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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Moving Forward After Looking Back: Using the 2014 Surgeon General's Report to Further Your Tobacco Control Goals (2014)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Still haven’t had time to read the 900+ pages of 2014’s 50th Anniversary Surgeon’s General Report on Smoking? The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium is sponsoring a 1.5-hour webinar with three nationally recognized experts who will provide you with highlights of the report, information on the tobacco industry’s role in light of the scientific evidence presented in the report, and practical guidance on how states and local communities can use the report’s findings to advance tobacco control.

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Kill the Butts: Policy Options for Reducing Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Waste (2014)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cigarette butts on public streets, sidewalks and other outdoor areas are toxic and unsightly and result in high litter management and collection costs for communities. Programs that effectively minimize tobacco product waste can save municipalities money, substantially benefit the environment, enhance our quality of life, and lower the risk of cigarette-caused fires.

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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