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Hospitals and Healthy Eating:  Making Connections, Modeling Health

Date:  Thursday, June 12, 2014

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM Central Time

This webinar will provide information about a healthy eating policy assessment tool developed by the Hennepin County Public Health Department and how it can be used to connect with hospitals on healthy eating objectives. Participants will also learn about how two children’s hospitals (American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, WI and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, 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.  We will also highlight free, practical resources available to inform and support healthy food in hospital initiatives. 

This webinar is free, but registration is required.  Please register at https://networkforphl.webex.com/networkforphl/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=668000030


Food-and-beverage environment and procurement policies for healthier work environments

A recently published article in Nutrition Reviews provides a comprehensive look at the evolving landscape of using procurement policies to improve the food and beverage environment in workplace settings.  This article supports efforts to develop and implement effective food and beverage procurement policies to promote access to healthy food in workplaces and improve worksite wellness.

“The importance of creating healthier work environments by providing healthy foods and beverages in worksite cafeterias, in on-site vending machines, and at meetings and conferences is drawing increasing attention. Large employers, federal and state governments, and hospital systems are significant purchasers and providers of food and beverages. The American Heart Association, federal government, and other organizations have created procurement standards to guide healthy purchasing by these entities. There is a need to review how procurement standards are currently implemented, to identify important minimum criteria for evaluating health and purchasing outcomes, and to recognize significant barriers and challenges to implementation, along with success stories. The purpose of this policy paper is to describe the role of food-and-beverage environment and procurement policy standards in creating healthier worksite environments; to review recently created national model standards; to identify elements across the standards that are important to consider for incorporation into policies; and to delineate issues to address as standards are implemented across the country.”

Citation:  Gardner, C. D., Whitsel, L. P., Thorndike, A. N., Marrow, M. W., Otten, J. J., Foster, G. D., Carson, J. A. S. and Johnson, R. K. (2014), Food-and-beverage environment and procurement policies for healthier work environments. Nutrition Reviews. doi: 10.1111/nure.12116

Linkhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nure.12116/abstract


 

Childhood Obesity Prevention Project – Resources for Decision Makers

The University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research, housed within the Medical School, is a trans-disciplinary team that develops, implements, and evaluates new approaches to eliminate health inequities through collaborative research and community partnerships. Under a two-year project funded by the NIH, Evidence Translation for Childhood Obesity Prevention in Minnesota, University researchers Dr. Marilyn “Susie” Nanney and Dr. Sarah Gollust partnered with the American Heart Association-Midwest Affiliate, the Public Health Law Center, and others to examine how research evidence is used in state level decision-making related to childhood obesity issues and to gain a better understanding of how stakeholders in legislative, state agency, and advocacy arenas would like to receive research evidence to aid in decision-making. Please visit the childhood obesity prevention project, to learn more about the project objectives and outcomes. Please visit the project’s Resources for Decision Makers, to view a video and obtain a list of experts and fact sheets designed to help state agencies, health advocates, and legislative staffs and representatives translate obesity-related research for state policy purposes.


Reducing Sodium is Public Health Priority:  CDC Reflections on IOM Report

Reducing sodium intake can substantially reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention commentary published in the October 2013 issue of American Journal of Hypertension.  The commentary clarifies findings and conclusions of the Institute of Medicine’s recent report, Sodium Intake in Populations:  Assessment of Evidence.   With this commentary, the CDC takes a firm position that reducing salt intake is a critical and achievable public health action that will significantly improve the cardiovascular health of Americans. 

  • To read the CDC commentary, click here.


Public Health Organizations Request FDA Regulation of All Tobacco Products

On September 6, 2013, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, joined by a coalition of state and local public health organizations and their national membership organizations, filed a formal Citizen Petition urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, “little cigars,” hookah and other tobacco products currently free of federal regulation. In 2009, Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act). This historic law regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco but leaves all other products unregulated unless the FDA takes action. Although the FDA has repeatedly pledged to regulate other products such as cigars and e-cigarettes, four years after the passage of the Act, the FDA has failed to act on its promise.

The catastrophic toll that cigarettes have taken on public health has been the target of state and local governments for decades. However, as cigarettes become more stringently regulated and taxed at higher rates, other tobacco products have become an increasingly popular way to create and sustain nicotine addiction. As the marketplace is changing, federal regulation is not keeping up and the tobacco industry continues to exploit regulatory loopholes. The three largest cigarette manufacturers are now also manufacturing non-combustible — and unregulated — tobacco products that can be used legally in many smoke-free environments. Some of these unregulated products are even sold under the same brand names as the most popular cigarette brands.

  • To read our Citizen Petition, click here.
  • To read Highlights of our Citizen Petition, click here.



Upcoming “Nature Play: Risk and Reward” Workshop

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN

Natural playgrounds are designed to include streams, trees, rolling hills, and other natural features in which children can interact and play.  Some organizations have embraced these designs, while others have questions related to the liability associated with these types of play structures.  This all-day workshop will provide information on natural playgrounds, their features, and play benefits.  The Public Health Law Center will address liability issues that private organizations, public agencies, and risk managers have regarding these concerns. The workshop is geared towards parks and recreation professionals, educators, risk managers, landscape architects, and those with an overall interest in nature play.

For registration information, click here.


Public Health Leaders Urge FDA to Act on Menthol Cigarettes

On April 12, 2013,  the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium hand-delivered a formal Citizen Petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on behalf of nineteen national organizations, urging the FDA to prohibit the use of menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes.  In 2009, Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act which, among other things, prohibited fruity and candy-like additives as “characterizing flavors” in cigarettes.  Because tobacco manufacturers use flavors, herbs and spices to mask the harshness of tobacco and attract new generations of underage smokers, the flavor ban was an important step to prevent youth smoking.  The Tobacco Control Act, however, made one exception to this flavor ban, deferring action on the most popular of all flavors – menthol – and directing the FDA to decide whether continued sale of menthol cigarettes is “appropriate for public health.”

As our Citizen Petition points out, menthol cigarettes are the source of addiction for nearly half of all teen smokers; menthol increases the palatability of smoking, especially among youth and members of racial and ethnic populations; and menthol also increases the difficulty of quitting smoking.  In fact, prohibiting menthol in cigarettes is perhaps the single most powerful measure readily available to the FDA to improve America’s health. 

  • To read our Citizen Petition, click here.
  • To read Highlights of our Citizen Petition, click here.


“Who’s Your Nanny?  Choice, Paternalism and Public Health in the Age of Personal Responsibility”

 Public Health Law Center Director Doug Blanke and law professors Lindsay F. Wiley and Micah L. Berman co-authored an article about the nanny state in the just-released supplement to the Journal of Law Medicine and Ethics generated by the October public health law conference.   The article, “Who’s Your Nanny?  Choice, Paternalism and Public Health in the Age of Personal Responsibility,” explores the forces behind the cultural and political resonance of concerns about public health paternalism, "personal responsibility," and the "nanny state" and attempts to outlines a potential path forward from here.  Check out the article here.


Check out our latest resource!

Minnesota Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Resources


The Public Health Law Center, in partnership with Health Care Without Harm and the Minnesota Cancer Alliance has created a series of resources designed to inform and support efforts to promote healthy beverage choices and reduce consumption of unhealthy products within workplace settings in Minnesota, with a special focus on healthcare settings. 

These resources are designed to support healthcare organizations in taking up the call to reduce and eliminate sugary drinks, and promote healthy offerings, within their campuses.Click here to review the resources.


Check out our latest publications!

International Tobacco Control Organizations & Resources (2013  

International Tobacco Control Organizations & Resources.(2013)  Compilation of leading organizations that work to advance global tobacco control efforts, along with links to several of their most useful resources.

    Thirdhand Smoke:  A Select Bibliography of Recent Studies (2013). A select bibliography of the latest studies on thirdhand smoke, along with brief descriptors and links, where available.
Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act Litigation Update 2013   Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act Litigation Update (2013).  Guide to recent and pending litigation that challenges or implicates the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
OTP Select Bibliography  

Other Tobacco Products:  A Select Bibliography of Recent Studies (2013).  A listing of several recent studies of five of these products:  dissolvables, electronic cigarettes, little cigars, snus and water pipes (hookahs).

 

   

Three New Tobacco Policy Publications by Public Health Law Center staff. The November 2012 supplement to the peer-reviewed American Journal of Preventive Medicine features three tobacco policy-related articles written by Public Health Law Center staff members Mike Freiberg, Brooke Nunn, Warren Ortland, and Susan Weisman.

Fed Transportation Bill - RYO FS  

The Effect of the 2012 Federal Transportation Reauthorization Bill on State and Local Regulation of Roll Your Own Tobacco Retailers (2012).  Fact sheet describing implications of 2012 federal policy that classifies as tobacco manufacturers retailers who make RYO tobacco machines available to consumers.

strategies to combat illicit tobacco trade   Strategies to Combat Illicit Tobacco Trade (2012).  Law synopsis providing overview of illicit tobacco trade within and across U.S. borders, including suggestions on how state and local governments, as well as health organizations, can contribute to the fight against it.
fr   Freedom of Information Act and the FDA (2012).  Information on how the public health community can use Freedom of Information Act requests to maximize its impact on the federal regulation of tobacco.
cit   Citizen Petitions: An Underutilized Tool in Tobacco Regulation (2012).  Overview of how tobacco control tobacco control advocates can use citizen petitions to influence the FDA's regulation of tobacco.
  Healthy Vending and the Randolph Sheppard Act (2012) Federal, state, and local governments can increase access to healthy foods and beverages for their residents by requiring all vending service providers to ensure healthier options are sold in vending machines on public property. Legally blind vendors can be particularly influential in what is sold in vending facilities located on government property because of the Randolph Sheppard Act.
 

Access to Healthy Food:  Challenges and Opportunities (2012) This document provides public health advocates, policymakers, and community organizers with an overview of key policy and legal strategies being pursued to reduce or prevent obesity by increasing access to healthy food.

 

Cause & Effect   Cause and Effect:  Tobacco Marketing Increases Youth Tobacco Use. (2012) A compilation of key excerpts from the 2012 Surgeon General's Report, Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young People, including policy options that can help reduce the amount and impact of tobacco marketing where much of the tobacco industry's marketing occurs: retail establishments where tobacco products are sold.

 campuses-T&T   Adopting Tobacco-free Policies on Campuses (2014). Guidelines to assist local and governmental units, private corporations, health care institutions and educational providers in creating effective and enforceable policies that restrict the use of tobacco products. (Updated)
outdoors T&T   Regulating Tobacco Use Outdoors (2014). Pointers that communities and policymakers might want to consider when drafting and implementing tobacco-free policies for outdoor areas, such as parks, recreational facilities, beaches, outdoor workplaces, restaurant and bar patios, transit waiting areas, and public events such as county fairs and farmers' markets. (Updated)
POS guide 2014   Point-of-Sale Strategies: A Tobacco Control Guide (2014).  A 52-page guide with a wealth of practical information on selecting and implementing strategies to limit the sale, display, and advertising of tobacco products in the retail environment.  (Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis and Tobacco Control Legal Consortium)
ACA  

How the Affordable Care Act Affects Tobacco Use and Control (2014). Fact sheet summarizing main provisions of the Affordable Care Act that impact tobacco use and control, including insurance coverage for tobacco cessation treatment.

MHPAEA  

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Affordable Care Act: Implications for Coverage of Tobacco Cessation Benefits (2014). Fact sheet that addresses some of the most frequently asked questions about how the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Affordable Care Act affect insurance coverage for tobacco cessation benefits as a type of substance use disorder.

 policy tools regulating cigarette waste  

Policy Tools for Minimizing Public Health and Environmental Effects of Cigarette Waste (2014). Tips and tools for governmental authorities and organizations interested in implementing measures to minimize public health and environmental effects of cigarette waste.

 

Creating Accountable Communities for Health Conference Report: A Collaborative, Cross-Sectoral, and Local Approach to Health (2014).  Last fall, nearly 200 leaders from organizations working in healthcare delivery, public health, hospital administration, and community services convened for a conference in Duluth, MN, organized by the Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF) to explore how the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s requirements of deeper community engagement by hospitals can be leveraged to improve the public’s health, decrease costs, and support community vitality. This Report highlights key themes from the day as a tool for leaders across sectors to better understand opportunities afforded by the ACA and to consider local strategies that leverage these policy changes to promote health across communities. Readers should also look for the companion piece: Perspectives and Next Steps in Creating a Healthier Healthcare System.

 

 

Perspectives and Next Steps in Creating a Healthier Healthcare System (2014).  This discussion guide is a companion piece to Creating Accountable Communities for Health Conference Report: A Collaborative, Cross-Sectoral, and Local Approach to Health.  It provides additional take-aways and ideas for next steps, based on the Creating Accountable Communities for Health Conference held in Duluth, MN in September 2013.
 

Healthy Healthcare Hospital Pledges Summary Fact Sheet (2013). This fact sheet provides a summary of national and regional voluntary pledge programs that focus on improving the food and beverage environments within organizational settings.  It is part of the Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit, which is a series of resources to support hospitals and healthcare systems in taking up the call to reduce and eliminate sugary drinks, and promote healthy food and beverage offerings, within their campuses. Find the complete toolkit here.

 

Policy Strategies Guide   Policy Strategies (2014). A 32-pg. guide that describes how to work with the media, coalitions, decision makers, business owners, and communities on selecting and implementing evidence-based tobacco control policies.(Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis and the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium).  
Pricing Policy guide - 2014   Pricing Policy (2014).  A 32-pg. guide that includes tools and resources on how to implement policies that effectively raise the cost of tobacco products (Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis and the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium).
Land of 10,000 Tobacco Products   The Land of 10,000 Tobacco Products: How Minnesota Led the Way in Regulating Tobacco Products (2013) . Overview of how Minnesota’s 2010 enactment of the Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act addressed regulatory gaps and identified ways that future tobacco control laws could be strengthened. Michael Freiberg et al., Am. J Public Health (Dec. 12, 2013).
Regulatling Smoking in MUH  

Regulating Smoking in Multi-Unit Housing (2013).  Update of Tips & Tools publication providing basic guidelines to communities about policies that address secondhand smoke infiltration in multi-unit housing.

 Overview of Subsidized Housing & Smoking    

Subsidized Housing and Smoke-free Policies:  Overview of Subsidized Housing (2013).  Update of fact sheet providing brief overview of two types of federally subsidized multi-unit housing and the government’s approach to smoke-free policies.

What is Legal Technical Assistance?   What is Legal Technical Assistance? (2013)  Brief overview of the Consortium’s core legal technical assistance: substantive policy guidance based on legal research and analysis; litigation support; educational resources; and training.
Legal Update - Fall 2013   Legal Update (Fall 2013).  This special edition focuses on the tobacco industry and its past and current behavior in countering public health and influencing the tobacco product regulatory process. It features profiles of public health champions Ruth Malone and Stan Glantz, news about the settlement of an historic cigarette personal injury case, information about a national trade association’s practice of opposing tobacco control legislation throughout the U.S., and a status update of the historic civil racketeering lawsuit U.S. v. Philip Morris, which is still in litigation. This issue also features a law synopsis "Racketeers at the Table:  How the Tobacco Industry is Subverting the Public Health Purpose of Tobacco Regulation" and an "Ask a Lawyer" column (both by Consortium attorney Desmond Jenson), and resources on deceptive practices by the tobacco industry in the U.S. and abroad.
Racketeers at the Table  

Racketeers at the Table:  How the Tobacco Industry is Subverting the Public Health Purpose of Tobacco Regulation (2013). Law synopsis describing the tobacco industry’s long history of misleading the public about the dangers of its products and explaining how the industry’s interest and behavior prevent meaningful participation in the regulation of its products.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About DOJ Case   Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About U.S. v. Philip Morris but Were Afraid to Ask (2013). Brief overview of the historic civil racketeering lawsuit, U.S. v. Philip Morris, and an update on the current status of the litigation.
Five Steps to Food and Beverage Success  

Five Steps to Food and Beverage Success: (2013).  This tip sheet is an introductory roadmap for navigating food and beverage operations such as concession stands and snack bars, and highlights ways to maximize efficiencies as well as incorporate healthier options.

Tips for Better Vending  

Tips for Better Vending: (2013). This tip sheet provides a high level overview of some of the considerations around making food and beverage vending both healthy and financially successful.

Regulating Electronic Cigs 2013  

Regulating Electronic Cigarettes and Similar Devices (2013).  Updated policy guide with options and pointers for communities and policy makers to consider when drafting or implementing laws or policies that regulate e-cigarettes and similar devices.

global tobacco control - 2013   Global Tobacco Control: What the U.S. Can Learn from Other Countries (2013).  Law synopsis that summarizes ten different tobacco control policy strategies in effect around the world, highlights several countries that are implementing these strategies, describes opposition, reviews unintended consequences or challenges in implementing policies and provides information on each strategy’s effectiveness as a public health measure.
Global tobacco control synopsis - Executive Summary  

Global Tobacco Control: Executive Summary (2013).  Summary of key findings from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium’s law synopsis,  Global Tobacco Control:  What the U.S. Can Learn from Other Countries.

 Policy Approaches to Restricting Tobacco Product Coupons   Policy Approaches to Restricting Tobacco Product Coupons and Retail Value-Added Promotions (2013). Overview of tobacco industry price discounting practices, price-related regulatory tools that state and local governments might consider, legal considerations related to these options, and examples of select legislation and regulations restricting tobacco coupons and retail value-added promotions, with comments on the benefits and limitations of each approach.
    International Tobacco Control Organizations & Resources (2013). Compilation of leading organizations that work to advance global tobacco control efforts, along with links to several of their most useful resources.
 Thirdhand Smoke   Thirdhand Smoke:  A Select Bibliography of Recent Studies (2013). A select bibliography of the latest studies on thirdhand smoke, along with brief descriptors and links, where available.
 

Laws, Policies and Regulations:  Key Terms & Concepts (2013).  Updated 2013 fact sheet explaining the difference between common legislative and administrative tobacco-related terms.

Legal Update - Spring 2013   Legal Update - Spring 2013.  This special edition, which focuses on global tobacco control, features contributions from an impressive group of international experts in tobacco law and policy.  It includes assessments of the greatest challenges facing tobacco control in ten countries, an article on the role of international trade and investment agreements in tobacco control by Dr. Benn McGrady of Georgetown University’s O’Neil Institute for National and Global Health, and an feature on global tobacco control and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control by Patricia Lambert, Director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ International Legal Consortium. Patricia is profiled as a leading international champion in tobacco control, as is Laurent Huber, Executive Director of the Framework Convention Alliance and Action on Smoking or Health.  This issue has been translated into Chinese and disseminated to tobacco control professionals in China.
Online Resources for Researching Individuals and Organizations   Online Resources for Researching Individuals & Organizations (2013). Select compilation of online resources that could be helpful in researching individuals as well as front groups, lobbyists, political organizations and others aligned with the tobacco industry.
  Disclosure of Smoking Policies in Multi-Unit Housing (2013). Fact sheet that explains the concept of a smoking disclosure policy for landlords and owners of multi-unit housing, and reviews benefits and concerns for those considering such policies.
Tips and Tools - Cigarette Waste (2013)  

Policy Tools for Minimizing Public Health and Environmental Effects of Cigarette Waste (2013).  Tips and tools for governmental authorities and organizations interested in implementing measures to minimize public health and environmental effects of cigarette waste.

Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit Collection   Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit Collection (2013). Collection of resources designed to inform and support efforts to promote healthy beverage choices and reduce consumption of unhealthy products within workplace settings in Minnesota, with a special focus on healthcare settings.
Who's Your Nanny?  

Who’s Your Nanny?  Choice, Paternalism and Public Health in the Age of Personal Responsibility (2013)  Article in Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, co-authored by Public Health Law Center Director Doug Blanke and law professors Lindsay Wiley and Micah Berman, exploring the forces behind the cultural and political resonance of concerns about public health paternalism, "personal responsibility," and the "nanny state.”

FDA menthol citizen petition  

FDA Citizen Petition – Asking FDA to Prohibit Menthol as a Characterizing Flavor in Cigarettes (2013). Citizen Petition to Food & Drug Administration on behalf of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium and many other national organizations focused on public health and ethnic health outcome disparities, asking the FDA to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes.

Highlights of FDA Menthol Petition
   

Highlights of Citizen Petition to FDA on Menthol as a Characterizing Flavor (2013).  Highlights of Citizen Petition on behalf of many leading national organizations asking the FDA to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes.

Talking Points - 3rd party governance   Encourage the FDA to Implement a Third-Party Governance System for Tobacco Product Research (2013).  Talking points for those interested in commenting on whether the FDA should accept an Institute of Medicine recommendation to implement a system of third-party governance for tobacco product research.
Talking Points - GMP Proposal   Encourage the FDA to Reject the Tobacco Industry’s Good Manufacturing Practices Proposal and to Implement Strong Meaningful Regulations (2013).  Talking points for those interested in commenting on whether the FDA should implement the tobacco industry’s proposal to implement a regulation to govern the manufacturing process for tobacco products.
  Minnesota Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Resources (2013) These resources are designed to support healthcare organizations in taking up the call to reduce and eliminate sugary drinks, and promote healthy offerings, within their campuses.
Ligation Update - 2013   Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act Litigation Update (2013).  Guide to recent and pending litigation that challenges or implicates the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
 Foster Care Table - 2013    

Overview of U.S. Smoke-free Foster Care Regulations (2013).  Table summarizes state smoke-free foster care regulations in effect as of December 2012, with hyperlinks.

 Smoke-free Foster Care Policy Brief - 2013    

Smoke-free Foster Care: Policy Options and the Duty to Protect – A Policy Options Brief (2013).  An updated policy brief that describes the public health rationale for smoke-free foster care, examines smoke-free foster care legislation around the U.S., and presents policy options for jurisdictions considering smoke-free requirements for foster homes.

 Regulatory Options for E-Cigarettes (2013)   Regulatory Options for Electronic Cigarettes (2013).  Fact sheet providing a brief overview of e-cigarettes, their potential health risks, gaps in current federal and state regulation, and some approaches that state and local governments might consider to regulate their use, pricing, sale, and marketing.
 Regulatory Options for Dissolvables (2013)
   

Regulatory Options for Dissolvable Tobacco Products (2013).  Fact sheet providing a brief overview of dissolvable tobacco products, their health risks, regulatory gaps, and some approaches that state and local governments might consider to restrict their usage, pricing, and marketing.

 Regulatory Options for Hookahs (2013)   Regulatory Options for Hookahs and Water Pipes (2013).  Fact sheet providing an overview of health risks associated with hookah use, gaps in their regulation, and policy options for state and local governments to regulate hookah smoking and the use and marketing of hookah tobacco.
Regulatory Options for Snus (2013)  

Regulatory Options for Snus (2013).  Fact sheet providing a brief overview of snus, its health risks, gaps in its regulation, and some approaches that state and local governments might consider to regulate its use, pricing, sale, and marketing.

Regulatory Options for Little Cigars (2013)  

Regulatory Options for Little Cigars (2013).  Fact sheet providing a brief overview of little cigars, their health risks, gaps in their regulation, and policy approaches that state and local governments might consider to regulate their usage, pricing, and marketing.

OTP Select Bibliography   Other Tobacco Products:  A Select Bibliography of Recent Studies (2013).  A listing of several recent studies of five of these products:  dissolvables, electronic cigarettes, little cigars, snus and water pipes (hookahs).
Legal Update (Fall 2012)  

 

Legal Update -- Fall 2012. This special edition, which is dedicated to issues related to the federal regulation of tobacco products, features an interview with, and profile of, William B. Schultz, Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as other resources and information on FDA tobacco regulation, and a salute to Mitchell Zeller, a national expert in public health law.

    Three New Tobacco Policy Publications by Public Health Law Center staff. The November 2012 supplement to the peer-reviewed American Journal of Preventive Medicine features three tobacco policy-related articles written by Public Health Law Center staff members Mike Freiberg, Brooke Nunn, Warren Ortland, and Susan Weisman.
Fed Transportation Bill - RYO FS  

The Effect of the 2012 Federal Transportation Reauthorization Bill on State and Local Regulation of Roll Your Own Tobacco Retailers (2012).  Fact sheet describing implications of 2012 federal policy that classifies as tobacco manufacturers retailers who make RYO tobacco machines available to consumers.

strategies to combat illicit tobacco trade  

Strategies to Combat Illicit Tobacco Trade (2012).  Law synopsis providing overview of illicit tobacco trade within and across U.S. borders, including suggestions on how state and local governments, as well as health organizations, can contribute to the fight against it.

 

Freedom of Information Act and the FDA (2012).  Information on how the public health community can use Freedom of Information Act requests to maximize its impact on the federal regulation of tobacco.

citizen petition fact sheet  

Citizen Petitions: An Underutilized Tool in Tobacco Regulation (2012).  Overview of how tobacco control tobacco control advocates can use citizen petitions to influence the FDA's regulation of tobacco.

  Healthy Vending and the Randolph Sheppard Act (2012) Federal, state, and local governments can increase access to healthy foods and beverages for their residents by requiring all vending service providers to ensure healthier options are sold in vending machines on public property. Legally blind vendors can be particularly influential in what is sold in vending facilities located on government property because of the Randolph Sheppard Act.
 

 

 

Access to Healthy Food:  Challenges and Opportunities (2012) This document provides public health advocates, policymakers, and community organizers with an overview of key policy and legal strategies being pursued to reduce or prevent obesity by increasing access to healthy food.

Prohibiting the Sale of Tobacco Products in Pharmacies

  Prohibiting the Sale of Tobacco Products in Pharmacies (2012) Tips & Tools.  Policy options for restricting tobacco sales in pharmacies and related legal implications and possible challenges to such policies.
Cause & Effect   Cause and Effect:  Tobacco Marketing Increases Youth Tobacco Use. (2012) A compilation of key excerpts from the 2012 Surgeon General's Report, Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young People, including policy options that can help reduce the amount and impact of tobacco marketing where much of the tobacco industry's marketing occurs: retail establishments where tobacco products are sold.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

     

News

Australia’s High Court Upholds Historic Cigarette Plain Packaging Laws

On August 13, in a ruling hailed by health officials around the world, Australia’s highest court upheld the government’s tough new plain packaging act, which prohibits tobacco company logos, branding, colors and promotional text, and requires graphic health warnings, on cigarette and tobacco product packages.  The court rejected a challenge by four tobacco companies, including Imperial Tobacco, Philip Morris Limited and British American Tobacco, which claimed the act violated their intellectual property rights and devalued their trademarks.

New International Status Report on Cigarette Package Health Warnings

The Canadian Cancer Society recently released the Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report , which ranks 198 countries/jurisdictions based on the size of their health warnings on cigarette packages, and lists countries that have finalized requirements for picture warnings.  Considerable progress has been made in this area internationally.  This is the third edition of the report, with previous editions published in 2008 and 2010.  To see the 2010 version of the report, click

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Upcoming Webinars


E-Cigarettes:  Local Options in Light of Federal Action

Date:  July 22, 2014

Time: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Central Time)

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 will explain how the FDA 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.   Presenters:  Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights; Thomas Carr, Director of National Policy, American Lung Association; Maureen O’Brien, Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.  Moderator: Joelle Lester, Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.  Registration information is here.