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Smoke-free Housing Webinar: Updates and Hot Topics (2013)

Friday, November 22, 2013

As the smoke-free housing movement matures, new issues and topics are emerging. This webinar features an overview of recent updates from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program. The webinar presenters also address current topics including smoke-free policies in housing for special populations, medical marijuana, and ordinances requiring disclosure of smoking policies.

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Boosting Profits, Boosting Health in Food and Beverage Operations (2013)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Participants are introduced to some of the key principles to making food and beverage operations financially successful, as well as healthier, with a focus on captive market settings such as concessions and parks.  The webinar provides:

The Truth About Tanning (2013)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Join us for an interactive webinar to learn about the risks of indoor tanning and the Minnesota UVideo challenge for high school students. Participants will learn about the risks associated with tanning bed use, particularly for teens and young adults; hear about the current state law on minors’ use of tanning beds and learn about reforms in other states to protect minors; and get information about how their schools and organizations can participate in the UVideo challenge for high school students.

Electronic Cigarettes: An Overview (2013)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Electronic cigarettes are everywhere. As their market share rises, so do questions concerning the safety of these products and the appropriateness of their use. This webinar provides an overview of electronic cigarettes including what they are and how they are marketed. The presenters summarize some of the available research on these products and their impact on public health. Finally, the webinar examines the Minnesota Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act, how it addresses electronic cigarettes, and how local (city and county) governments can further regulate these products.

Global Tobacco Control: Lessons for the U.S. (2013)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What can the US public health community learn from the tobacco control experiences of other countries? This 90-minute webinar gives an overview of key tobacco control accomplishments around the world, highlight the importance of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and cover the latest progress in implementing articles of the international tobacco treaty, as well as several recent legal challenges, including trade disputes.

Preemption and Tobacco Control: Latest Tales from the Field (2013)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Preemption occurs when a “higher” level of government limits or eliminates the power of “lower” levels of government to adopt laws that may be stronger in terms of protecting public health. Because of preemption’s negative impact on tobacco control, the public health community needs to be aware of the different ways in which federal or state preemption has been used to challenge tobacco control measures.

Not in My Backyard! What Can Locals Do to Regulate Other Tobacco Products?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

As a result of increased cigarette taxation and regulation, the tobacco industry and a growing number of consumers are turning to a variety of other tobacco products, including flavored little cigars, dissolvables, and e-cigarettes.  What can state and local communities do to regulate these non-cigarette tobacco and nicotine delivery products?  This webinar provides an overview of local and state policy options, including youth access restrictions, smoke-free measures, sales restrictions, and pricing initiatives; presents a few examples of recent legislation; and examines industry

The Tobacco Control Act Four Years Later: Living Up to its Promise?

Monday, June 24, 2013

June 22, 2013, marks the fourth anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, which granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products to benefit public health. Since the Act became law, the FDA has established the Center for Tobacco Products and has begun the work of regulating tobacco products and enforcing those regulations.  In this webinar, speakers will reflect on the past four years of federal tobacco regulation, including successes, disappointments, and hopes for the future.

You Don't Say? Tobacco & the First Amendment

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court held that freedom of speech stops at the right to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater. But does the tobacco industry have the right to basically say "Smoke!" to the American public?

Wisconsin School Resources Webinar: Recreational Use of School Property (2013)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Public Health Law Center and Transform Wisconsin roll out new resources for Wisconsin schools to promote community recreational use of school property. These resources include a checklist for community use policy and forms, as well as sample recreational agreements.  Presenters also discuss how to work with schools to improve policies and forms to promote physical activity opportunities for community members.

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Beyond Cigarettes: Federal Regulation of Other Tobacco Products (2013)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, smokeless tobacco and any other tobacco products that the FDA "deems" to be within its authority. So far, the FDA hasn't issued a "deeming" regulation to assert jurisdiction over other tobacco products, meaning that products like e-cigarettes, hookah, little cigars and dissolvables are completely unregulated at the federal level.

New Tobacco Products: An Overview

Friday, April 5, 2013

As U.S. smoking rates have declined over the last decade, novel non-cigarette tobacco products, often called “other tobacco products” or OTPs have been introduced into the retail marketplace. This webinar provides an overview of these new tobacco products, what they are, and how they are marketed. The presenters summarize some of the available research on these products and their impact on public health.

Reducing Sugary Drinks in Healthcare Facilities: Starting the Conversation

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

This webinar introduces the Minnesota Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit, a new set of resources geared to support efforts to develop and build healthy beverages programs in Minnesota healthcare facilities. It also provides a case study of how Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego implemented a healthy beverage program; explains the Minnesota Commons Health Hospital Challenge, which includes a sugary drink sales elimination pledge; and provides practical tips and strategies for starting a conversation within a healthcare facility about this important issue.

Palliative Care versus Harmful Exposure: Secondhand Medical Marijuana Smoke in Multi-Unit Housing

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The number of states that have adopted statutes permitting the use of medical marijuana under certain circumstances continues to grow. Accompanying this growth is an increase in questions about how these laws affect smoke-free policies for multi-unit residential properties. This webinar reviewed the interplay between medical marijuana laws and policies addressing secondhand smoke. The discussion covered both private, market-rate properties and federally subsidized public housing and Section 8 properties.

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Public Health Law Center Helping Kansas Communities

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Public Health Law Center provides a range of legal technical assistance for the Kansas Health Foundation, including the Healthy Communities Initiative grantees. This webinar provides an overview of how the Public Health Law Center can assist communities with potential public policy approaches designed to support healthy eating and active living.

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Knowing the Enemy: Tobacco Industry Tactics

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The tobacco industry has used, and continues to use, many different tactics to hook youth on its products, keep them addicted as adults, and avoid regulation and responsibility for its behavior. This webinar looks at the historical context of the tobacco industry’s behavior and its tactics in areas such as smoke-free regulation, marketing, and tobacco product regulation.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Initiatives and Liability: Opportunities, Perceptions & Realities

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Various public health policies have proven effective in promoting physical activity and reducing weight gain and obesity. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) initiatives are a topic of conversation in communities looking for ways to promote active transportation. SRTS programs encourage children to make walking and bicycling to school part of their daily routines. However, concerns over accidents, injuries and “liability” may not match the realities.  This webinar provides an overview of the development and implementation of successful SRTS initiatives.

Pressing the FDA on Menthol

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 granted the FDA the authority to address the crushing public health burden of menthol in tobacco products, especially on youth, African-Americans, and the LGBTQ community. Unfortunately, in the three years since the law was enacted, the FDA has studied the issue but failed to act on this authority. This webinar will discuss what the public health community can do to press the FDA to take bold action on menthol.

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Public Health Journal: Dr. Ed Ehlinger interviews Public Health Law Center's Doug Blanke

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Public Health Journal was a weekly cable television program, host by Dr. Ed Ehlinger. Dr. Ehlinger invited Public Health Law Center Executive Director Doug Blanke to discuss how attorneys and other professionals help community leaders use public policies to improve the nation's health. Public Health Journal was produced by Minneapolis Office of Media Services, Minnesota Department of Health, and the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department.

This episode aired October 31, 2012. 

An Introduction to the Public Health Law Center

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Public Health Law Center provides legal technical assistance to communities around the country on a variety of public health issues. This webinar outlines the breadth and depth of assistance, with a specific emphasis on support to Minnesota grantees working on Community Transformation Grant (CTG) projects, Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) strategies and Tobacco Free Community (TFC) initiatives.

Current Trends in "Roll-Your-Own" Tobacco Regulation

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The "roll-your-own" tobacco (RYO) industry has exploded in recent years. While the recently enacted federal transportation reauthorization bill takes an important step by classifying retailers who make RYO machines available to consumers as tobacco manufacturers, it solves only part of the combustible, loose tobacco product problem. State and local governments can play an important role in closing remaining RYO loopholes.

Rising to the Challenge—Why and How Health Care Facilities Are Implementing Nutrition Strategies on their Campuses to Prevent and Reduce Obesity

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

This webinar provides an overview of the science behind obesity and chronic disease, and explains why growing numbers of hospitals are taking steps to reduce sugary drink consumption and other healthy eating strategies within their facilities. It provides information about strategies and tools, drawing on examples from hospitals around the country as well as highlighting work in Minnesota. Health care facilities play an important role in promoting health, both as medical providers and as thought-leaders within communities.

Voting for Tobacco Control: Headaches, Hazards and Opportunities

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Why not let the voters decide? When it comes to tobacco control, the answer can be tricky. This webinar explores how states and local communities have used ballot measures to support tobacco control, and the advantages and disadvantages of ballot measure strategies.

Digging into Tobacco Documents: Real Life Examples of How to Advance Tobacco Control

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This webinar demonstrates how tobacco control supporters can search industry documents at the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents (formerly known as Legacy Tobacco Documents Library), and use them in their work. The online collection of tobacco industry documents at the University of California, and several similar databases around the world, provide hard evidence for anyone interested in building a case for tobacco control laws and policies or facing legal challenges to tobacco control measures.

The Promise and Potential Pitfalls in Promoting Outcomes-Based Incentives with Worksite Wellness Initiatives

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

This webinar will provide an interactive discussion of the use of outcomes-based incentives with worksite wellness initiatives and the legal and policy implications of these efforts. Over the past few years, strong opinions have been voiced for and against the use of outcomes-based incentives in connection with worksite wellness initiatives. As employers attempt to reign in rising health care costs, many are moving toward the use of these incentives tied to health care premiums and/or deductibles.