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FDA’s Premarket Review Process: What’s the Latest?

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The FDA’s premarket review process is supposed to ensure that new tobacco products stay off the market until they receive affirmative marketing orders from the FDA. Yet that is not how the process has unfolded, and millions of products on the market have not gone through premarket review. In fact, only a few tobacco products have ever received federal authorization to be sold. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the premarket review process, discuss the marketing authorizations that the FDA recently issued, and provide insight into what we expect to happen over the coming months.

License to Sell: Tobacco Retail Licensing Nuts, Bolts, and Fees

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

This webinar will cover the key elements of tobacco retail licensing in California. Presenters will walk through the Public Health Law Center’s Model Tobacco Retail Licensing (TRL) ordinance, focusing on the importance of clear and comprehensive definitions, restrictions on tobacco retailers, limitations on where products can be sold, and robust penalty and enforcement provisions.

Updates on the FDA’s Struggle with E-Cigarette Regulation

Thursday, October 14, 2021

September 9 came and went without significant actions by the FDA on e-cigarette marketing applications. The FDA’s communications confused many. This webinar will explain how we got to where we are, what happened, what didn’t happen, and what happens next.

Emerging Vaping Products: Youth Allure and the Lack of Comprehensive Regulation

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The youth vaping epidemic has been driven in part by the addictiveness of nicotine and its impact on the developing brain. However, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has been slow to regulate these products to protect youth. Moreover, an emerging class of vaping products that do not contain nicotine but are marketed with wellness and vaping cessation claims present new regulatory challenges.

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing: Basics and Best Practices

Thursday, August 26, 2021

This 45-minute webinar will cover the basics and best practices of smoke-free multi-unit housing policies for rental housing and common interest communities. In addition to presenting pointers on the adoption and implementation process, speakers will describe ways to ensure that policies are equitably enforced and provide residents the greatest protection from exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoke. The webinar will also feature several helpful resources.

How to Create Affordable Smoke-Free Housing

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

This 45-minute webinar will describe how to initiate, implement, and equitably enforce smoke-free policies in affordable housing programs. Presenters will explore emerging “hot topics,” including outreach and education, equitable compliance-focused enforcement, and drafting comprehensive policies. The webinar will also feature several useful resources. 

The ABC’s of Comprehensive K-12 School Commercial Tobacco Policies

Thursday, August 12, 2021

The Public Health Law Center’s K-12 School Model Commercial Tobacco Policy is a national resource for states, school districts, and schools that are creating or strengthening a commercial tobacco policy. Presenters will provide an overview of the key features of a comprehensive K-12 school policy, with special focus on examples of alternatives to suspension and expulsion for student violations that put the health and well-being of the child first.

Cannabis Regulation: High Time for a Public Health & Equity Approach

Thursday, July 8, 2021

As an ever-growing number of states consider legalizing and regulating recreational cannabis, questions continue to arise about evidence-based practices grounded in public health and social equity. Our webinar briefly overviews basic regulatory options for cannabis legalization that are informed by tobacco control and other best practices.

Pride in Policy: Advancing the Health of the LGBTQ+ Community

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Did you know that LGBTQ+ people smoke at higher rates than the general population? Decades of targeted marketing by the tobacco industry and societal discrimination and stigma created the perfect storm to create commercial tobacco disparities for LGBTQ+ people. This presentation describes the history of tobacco marketing to LGBTQ+ communities by highlighting industry documents, print advertisements, and social media.

The Tobacco MSA: Centering Health & Equity in Future National Settlements

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between the major cigarette manufacturers and 46 states, D.C., and five territories remains the largest legal settlement ever executed in the United States. This panel discussion will flag several takeaways from the MSA that might be of benefit in framing any future national settlement with parties such as JUUL Labs.  Panelists will provide a brief background of the MSA, highlight both its positive outcomes and missed opportunities, and discuss implications for future national settlements with tobacco manufacturers.

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.