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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.

Teenage Wasteland: Addressing the Burden of Hazardous E-Cigarette Waste at Schools

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

This webinar was provided by the Law and Policy Coordinating Center (American Lung Association in California / Public Health Law Center). For more information on the LPCC, visit

In dealing with the vaping epidemic among California youth, schools are on the front line of a new threat to public health: dangerous tobacco product pollution. E-cigarettes present numerous environmental hazards when discarded, as they are composed of plastic, electronic waste such as lithium-ion batteries, and liquid poisons. Schools are finding discarded cartridges and devices on their grounds and parking lots, and are confiscating these items as a part of their tobacco-free policies. How can schools start to deal with these toxic products?

No Vapes in Cyberspace: How to Stop Internet Sales of Commercial Tobacco

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has the authority to regulate and even prohibit internet sales of commercial tobacco products and e-cigarettes, it has yet to exercise this authority. States and local governments can close this loophole. This webinar will present an overview of the current landscape of internet and delivery-based commercial tobacco product sales and highlight regulatory challenges presented by the prevalence of on-demand app-based retailers and delivery services popular among young people. The presenters will also describe state and local legal and policy measures for regulating online sales of commercial tobacco products and e-cigarettes, including legislative and litigation approaches that several states and cities have taken to address internet sales to underaged persons.

Federal Tobacco 21 and the FDA Flavors Guidance

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

On December 20, 2019, the federal legal minimum age of sale for tobacco products was raised to 21. On January 2, 2020, the FDA finalized a guidance that attempts to combat the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. Both of these actions have raised many questions about what will happen next and how these policies will affect efforts at the state and local level. This webinar will attempt to demystify both policies and explain everything that public health professionals need to know.

Tools to Assist Schools Navigate the Vaping Epidemic

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Communities are at the front line of navigating the rise in youth use of e-cigarettes, which some have termed a “Juul epidemic.” This webinar will describe the trends in youth use of Juul and other e-cigarette products, the public health harms of e-cigarette use, and the unique role schools play in addressing the epidemic.

State and Tribal Responses to the Vaping-Related Health Crisis

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The number of reported vaping-related lung injuries and deaths is increasing each week.  At the same time, states and Tribes are taking various policy and regulatory approaches to combat these injuries and the broader epidemic of youth e-cigarette use throughout the United States.  This webinar offers a state-by-state update on strategies used to respond to the outbreak of vaping-related health problems and widespread youth e-cigarette use, as well as considerations for best practices moving forward.

Taking On Tobacco Industry Pollution

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Every stage of the commercial tobacco lifecycle affects human health, ecosystems, and the global climate. These impacts begin with the cultivation and processing of tobacco plants and extend through product disposal. Around the world, massive amounts of forest are removed to make way for tobacco farmland and to provide wood for tobacco curing. Commercial tobacco agriculture degrades soil, exposes workers to hazardous pesticides and nicotine poisoning, and contributes to food insecurity. Cigarette butts spread toxic substances and pollution into waterways.

Navigating the Changing Landscape of Vaping: Tools for Minnesota’s Schools

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Communities are at the front line of navigating the rise in youth use of e-cigarettes, which some have termed a “Juul epidemic.” This webinar will address the trends in youth use of Juul and other e-cigarette products, the public health harms of e-cigarette use, and the unique role of schools in addressing the epidemic. Presenters will provide the latest information on how schools are addressing the problem and Public Health Law Center will present the highlights of a model policy for K-12 schools in Minnesota, including the elements necessary for a comprehensive and effective policy and the importance of ensuring youth use is addressed with approaches that effectively alleviate the addictive properties of nicotine in place of strictly punitive measures.

Moving Forward when Tobacco Preemption is in Effect

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Some of the most effective tobacco control policies are developed at the local level before being replicated and often enhanced by state and other local governments. Preemption, which occurs when a higher governmental entity removes the authority of a local branch of government, threatens the ability of local public health leaders to execute their vision for tobacco control in their jurisdictions. In 2019, several state legislatures proposed measures that would preempt local jurisdictions from regulating tobacco products in some manner, demonstrating that preemption is still a crucial issue in tobacco control.

The Tobacco Control Network (TCN), a peer network of ASTHO, and the Public Health Law Center (PHLC) are organizing a three-part webinar series exploring what tobacco control stakeholders need to know about preemption and strategies to avoid it. This third and final webinar in the series will discuss opportunities to promote tobacco control and cessation at the state level when tobacco preemption limits local authority. This webinar will include a presentation from subject matter experts at the Public Health Law Center, accompanied by state level case studies from North Carolina and Oklahoma. All tobacco control stakeholders are invited to participate in this learning series.

1st Anniversary of the HUD Smoke-Free Housing Rule: Successes, Challenges, and Next Steps

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

July 2019 marks the first anniversary of the implementation of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule prohibiting smoking in public housing. In this webinar, public health and housing law experts provide an overview of the HUD rule, highlight legal issues that have arisen since implementation, and discuss what's next for smoke-free housing.

Introducing the New Law and Policy Coordinating Center

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

This webinar was recorded on July 10, 2019.

The Public Health Law Center (PHLC) and the American Lung Association in California (ALA) were awarded a 5-year contract by the California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) at the California Department of Public Health to support commercial tobacco control professionals and advocates in the work to end the commercial tobacco epidemic in California. The contract for the Law and Policy Coordinating Center began on July 1, 2019.

Tobacco Industry Tactics for Passing Preemption Legislation

Monday, June 10, 2019

Some of the most effective tobacco control policies have been developed at the local level before being replicated and often enhanced by other state and local governments. Preemption, which occurs when a higher governmental entity removes the authority of a local branch of government, threatens the ability of local public health leaders to execute their vision for tobacco control in their jurisdictions.

What if Marijuana Were NOT a Schedule 1 Drug?: Legal and Policy Implications

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is currently categorized as a Schedule 1 drug – that is, a drug with high potential for abuse with no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the U.S. Despite the growing number of states that legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes or recreational use, it remains a federal offense to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, sell, purchase, possess, or use marijuana. 

Why State Preemption and Local Authority Matter

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Localities have historically been, and continue to be, at the forefront of adopting innovative tobacco control policies that have diffused to other localities and higher governmental levels. Preemption withdraws power from localities and centralizes it at higher governmental levels, thus limiting localities’ ability to prioritize their own public health agendas to meet unique local needs.

Taxing E-Cigarettes: Applying a Proven Public Health Tool to Emerging Tobacco Products

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

As a result of the explosion of JUUL products leading to an unprecedented increase in youth e-cigarette use, state and local governments are considering a variety of policy options to regulate this rapidly expanding market. Taxation has proven to be one of the most effective methods to reduce youth cigarette use. To date, however, very few states have enacted e-cigarette taxes. In response to the epidemic of youth use, many states are considering taxing e-cigarettes, but it is still not clear how best to do so.

Too Little, Too Late? The FDA’s New Enforcement Guidance

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On March 13, 2019, the FDA issued a draft guidance document outlining its intentions to begin addressing the youth e-cigarette epidemic in a more robust fashion through enforcement of premarket review. This webinar walks through all the FDA’s proposed actions, providing context and analysis of the agency’s plan. We talk about the next steps for the FDA and the public health community, and answer questions.

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The FDA Tools to Tackle the JUUL Epidemic

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

According to both the FDA Commissioner and the Surgeon General, youth nicotine addiction is now an epidemic, fueled by the soaring success of JUUL and similar e-cigarettes. Although this alarm is widely shared by public health officials at all levels of government, many important regulatory tools to tackle this problem have been left unused. This 30-minute webinar focuses on federal action, describing what FDA regulation of e-cigarettes looks like currently and highlighting steps the FDA could take to significantly change the trajectory of the e-cigarette epidemic.

Unanswered Questions about the FDA’s Juul Enforcement Blitz

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

On September 12, 2018, the FDA announced “historic action,” issuing 1,300 enforcement actions against retailers for selling Juul and other e-cigarettes to minors. While robust enforcement is a critical element of the FDA’s response to the public health crisis caused by JUUL and other similar products, there is a lot of information about the FDA’s efforts that the agency did not highlight. We’ve combed through the FDA’s enforcement data to find out whether the FDA’s actions are proportionate to the public health threat posed by Juul. This 30-minute mini-webinar highlights our findings.

Where We Stand 20 Years After the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement: Legacy and Loose Ends

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) is an accord reached between the state Attorneys General of 46 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and the four largest cigarette manufacturers in America concerning the advertising, marketing, promotion of cigarettes, and compensation for health-care costs connected to tobacco-related illness.