Legal Resources for Tobacco Control Advocates Kerry Cork, Staff Attorney Tobacco Control Legal Consortium
What Does LAW Have to Do  With It?
Power of Law in  Tobacco Control <ul><li>2004 article in  British Medical Journal  * </li></ul><ul><li>Out of 10 major str...
Lawyers?
On the other hand . . .
Common Legal Issues <ul><li>Preemption </li></ul><ul><li>Authority to regulate </li></ul>
Common Legal Issues <ul><li>Constitutional challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equal Protection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Su...
Other Common Legal Issues <ul><li>Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Disability </li></ul>
Tobacco Law Centers California Minnesota Michigan Massachusetts New Jersey Maryland Ohio
<ul><li>National network of seven legal centers </li></ul><ul><li>Helps advocates and officials strengthen tobacco control...
Affiliated Legal Centers
Affiliated Legal Centers
Who We Serve <ul><li>Public health advocacy organizations and community coalitions </li></ul><ul><li>Public health officia...
Legal Consortium: Technical Legal Assistance <ul><li>Field questions from around the country </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct beh...
Legal Technical Assistance <ul><li>Help in drafting legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Provide policy / strategy consultations ...
Online Resources <ul><li>Wealth of useful information on websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Updates & overviews of key tobacco...
Tracking TOBACCO Laws: A Minnesota Digest <ul><li>Clear explanation of Minnesota’s tobacco laws </li></ul><ul><li>Explains...
Legal Consortium: Educational Materials <ul><li>Legal synopses </li></ul><ul><li>Research studies </li></ul>
Legal Consortium: Educational Materials <ul><li>Electronic newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>E-blasts </li></ul>
 
 
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Legal Resources for Tobacco Control Advocates

  1. 1. Legal Resources for Tobacco Control Advocates Kerry Cork, Staff Attorney Tobacco Control Legal Consortium
  2. 2. What Does LAW Have to Do With It?
  3. 3. Power of Law in Tobacco Control <ul><li>2004 article in British Medical Journal * </li></ul><ul><li>Out of 10 major strategies for reducing smoking in population, 8 involve legal action </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation, regulation or litigation </li></ul><ul><li>* Jamrozik, K. (2004) ABC of Smoking Cessation. 328 BMJ 759-62 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Lawyers?
  5. 5. On the other hand . . .
  6. 6. Common Legal Issues <ul><li>Preemption </li></ul><ul><li>Authority to regulate </li></ul>
  7. 7. Common Legal Issues <ul><li>Constitutional challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equal Protection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Substantive/Due Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Takings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Other Common Legal Issues <ul><li>Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Disability </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tobacco Law Centers California Minnesota Michigan Massachusetts New Jersey Maryland Ohio
  10. 10. <ul><li>National network of seven legal centers </li></ul><ul><li>Helps advocates and officials strengthen tobacco control policies at local, state and national levels </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinated and staffed by Minnesota legal center </li></ul>
  11. 11. Affiliated Legal Centers
  12. 12. Affiliated Legal Centers
  13. 13. Who We Serve <ul><li>Public health advocacy organizations and community coalitions </li></ul><ul><li>Public health officials </li></ul><ul><li>Elected officials </li></ul><ul><li>City and county attorneys </li></ul><ul><li>Private attorneys and individual citizens </li></ul>
  14. 14. Legal Consortium: Technical Legal Assistance <ul><li>Field questions from around the country </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct behind-the-scenes legal research and writing </li></ul><ul><li>Interpret legal documents </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare “friend of the court” briefs </li></ul>
  15. 15. Legal Technical Assistance <ul><li>Help in drafting legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Provide policy / strategy consultations </li></ul><ul><li>Locate legal resources, precedents and experts </li></ul><ul><li>Train advocates and others on issues of recurring legal concern </li></ul>
  16. 16. Online Resources <ul><li>Wealth of useful information on websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Updates & overviews of key tobacco cases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current news & legislative briefings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pertinent academic literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compilations of tobacco-related laws </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Tracking TOBACCO Laws: A Minnesota Digest <ul><li>Clear explanation of Minnesota’s tobacco laws </li></ul><ul><li>Explains relationship to federal laws, legal settlements </li></ul><ul><li>Online version connects to the laws themselves </li></ul>
  18. 18. Legal Consortium: Educational Materials <ul><li>Legal synopses </li></ul><ul><li>Research studies </li></ul>
  19. 19. Legal Consortium: Educational Materials <ul><li>Electronic newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>E-blasts </li></ul>

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