The 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) is an accord reached between the state Attorneys General of 46 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and the four largest cigarette manufacturers in America concerning the advertising, marketing, promotion of cigarettes, and compensation for health-care costs connected to tobacco-related illness.
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Menthol cigarettes, which continue to be used disproportionately by racial and ethnic minority smokers, LGBT smokers, and youth, are largely responsible for tobacco-related health disparities among these groups. Despite this, menthol flavored tobacco products continue to be widely available throughout the U.S. In recent years, a growing number of communities have taken steps to regulate menthol tobacco products, including restricting the sale of these products. This webinar gives a brief overview of the U.S.
Heated cigarettes are getting more attention as commercial tobacco product manufacturers tout their marketing success abroad and begin introducing the products into the U.S. market. Although the tobacco industry refers to them as “heat-not-burn” products, this term is a misnomer that attempts to downplay the harm of using these products. This webinar includes an overview of this category of products, describes products currently available on the U.S. market, and explains how heated cigarettes fit into a comprehensive regulatory scheme.
This is the second in our series of Tobacco Control Legal Consortium/Public Health Law Center webinars on the emergence of JUUL, the e-cigarette product that has become extremely popular among kids and adults alike. In this webinar, legal and policy experts discuss the recent steps that the FDA has taken to regulate JUUL and other e-cigarette products, as well as options for state and local governments to supplement and enhance federal regulation.
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Many public health regulations, including advertising restrictions on tobacco products and required warning labels for sugar sweetened beverages, have faced legal challenges as impermissible restrictions on protected First Amendment free speech. While these cases involve complicated issues, legal experts will provide, in easy-to-understand terms, a general overview of the First Amendment and a current assessment of how courts view different types of public health regulations in both the commercial tobacco control and the health eating and active living realms.
This webinar familiarizes participants with JUUL, a relatively new, discreet, and best-selling e-cigarette brand that is very popular among youth and young adults. Policy, legal, and advocacy experts describe JUUL and discuss concerns and emerging reports about youth and young adult use, ease of use without detection, potential health risks, and regulatory gaps and opportunities.
Exploring, creating, or sharing tobacco control strategies or policies? Need the latest federal, state and local resources and data to support your work? This webinar showcases a variety of handy online resources that anyone in tobacco control – local, state, and federal public health advocates and professionals, researchers, policymakers, attorneys, as well as private citizens – will find of use. Presenters highlight a collection of legislative and health data found on the CDC’s State Tobacco Activities Tracking & Evaluation (STATE) system website and the Office on Smoking and Health’s
Preemptive policies and preemption-based legal challenges can block state and local advances in tobacco control and public health and derail important initiatives. In this first of a series of Consortium and Public Health Law Center webinars on the impact of preemption on public health and safety, public health experts provide a general background on preemption and how it has been used to weaken, impede, and defeat tobacco control, healthy eating, active living, and other public health policies.
Major changes are being proposed to the Minnesota Food Code for the first time since 1995. The proposed revisions address a wide range of food safety considerations impacting many areas of the food system, including food processing and preparation, sales and donation across Minnesota. Some of these changes may have particular impacts for local healthy food access and hunger relief efforts in local communities.
Child care providers are a vital part of healthy, thriving communities. Over half of children between the ages of zero and five spend significant time in non-parental child care. These early years are critical for healthy brain development and establishing the habits that last a lifetime. Laws and policies shape how we think of “quality” in child care settings. The Public Health Law Center completed a policy mapping project of the food policy environment for family child care settings in Minnesota.
Marijuana legalization is on the minds of many U.S. policymakers these days. As state and local authorities work through the complex regulatory issues involved in legalizing this drug for recreational use, they often end up grappling with the public health consequences of product regulation. Because the legalization of marijuana is relatively new, many state and local governments have limited experience developing and implementing effective regulatory policies in this area.
This Consortium webinar gives members of the tobacco control and public health community a short refresher on how laws in general – and tobacco control laws in particular – are passed at the federal, state, and local levels. Although the webinar uses examples from tobacco control, the session is of interest to all in the public health world.
The evidence is clear: menthol in tobacco products is a public health risk. Menthol encourages youth to smoke, makes it harder for smokers to quit and is disproportionately marketed to African Americans and other targeted populations. After years of federal inaction, local policy solutions to the problem of menthol are gaining momentum across North America. Join us for an overview of local menthol tobacco restrictions in Canadian provinces and American cities. This webinar provides an update on the Canadian menthol tobacco legislation, as well as the latest on local U.S.
Finding a year-round supply of fresh, local produce can be a challenge for communities across Kansas. Using season extension strategies to extend the growing season can help local farmers and gardeners provide a consistent supply of their crops beyond the traditional outdoor growing season. KC Healthy Kids and the Public Health Law Center are excited to announce the release of a new resource, Local Policy Options: Overcoming Barriers to Season Extension. The resource is designed to help gardeners and farmers in Kansas navigate local policy options to overcome barriers in season extension.
Supporting active living through walking and bicycling provides communities with the opportunity to be physically active and improve health. At the same time, safety concerns can create barriers to community members walking and bicycling. Many local Kansas communities are exploring ways to increase walking and bicycling through policies supporting the development of local sidewalks, expanding rails to trails efforts, and working with railroads to identify safety concerns impacting walking and bicycling, particularly around rail crossings.
Keeping up with the ever-changing federal tobacco control policy landscape can be challenging. It’s complicated, and new developments arise daily. This webinar will discuss the federal political climate and the implications for tobacco control. Speakers will also share the most current information on FDA regulation of tobacco products and HUD’s smoke-free public housing rule. Join the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Lung Association, and the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium as we take a look at federal tobacco control one year post-deeming and beyond.
There are significant connections between community planning decisions and the health of individuals and communities. Comprehensive plans can be effective tools for linking traditional planning elements with public health priorities. The Public Health Law Center is excited to announce the release of a new resource, Kansas Planning Guide: Incorporating Health into Local Community Planning.
Tobacco use is at an epidemic rate among the U.S. homeless population. Although homeless individuals often wrestle with a host of physical, behavioral, and substance use issues, tobacco-related chronic disease remains a leading cause of death among this marginalized population.
Gardening season is fast approaching and community gardeners are gearing up for the next growing season. In anticipation of spring, the Public Health Law Center is excited to announce the release of its new and improved Community Gardening: Policy Reference Guide (2017).
The tobacco industry has a history of using international trade and investment agreements to challenge tobacco control measures, such as plain packaging requirements. This Tobacco Control Legal Consortium webinar will provide an overview of the latest tobacco trade and investment litigation, including this summer’s landmark decision by the World Bank dispute settlement body to dismiss a case brought by Philip Morris International against the government of Uruguay seeking compensation for economic damages caused by the nation’s tobacco control measures.
Staff from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), and the Public Health Law Center will discuss the contents of HUD’s rule, tips for effective implementation of the rule, and ways public housing authorities can go beyond the requirements of the rule to protect public health.
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Communities with limited access to public recreational spaces are exploring opportunities to develop partnerships with schools for the use of school property. Access to safe, affordable and convenient recreational facilities is critical to promote active lifestyles and prevent a range of health problems, including obesity.
This webinar has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE credit in Minnesota. The event code is 228425.
Ten years ago, on August 17, 2006, Judge Gladys Kessler ruled that ten tobacco industry defendants had violated civil racketeering laws as a result of a decades-long, industry-wide conspiracy to deceive the American public about the harmful effects of tobacco use and the industry’s knowledge of those dangers. In the intervening decade, the remedies imposed by the court continue to be litigated and appealed by an industry desperate to avoid responsibility for its actions.
As Minnesota communities look for innovative ideas to provide residents and visitors with good, healthy, fresh food they find that they must navigate legal requirements of the food safety system and are discovering that inspectors from MDA and MDH are valuable partners and resources in these efforts.
This webinar addresses key challenges and opportunities identified by Minnesota communities in their work to increase access to healthy, safe food.