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Student Research Assistant Openings at the Public Health Law Center

Are you interested in working at the Public Health Law Center? Our nonprofit group of attorneys and public health professionals work on many public health law topics in the headlines today, including issues related to tobacco control, obesity prevention, and workplace wellness.  Our projects can involve intriguing constitutional issues, regulatory concerns, state and local policymaking, and social justice issues. 

If you're a student in a J.D., M.P.H. or equivalent program, have excellent legal research and writing skills, are able to multi-task and think critically, and can work 10 to 20 hours per week during the school year (and perhaps more in the summer), please consider applying as a research assistant at our organization.  To apply, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Jon Lee at jon.lee@wmitchell.edu.  Please indicate in your email and cover letter if you are work-study eligible.  For more information, click here.


Use of Research in Shaping Formal Legislative Discourse about Childhood Obesity Policies

An exacting review of all formal written materials and oral testimony used by the Minnesota Legislature to consider 13 policy proposals to combat childhood obesity over a recent 5-year period revealed that less than half – 41 percent – cited research-based evidence, and that none cited evidence describing racial, ethnic and socio-economic disparities. These findings clearly leave “room for improvement,” according to Sarah Gollust, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, lead author of a new study published online in August by the American Journal of Public Health.  The study examined the extent to which legislators use evidence-based research findings in the formulation of policies. Childhood obesity is generally recognized as a public health crisis throughout the United States. In Minnesota, as elsewhere, considerable disparities exist with regard to obesity’s impact on sub-populations. To be effective, researchers contend, legislative policies must be based on solid research findings, relevant and tailored to address local concerns, and communicated to legislators in timely and accessible formats. The research team included Rachel Callanan of the American Heart Association - Midwest Affiliate, and Susan Weisman of the Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law.


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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.


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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.

Preemption & Tobacco Control   Preemption: The Biggest Challenge to Tobacco Control (2014). A detailed overview of ways preemption can affect tobacco control strategies, examples of preemptive and non-preemptive legislation, guidelines for legislative drafting, tobacco-related legal challenges to preemption, and other resources.
Why preemption is bad for tobacco control   Why Preemption is Bad for Tobacco Control (2014). A one-pager that explains what preemption is and why it is so harmful to tobacco control efforts.
     

A Dangerous Loophole in the Process for FDA Approval of New Tobacco Products (2014). Fact sheet explaining the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's process for approving new tobacco products and the agency's recent actions on product application.

 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.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

     

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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


Smoke-Free Policies Redux:  Current Status & Current Challenges

Date: Oct. 30, 2014   Time: 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. Central Time

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. This webinar will review the current profile of smoke-free policies around the country and look at several recent local successes.  Attendees will also hear from an official with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on efforts to get a statewide smoke-free law passed in that state.

 Presenters are: Liz Williams, Project Manager, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights; Jim Martin, Director of Policy and Programs, Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; Jill Thompson Hutson, Principal/CEO, Rede Group; and Warren Ortland; Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium (Moderator).  Registration information is here.


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

Date: Nov. 13, 2014   Time: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Time

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to consider what to do about mentholated tobacco products, many states and local communities are not simply waiting for the federal government to act.  They recognize that mentholated tobacco products have a huge and disproportionate health impact on youth and priority populations, and are looking at possible approaches they can take on their own to regulate menthol and other flavored tobacco products.  This Consortium webinar will look at the importance of addressing the problem of mentholated tobacco products at the state and local level, summarize the legal landscape regarding the regulation of these products, and provide lessons learned from two jurisdictions that have taken steps recently to address 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 passed an ordinance in 2013, restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of all city schools.

Presenters are:  Delmonte Jefferson, Executive Director, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network; Jessica Yamauchi, Executive Director, Hawaii Public Health Institute; Kendall Stagg, J.D., Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health; and Mike Freiberg, Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.  Registration information is here.