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Webinar Discussion of Tobacco Control Act

Monday, February 27, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Upcoming Webinar:
What the Federal Tobacco Control Act Does and Doesn’t Do,
and What More Can Be Done Locally

March 6, 2012 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. PST
Register now!


In 2009, the federal Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (the Tobacco Control Act) gave the FDA authority over tobacco products for the first time. Now, nearly three years later, the law’s effects are being seen across the country, but new local tobacco control laws are more important than ever to counter Big Tobacco’s efforts to hook new customers and keep current customers addicted.

Guest speakers from the FDA and local communities will join staff from the Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing (The Center, a project of the American Lung Association in California) and the Technical Assistance Legal Center (TALC, a project of Public Health Law and Policy) to discuss:

  • Federal Tobacco Control Act enforcement in California—Ann Simoneau, J.D., Director, Office of Compliance and Enforcement, Center for Tobacco Products at the FDA, will outline the FDA’s regulatory progress since the law was created and the actions the FDA is taking now to enforce the law in California and other states.
  • Current federal regulation—Elisa Laird-Metke, TALC staff attorney, will discuss what restrictions on tobacco products are contained in the federal law and regulations, and how pending lawsuits currently affect the law’s enforcement.
  • Creating new local laws—Vanessa Marvin, Director of The Center, will lead discussions with individuals who worked on the creation of new tobacco control laws to learn how those communities acted to regulate flavored tobacco locally. Join us for conversations with:
    • Anne Pearson, who helped develop the nation’s first local law banning the sale of flavored products in New York City, and
    • Janie Burkhart, who worked to pass Santa Clara County’s ban on flavored tobacco as part of a local tobacco retailer licensing law.


Please join us March 6, 2012 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. PST for this engaging discussion about current and future developments in tobacco regulation! Register now.

Source: Public Health Law & Policy 

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