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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Presenters provide an overview of recent significant federal tobacco litigation.
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.
Presenters provide an update on local legal challenges to laws restricting sales of flavored tobacco products.
Presenters discuss the importance of affirmative litigation in public health and commercial tobacco control and showcase a new public health litigation resource.
Many U.S. tribal casinos that closed this year due to COVID-19 have reopened with new smoke-free indoor air policies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.