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Current Issues in Public Health Law

FDA’s Proposed Regulation of Additional Tobacco Products Missing Critical Components

The FDA recently took an important step to regulating additional tobacco products by starting the process to bring e-cigarettes, cigars, dissolvable products and hookah under its authority. While this is a landmark in federal tobacco regulation, many in public health believe the proposed regulation falls short in a number of important areas.

Read more about the FDA’s proposal to regulate additional tobacco-related products.

New Legal Resource: School Immunization Waiver Requirements

All 50 states have adopted compulsory immunization laws for school children and all states have also established some form of waiver, or exemption, from receiving required immunizations. Our new issue brief on Compulsory Immunization Waiver Requirements examines the different forms of immunization exemptions and provides examples of the requirements for various state waivers.

View Compulsory Immunization Waiver Requirements resource.

Upcoming Webinars

TODAY: Medical Marijuana – Current Policies and Implications for Public Health

Twenty-one states and Washington D.C. have legalized medical marijuana and eight other states are considering legislation in 2014. As medical marijuana laws expand, state governments and health departments have the daunting task of developing rules and regulations. This webinar will provide an overview of current public health and legal landscape of medical marijuana, with an in-depth look at Illinois and Colorado. Webinar takes place on TODAY, May 15, at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Register for Medical Marijuana Webinar.

May 29: Advancing Tribal Public Health through Law

Tribal leaders, health practitioners, health program directors and staff, and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to learn about the role of law in addressing public health issues of Tribal communities in this webinar. Presenters will provide an overview of Tribal public health law, and discuss examples of legal technical assistance and resources offered to Tribes on public health issues such as the development of public health codes, hunting and fishing rights, and legal preparedness for public health emergencies. The webinar will take place on May 29 at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

Learn more and register for the Tribal public health webinar.

Ask the Experts:

Motorcycle Safety Helmet Laws

A university medical investigator’s office recently contacted the Network to request information on motorcycle safety helmet laws in all 50 states. Laws regulating the use of helmets on motorcycles and other similar vehicles vary widely by state. The Network identified a number of resources that provide comprehensive information on laws in each state.

More about motorcycle safety helmet laws and resources.

Workshop: Newborn Screening — Policies for the Retention and Use of Residual Dried Blood Samples

This pre-conference workshop, taking place at the 2014 Public Health Law Conference, will help participants examine and develop policies related to the retention and use of samples taken from the newborn screening process. Participants will assist each other by sharing drafts, ideas, experiences and questions concerning the issues that should be addressed in the policy — e.g. authority, consent, ownership, confidentiality, use of specimens for quality assurance and research, and destruction of specimens.

Learn more and sign up for workshop.

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