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How State Laws Preempting Local Authority to Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco Products Adversely Impact Health

How preemption affects tobacco access laws

Fact Sheet
Good Governance
Tobacco Prevention

Laws that restrict youth access to tobacco products can effectively reduce tobacco use among youth.

Unfortunately, some local jurisdictions lack the legal authority to enact “youth access” laws because of preemption. Preemption is the invalidation of one jurisdiction’s law by the law of a higher jurisdiction, and it can prevent local government from being able to address its community’s needs.

ChangeLab Solutions developed this short fact sheet to summarize new research on how preemption affects health behaviors and outcomes, and explains how preemption of local youth access laws is bad for public health.