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Announcing the Public Health Law Network

The Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law has been chosen as the National Coordinating Center for the Public Health Law Network, a new national resource for those working at the intersection of health and law.  The Network, which opened Sept. 20, provides public health legal expertise to professionals grappling with complex public health challenges – from local, state, federal, tribal officials and their legal counsel to public health practitioners, policymakers and advocates.

The Network connects public health legal experts with those who need help developing, implementing and enforcing laws that solve public health problems. On a broader level, the Network aims to increase the use and effectiveness of public health laws in protecting, promoting and improving public health. Its experts will provide legal technical assistance on many public health topics, and education and training to those working to apply the law to pressing public health issues.

Anyone working in the fields of public health or law can call or e-mail the Network for guidance on how best to apply the law to their particular public health concern and for educational resources on many public health law topics. For more information, visit www.publichealthlawnetwork.org.

To learn about the Network’s vision, click on the video below featuring Dan Stier, Director of the Public Health Law Network–National Coordinating Center.

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Regulating Tobacco Advertising and Promotion: A "Commerce Clause" Overview for State & Local Governments (2010)

Tobacco Control Legal Consortium; PDF, 1.65 MB


Regulating Tobacco Product Pricing: Guidelines for State and Local Governments (2010)

Tobacco Control Legal Consortium; PDF, 348.22 KB



Regulating Tobacco Retailers: Options for State and Local Governments (2010)

Tobacco Control Legal Consortium; PDF, 371.93 KB

  Applying Tobacco Control Lessons to Obesity: Taxes and Other Pricing Strategies to Reduce Consumption

Frank J. Chaloupka & Patricia A. Davidson, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium
PDF, 1.39 Mb


Treating Tobacco Use with Vaccines

The advent of vaccines has helped curb preventable diseases, including polio and whooping cough, but what about a vaccine to treat addiction, like tobacco use? While it may be years before a vaccine is available to treat tobacco use and other addictions, scientists have been exploring opportunities to use vaccines as a smoking cessation aid.

Consortium Submits Comments to FDA on Including all Tobacco Products in Sampling Restrictions

On May 20, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium and Public Health Law and Policy filed comments with the Food and Drug Administration, asking it to amend its “Draft Guidance for Industry: Compliance with Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco to Protect Children and Adolescents.”  The Guidance states that the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) does not restrict the distribution of free samples of cigars, little cigars, pipe tobacco and other “tobacco products.” 

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Public Health Law Network Offers Free Webinar:  “Fracking – Is it Just a Dirty Word?”

The Public Health Law Network is pleased to offer a free hour-long webinar on Thursday, May 19, 1-2 p. m. (ET), entitled ““Fracking – Is It Just a Dirty Word? Environmental and Public Health Considerations of Hydrofracturing.”  Hyrofracturing, or “fracking,” is a process for removing natural gas from rock formations deep beneath the earth’s surface. New approaches to fracking are raising significant questions about whether the process creates unreasonable risk to human and environmental health.

Webinar presenters are: Josh Fox, filmmaker of documentary on fracking, “Gasland”; Conrad D. Volz, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., assistant professor of environmental & occupational health, University of Pittsburgh; and John Quigley, M.P.A., principal, John H Quigley LLC.  For more information, click here.