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Tribal Tobacco Control and the Law (2015)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.