The New FDA Law: A Green Light for Tobacco Control?

The New FDA Law: A Green Light for Tobacco Control?

A webinar about the FDA's authority to legalize tobacco products

On Tuesday, October 20, 2009, the Technical Assistance Legal Center (TALC) and the Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing (the Center) hosted a webinar on the new law that gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products. Speakers provided a summary of the provisions of the law and the lawsuit brought against it and detailed which tobacco control policies are affected by the law. This webinar was designed to provide guidance for communities about which policies have the green light for moving forward and which policies should be approached with more caution because of legal concerns. Although the webinar focused primarily on California, it may be helpful to those in other states, as well. You can download the webinar agenda and handouts below. Unfortunately, a recording of this webinar is no longer available.

Note: Two of the policies that were designated as "green light" policies in this webinar — keeping tobacco in opaque containers in stores, and banning the sale of flavored tobacco — have been recategorized as "yellow light" policies due to changes in the legal landscape since when this webinar was presented.