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Local Implications of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act


On June 22, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comprehensive authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco products. The new law represents the most sweeping action taken to date to reduce what remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.  Please join us for an educational presentation focused on how the new law affects the tobacco control authority of state and local governments.

Maggie Mahoney and Warren Ortland from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium and the Public Health Law Center will:

  • Share their analysis of the new law, FDA's authority to implement the new law, and possible enforcement mechanisms,
  • Discuss what the new law means for local health departments,
  • Provide an update on pending litigation resulting from the law and recent activities related to the law, and
  • Briefly mention legal issues local jurisdictions should consider when pursuing new policies.

Primary Toolkit:

Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit

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Institutional Author:

Julie Nelson Ingoglia (for Public Health Law Center)




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