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Not in My Backyard! What Can Locals Do to Regulate Other Tobacco Products? (2013)

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

Webinar: The Tobacco Control Act Four Years Later: Living Up to its Promise? (2013)

Monday, June 24, 2013

June 22, 2013, marks the fourth anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, which granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products to benefit public health. Since the Act became law, the FDA has established the Center for Tobacco Products and has begun the work of regulating tobacco products and enforcing those regulations.  In this webinar, speakers will reflect on the past four years of federal tobacco regulation, including successes, disappointments, and hopes for the future.

You Don't Say? Tobacco & the First Amendment (2013)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court held that freedom of speech stops at the right to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater.  But does the tobacco industry have the right to basically say "Smoke!" to the American public?

Wisconsin School Resources Webinar: Recreational Use of School Property (2013)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Public Health Law Center and Transform Wisconsin roll out new resources for Wisconsin schools to promote community recreational use of school property. These resources include a checklist for community use policy and forms, as well as sample recreational agreements.  Presenters also discuss how to work with schools to improve policies and forms to promote physical activity opportunities for community members.

Beyond Cigarettes: Federal Regulation of Other Tobacco Products (2013)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, smokeless tobacco and any other tobacco products that the FDA "deems" to be within its authority. So far, the FDA hasn't issued a "deeming" regulation to assert jurisdiction over other tobacco products, meaning that products like e-cigarettes, hookah, little cigars and dissolvables are completely unregulated at the federal level.

New Tobacco Products: An Overview

Friday, April 5, 2013

As U.S. smoking rates have declined over the last decade, novel non-cigarette tobacco products, often called “other tobacco products” or OTPs have been introduced into the retail marketplace.  This webinar provides an overview of these new tobacco products, what they are, and how they are marketed. The presenters summarize some of the available research on these products and their impact on public health.

Reducing Sugary Drinks in Healthcare Facilities: Starting the Conversation

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

This webinar introduces the Minnesota Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit, a new set of resources geared to support efforts to develop and build healthy beverages programs in Minnesota healthcare facilities.

Palliative Care versus Harmful Exposure: Secondhand Medical Marijuana Smoke in Multi-Unit Housing

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The number of states that have adopted statutes permitting the use of medical marijuana under certain circumstances continues to grow. Accompanying this growth is an increase in questions about how these laws affect smoke-free policies for multi-unit residential properties. This webinar reviewed the interplay between medical marijuana laws and policies addressing secondhand smoke. The discussion covered both private, market-rate properties and federally subsidized public housing and Section 8 properties.

Public Health Law Center Helping Kansas Communities

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Public Health Law Center provides a range of legal technical assistance for the Kansas Health Foundation, including the Healthy Communities Initiative grantees. This webinar provides an overview of how the Public Health Law Center can assist communities with potential public policy approaches designed to support healthy eating and active living.  

Webinar: Knowing the Enemy – Tobacco Industry Tactics

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The tobacco industry has used, and continues to use, many different tactics to hook youth on its products, keep them addicted as adults, and avoid regulation and responsibility for its behavior.  This webinar will take a look at the historical context of the tobacco industry’s behavior and its tactics in areas such as smoke-free regulation, marketing, and tobacco product regulation.  Presenters include Patricia McDaniel, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco; Bronson Frick, Associate Director, Americans

Promoting Smoke-Free Policies for Public Housing

Monday, January 28, 2013

Supporting smoke-free policies for multi-unit public housing is a critical way to reduce health disparities among some of our most vulnerable citizens.  This webinar provided information on the public housing market and acquainted attendees with the terminology that is common in the affordable housing sector.  The presenters discussed recommendations on how to work with public housing authorities and also reviewed legal topics that should be considered when discussing smoke-free policies with public housing authorities. 


Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Initiatives and Liability: Opportunities, Perceptions & Realities

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Various public health policies have proven effective in promoting physical activity and reducing weight gain and obesity. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) initiatives are a topic of conversation in communities looking for ways to promote active transportation. SRTS programs encourage children to make walking and bicycling to school part of their daily routines. However, concerns over accidents, injuries and “liability” may not match the realities.  This webinar provides an overview of the development and implementation of successful SRTS initiatives. 

Pressing the FDA on Menthol

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 granted the FDA the authority to address the crushing public health burden of menthol in tobacco products, especially on youth, African-Americans, and the LGBTQ community. Unfortunately, in the three years since the law was enacted, the FDA has studied the issue but failed to act on this authority. This webinar will discuss what the public health community can do to press the FDA to take bold action on menthol.

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Public Health Journal: Dr. Ed Ehlinger interviews Public Health Law Center's Doug Blanke

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Public Health Journal is a weekly cable television program with host Dr. Ed Ehlinger. Doug Blanke discusses how attorneys and other professionals help community leaders use public policies to improve the nation's health. To view the recording, click here.

An Introduction to the Public Health Law Center

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Public Health Law Center provides legal technical assistance to communities around the country on a variety of public health issues. This webinar outlines the breadth and depth of assistance, with a specific emphasis on support to Minnesota grantees working on Community Transformation Grant (CTG) projects, Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) strategies and Tobacco Free Community (TFC) initiatives.

Current Trends in "Roll-Your-Own" Tobacco Regulation

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The "roll-your-own" tobacco (RYO) industry has exploded in recent years. While the recently enacted federal transportation reauthorization bill takes an important step by classifying retailers who make RYO machines available to consumers as tobacco manufacturers, it solves only part of the combustible, loose tobacco product problem. State and local governments can play an important role in closing remaining RYO loopholes.

Rising to the Challenge—Why and How Health Care Facilities Are Implementing Nutrition Strategies on their Campuses to Prevent and Reduce Obesity

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

This webinar provides an overview of the science behind obesity and chronic disease. It explains why growing numbers of hospitals are taking steps to reduce sugary drink consumption and other healthy eating strategies within their facilities. Finally, it provides information about strategies and tools, drawing on examples from hospitals around the country as well as highlighting work in Minnesota.

Voting for Tobacco Control: Headaches, Hazards and Opportunities

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Why not let the voters decide?  When it comes to tobacco control, the answer can be tricky.  This webinar explores how states and local communities have used ballot measures to support tobacco control, and the advantages and disadvantages of ballot measure strategies.  Julie Ralston Aoki, Staff Attorney at the Public Health Law Center, describes some of the legal and strategic considerations in using ballot measures to advance tobacco control initiatives; Kerry Cork, Staff Attorney at the Public Health Law Center/Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, provides an overview of Nort

Digging into Tobacco Documents: Real Life Examples of How to Advance Tobacco Control (2012)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This webinar demonstrates how tobacco control supporters can search industry documents at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)’s Legacy Tobacco Documents online library, and use them in their work. 

The Promise and Potential Pitfalls in Promoting Outcomes-Based Incentives with Worksite Wellness Initiatives

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

This webinar will provide an interactive discussion of the use of outcomes-based incentives with worksite wellness initiatives and the legal and policy implications of these efforts.

Addressing Health Disparities: Smoke-Free Policies for Public Housing

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The adoption of smoke-free policies for multi-unit residential properties has been increasing exponentially over the last several years.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a strong supporter of these policies because eliminating smoking in individual units protects residents by improving the indoor air quality and lowering the risk of fire.  From this webinar, attendees will learn about the legal considerations involved when adopting and implementing smoke-free policies for subsidized housing.   A representative from HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard reviews recent HUD announcements and initiatives regarding smoke-free policies and the Director of Operations and Property Management from the Boston Housing Authority discusses that authority’s decision to implement smoke-free policies.

Webinar: Healthy Kids, Healthy Child Care

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

This webinar outlines intervention and policy strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity in the child care setting.  Presenters cover the current state of the research, including opportunities for improvement and research gaps.  In addition, presenters provide an analysis of the child care legal landscape, including statutes, regulations and cases. Finally, presenters will cover existing intervention-based resources and promising interventions being used around the country. 

No Smoking, Child on Site! New Smoke-free Policies to Protect Kids

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

This webinar provides an overview of policy considerations for those interested in providing a safe smoke-free environment for children in foster homes, passenger vehicles, child care settings, and playground areas. It also presents regulatory and legislative updates and describes policy challenges and options for jurisdictions considering smoke-free or tobacco-free measures to protect children in these settings.

Public Health Law 101

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This webinar provides a review the legal foundations for federal, state, and local power to protect the public’s health. Presenters discuss “hot topics” such as social justice, health care reform, the Farm Bill, and tobacco control, and the scope of the government's power to develop, enforce, and implement public health laws and policies.

Does it Work? Evaluating Local Early Care and Education Regulatory Change (2012)

Monday, May 7, 2012

On May 8, 2012, Public Health Law Center Staff Attorney Natasha Frost joined other child care experts to present at the Weight of the Nation conference.  Other presenters included Dr. Dianne Ward, Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health; Dr. Laura Kettle Khan, Senior Scientist in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control; and Dr.