The Benefits of Adding a Private Right of Action Provision
Adding provisions to local tobacco control ordinances
Tobacco control laws are low on the list of enforcement priorities in many jurisdictions.
Funding, staffing, and politics all contribute to this problem. One solution could be to extend enforcement power to those for whom tobacco laws are a priority: tobacco control advocates.
To that end, we have developed a Model Private Right of Action Provision that can be added to any existing or proposed local tobacco control ordinance, including ordinances pertaining to secondhand smoke, self-service displays, land use, or licensing.