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Public Health Advocacy Institute

at Northeastern University School of Law

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Boston, MA 02115


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Center Webinars

Center staff members have participated in presentations hosted by sister centers.

Tobacco Retailer Density & Environmental Control (11/8/17)
Environment influences perception and behavior: Tobacco companies use financial incentives to shape the retail environment, ensuring its products are prolific, highly visible, and appealing. The result is an illusion that tobacco use is acceptable, common, and nontoxic, all of which are factors in use. A strong presence of tobacco products in the community’s retail environment additionally triggers cravings among tobacco users and those trying to quit. Socioeconomically disadvantaged communities are exposed to more tobacco retailers, more prolific and prominent tobacco advertising in these stores, and more frequent and steeper tobacco price discounts. In this webinar, Policy Center staff discusses the culpability of the tobacco industry in driving health disparities, introduces options for reducing exposure to marketing in the retail environment through restricting where and how tobacco is sold, and identifies areas for collaboration among tobacco control stakeholders.

Mind the Gap: Framing the Relationship Between Community Retailers & Community Health (2/3/16)
Developing effective, values-based messaging is an essential aspect of public health advocacy. In this webinar, Phil Wilbur of the Berkeley Media Studies Group discusses message framing as a crucial part of an overall strategy for tobacco control. Phil explains the concepts and contexts behind public health messages of prevention, and leaves viewers with takeaways for future message development that can help programs link problems to effective policy solutions.

Multi-Unit Housing in New York State: Going Smoke Free (2/24/15)
This presentation provides an overview of smoke free policy considerations and implementation mechanics in multiunit housing. The presenter describes different types of federal and state/local affordable housing, with a focus on features impacting implementation of a smoke free policy and details policy options as they pertain to multiunit housing. Finally, the webinar explores policy considerations for multiunit housing serving special populations, such as therapeutic housing and housing for senior citizens, the disabled, and the homeless.

You Don’t Say? Tobacco & the First Amendment (6/18/13)
Provides an overview of the evolving commercial speech doctrine and explain the different tests that courts apply to laws regulating commercial speech.  They will highlight First Amendment challenges to tobacco control laws and policies, and discuss the potential impact of recent court rulings on the future of tobacco regulation.

Policy Options for Combating Tobacco Industry Price Discounting (4/3/12)
This webinar explains the public health importance of strategies to restrict tobacco price discounting, and it will outline the various options that state and local governments might consider in limiting tobacco price discounting, as well as the legal issues implicated by such policy options.

Regulating Tobacco in the Retail Environment: Walking Through the Corner Store (3/6/12)
This webinar discusses tobacco control policies that apply at the point-of-sale, using the perspective of a customer standing in the midst of a tobacco retailer’s store.  Concepts will include how tobacco products are placed, promoted and advertised within the store, the types of products available for sale, and where the store itself is located. The webinar will discuss both practical and legal issues associated with these policy options.

Policy Options for Restricting Tobacco Sampling and Couponing (2/7/12)
This webinar discusses the impact that marketing strategies have on the price of tobacco products and the effects that price reductions have on consumption rates. It explains the importance of policies prohibiting tobacco sampling and limiting the distribution and redemption of tobacco coupons, and outlines various policy options that state and local governments might consider to limit these industry practices.

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