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Part 2: Minimum Floor Price Laws Webinar

An emerging strategy to reduce tobacco-related socioeconomic inequities

Tobacco Prevention

Increasing the cost of tobacco products is one of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use.

Federal, state, and local governments have employed numerous strategies to raise tobacco prices—for example, excise taxes and restrictions on discounts, coupons, and promotions.

These strategies have contributed to historically low overall smoking rates; however, racial and socioeconomic disparities in tobacco use and tobacco-related harm persist. Emerging evidence suggests that minimum floor price laws (MFPLs) for cigarettes and other tobacco products—which establish a price below which a product may not be sold—may reduce the prevalence and intensity of tobacco use and tobacco-related socioeconomic health inequities.


Part 2 of this series takes a deeper dive into subjects covered in Part 1 through additional case studies from jurisdictions that have adopted MFPLs and new ChangeLab Solutions resources related to MFPLs and other non-tax pricing strategies. Presenters:

  • Further explore the modeling research previewed in Part 1
  • Provide additional information on the development of a user-friendly online tool that local communities in California can leverage to advance MFPLs
  • Discuss gaps in research and data that complicate efforts to evaluate the potential impact of MFPLs for non-cigarette tobacco products such as little cigars and electronic smoking devices


  • Shelley Golden, PhD — assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Derek Carr, JD — staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions