Future of the FDA’s Gatekeeping Role

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

According to federal law, all e-cigarettes must go through a process called “premarket review” to be commercially marketed in the U.S. So far, no e-cigarette has received marketing authorization from the FDA. Yet, after September 9, 2021, the only e-cigarette products that should remain on store shelves are those that have received affirmative marketing authorization.

Online Sales of E-cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products: Latest Developments

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Studies suggest about one third of underage e-cigarette users in the U.S. purchase e-cigarettes online, avoiding the minimum legal sales age and ID check of in-person sales. Because of this problem, Congress recently updated federal law to impose delivery sales restrictions on e-cigarettes. California state law also regulates tobacco product deliveries, including many provisions designed to prevent sales to youth. A 2020 update to the STAKE Act strengthened delivery sales rules for all tobacco products and gave local enforcement authorities a role in preventing illegal online sales. Local jurisdictions can go further: entirely prohibiting or further regulating online tobacco sales, or enforcing minimum legal sales age laws against online sellers.

Federal Tobacco 21: Considerations for Tribal Communities

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

On December 20, 2019, the federal government made changes to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 that increased the minimum legal sales age for all commercial tobacco products from 18 to 21. This amendment applies to all U.S. states and territories, and on all Tribal lands, leaving Tribal communities with much to consider. Join us as we discuss what this means now for Tribal communities, and how Tribes can continue to exercise their sovereignty through public health and policy considerations.

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.