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Under the Cyber Radar: Addressing Youth Access to E-Cigs and Tobacco Online (2016)

Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It’s not surprising that youth can easily buy e-cigarettes and tobacco products online. Internet-based e-cigarette and tobacco retailers often exploit legal loopholes and illegally sell their products to minors, contributing to America’s ongoing tobacco epidemic. This webinar discusses actions that states and the federal government have taken in an attempt to curb these online sales practices.

Working with MN Local Governments to Increase Access to Healthy Food: Part I - The Basics (2016)

Date: 
Monday, April 18, 2016

This webinar provides an overview of Minnesota city and county government structure and authority. The discussion focuses on opportunities for local food coalitions and networks in Minnesota to work with local governments while also providing concrete examples of actions city and county governments can take to increase access to healthy food in local Minnesota communities.

Webinar: Increasing Farm to Institution in Kansas (2016)

Date: 
Monday, March 21, 2016

This webinar was hosted by the Kansas Health Foundation, and features Public Health Law Center attorneys Natasha Frost and Mary Marrow. While some of the information is specific to Kansas, much of it can be applied to other areas of the country. This is a webinar in a series of educational and informational sessions for grantees in the Kansas Health Foundation Healthy Communities Initiative.

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Webinar: Regulating Menthol Tobacco Products: The Current Policy Landscape (2016)

Date: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

In this webinar, presenters describe litigation developments, the federal regulatory picture, and the national policy landscape in 2016, highlighting two active jurisdictions: Chicago, where enforcement has begun on its 2013 ordinance restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of all city schools; and Minnesota, where the state health department and two cities are employing various approaches to reduce the use of menthol and other flavored tobacco products.

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Food and Farm Councils: Mobilizing Communities to Support Healthy Local Foods (2016)

Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016

This webinar was hosted by the Kansas Health Foundation, and features Public Health Law Center Staff Attorney Natasha Frost. While some of the information is specific to Kansas, much of it can be applied to other areas of the country. Food and Farm Councils have quickly become a trend in Kansas. They are being established in communities all over the state with efforts led by diverse health, agriculture, and economic development partners. This webinar will discuss what Food and Farm Councils are, and what steps communities have taken to establish these councils.

Tobacco Technical Assistance for Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grantees and ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs) Coalitions (2016)

Date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 
12:30pm

This webinar introduces DFC Grantees and ATOD Coalitions to the Tobacco Technical Assistance team in Minnesota, as well as provides an overview of policy adoptions available to address and sale and use of tobacco and electronic cigarettes. The webinar was hosted by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota tobacco technical assistance team: the American Lung Association (ALA), the Association for Nonsmokers-MN (ANSR), Clearway Minnesota, and the Public Health Law Center (PHLC).

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Home is Where the Health Is: HUD’s Proposed Rule Restricting Smoking in Public Housing (2015)

Date: 
Monday, December 14, 2015

On November 17, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a rule that would restrict smoking in public housing.  During this Tobacco Control Legal Consortium webinar, presenters give an overview of what the rule covers and doesn’t cover, describe the process of implementing smoke-free housing policies, and explain how to submit comments on the proposed rule to HUD. Presenters include Consortium attorneys, a HUD staff member, and smoke-free housing experts.

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Webinar: Community Use of School Facilities in Minnesota (2015)

Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015

This webinar identifies liability issues, risk management strategies and available resources for Minnesota schools allowing community use of school property.

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Covering Tobacco Cessation Treatment: Why the New Federal Recommendation Is a Big Deal for Smokers (2015)

Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015

On September 21, 2015, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released an updated recommendation regarding tobacco cessation treatment, affirming the importance of a comprehensive cessation benefit in improving health. Although more than 51 million Americans have successfully quit smoking and former smokers now outnumber current smokers in the U.S., many tobacco users face barriers in accessing cessation treatments that are covered by insurance as a preventive service.

Simplifying Community Use of School Property in Missouri

Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Staff from the Public Health Law Center and Missouri School Board Association introduces tools and discusses information to simplify and improve community access of school facilities. They reveal school administrator and community group survey results, demystify liability and insurance, and discuss best practices for increasing access to school property. This free webinar was made possible by funding from the Missouri Convergence Partnership.

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Tribal Tobacco Control and the Law (2015)

Date: 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tribes have the inherent authority to undertake measures to promote public health in the manner most appropriate for their communities, which can include both program and policy interventions. Legal interventions have proven to be one effective means for tobacco control. This webinar highlights the difference between traditional and commercial tobacco use and outlines the public health impact of commercial tobacco use on American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

Tobacco & Trade: A Global Effort to Undermine Public Health (2015)

Date: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tobacco and international trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, have been in the news a lot lately. This Tobacco Control Legal Consortium webinar provides an overview of the controversy over tobacco in international trade and the impact of free-trade tobacco on global public health. Speakers describe the worldwide tobacco problem and the tobacco industry’s historic use of litigation as a tool to thwart global tobacco control efforts. The webinar also provides a brief update on current international tobacco trade litigation.

Flavor Craze: Restricting Flavored Tobacco Products at the Point of Sale

Date: 
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Flavored tobacco products are seemingly everywhere in the retail environment. While most of the recent focus has been on flavored e-cigarettes, this is only one part of the issue. For example, a recent national survey found that 82% of tobacco retail stores sold flavored cigars. This webinar gives an overview of the scope of flavored tobacco products at the point of sale, why they matter in the “War in the Store,” and policy solutions that can help limit their impact on youth tobacco use and initiation.

The Essential Guide to the Master Settlement Agreement (2015)

Date: 
Monday, June 22, 2015

Listen to the leading Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) experts share their perspectives on the MSA, how it came to be, how it has been enforced, and why it is so crucial in tobacco regulation. The MSA is an historic accord between cigarette companies and 46 states, reached as a result of litigation seeking compensation for the states’ healthcare costs related to effects of smoking.

Regulating Tobacco in the Retail Environment: An Overview of Local Point-of-Sale Strategies (2015)

Date: 
Thursday, May 28, 2015

The retail environment is critical in tobacco control. The availability, promotion, and marketing of tobacco (and related devices and products) at the “point of sale” significantly impacts initiation and use, contributes to health disparities, and can serve as a barrier to successive quit attempts. Fortunately, a number of strategies are available for communities who want to change how these products are sold.

Using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program to Promote Smoke-free Housing Policies (2015)

Date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program is a federal program, available in every state, to promote the development of affordable housing. States and some local communities can customize the requirements of the program to encourage the development of housing that aligns with community housing goals. LIHTC has been used by some states to encourage the adoption of smoke-free policies for new housing developments or for properties going through major renovation. This webinar will review LIHTC and provide examples of states using the program to promote smoke-free living.

Taxing E-Cigarettes: The Next (Complicated) Frontier (2015)

Date: 
Thursday, March 26, 2015

This webinar focuses on the surprisingly complex policy considerations involved in e-cigarette taxation. Presenters discuss key issues to consider in tax policy and look briefly at jurisdictions that have enacted, or are considering enacting, a tax on e-cigarettes.

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Promoting Healthy Eating in Minnesota Communities: How the Public Health Law Center Can Help You (2015)

Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

This webinar provides an overview of how the Public Health Law Center can assist SHIP grantees and their partners with policy, systems, and environmental initiatives to promote healthy eating.

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E-Cigs, Etc.: Policy Options for Regulating Nicotine Delivery Devices (2015)

Date: 
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Despite the sales boom in e-cigarettes and similar nicotine delivery devices, public health regulation of these products has continued to play catchup. This 1-hr. webinar will provide an overview of the national regulatory landscape regarding e-cigarettes and related devices, and describe policy options that states and local communities (including boards of health) might want to consider to protect public health by regulating the sale, use and price of these emerging (and evolving) products.

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Making a Move on Menthol: Regulating Flavored Tobacco Products in Your Community (2014)

Date: 
Thursday, November 13, 2014

This webinar addresses the problem of menthol tobacco products at the state and local level, summarizes the legal landscape regarding the regulation of these products, and provides lessons learned from two jurisdictions that have recently addressed this problem: Hawaii, where an ultimately unsuccessful legislative bill would have prohibited the sale of all flavored tobacco products in the state; and Chicago, where the city council passed an ordinance in 2013, restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of all city schools.

Smoke-Free Policies Redux: Current Status & Current Challenges (2014)

Date: 
Thursday, October 30, 2014

State and local smoke-free laws that protect workers and the public from exposure to secondhand smoke in public places and places of employment are a critical component of any community's public health efforts. While adoption of these policies has been very successful, with over 30 states and thousands of local communities passing some form of smoke-free policy, millions of people in the U.S. are still exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and places of work on a daily basis.

Calculating the “Benefits” of Smoking: How the FDA’s Economic Model Hinders Tobacco Regulation (2014)

Date: 
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tucked deep in the FDA’s proposed Deeming Regulation, which would assert jurisdiction over cigars, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products, is a cost-benefit analysis that is setting off alarm bells for public health advocates. The analysis is based on the astonishing premise that the benefits from reductions in smoking have to be discounted significantly to offset the loss in pleasure that smokers suffer when they overcome their addiction.

E-Cigarettes: Local Options in Light of Federal Action (2014)

Date: 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

E-cigarette use has exploded in the last few years, yet public health regulation has not kept pace. During this webinar, experts from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, and the American Lung Association explain how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing to regulate e-cigarettes and will describe local policy options to address the skyrocketing use and related public health impact of this emerging product.

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Smoke-free Foster Care: Tales from the Field (2014)

Date: 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Foster children face a disproportionate number of health-related challenges due to backgrounds that can include physical and emotional abuse, neglect, malnutrition, and in-utero alcohol or drug exposure. Approximately 80 percent of all foster children have at least one chronic medical condition. Despite this, in many states these children are still placed in foster homes where they are exposed to the health hazards of secondhand smoke.

Hospitals and Healthy Eating: Making Connections, Modeling Health (2014)

Date: 
Thursday, June 12, 2014

This webinar provides information about a healthy eating policy assessment tool developed for use with hospitals, and about how two children’s hospitals in WI and OH are modeling healthy food environments for kids, parents, staff, and other community members through a Farmer’s Market Café, phasing out sugary drinks, and using other promising and best practices for promoting healthy eating.

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