Welcome To Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Blog

We are the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, a partnership of legal scholars, health experts, and government organizations that works to reduce the use of tobacco in American life. We are an award-winning legal network that focuses on drafting and implementing effective tobacco-control policy. We have experts located in eight legal centers that are all affiliated with each other, and we use their expertise to help communities at the state and local level to address tobacco-related issues like smoke-free policies, laws to control tobacco use via restrictions or taxation, and regulating flavored tobacco, including e-cigarette pods.

We also work with legislatures, city councils, and other governing bodies to draft legislation, regulations, and ordinances. Because of our expertise in designing, enacting, and implementing laws that are proven to work in reducing tobacco use and abuse, government entities have worked with us repeatedly to address tobacco-related problems in their communities.

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About Us

The TCLC is a national, non-profit, collaborative association of law and policy experts. We work with health leaders, public officials, and others to shape positive health outcomes via policy. Our organization is an effective, engaged, evidence-driven group of professionals that has become one of the preeminent sources of law and policy work on tobacco-related issues in the United States.

Our mission is to use the power and promise of law in all of its permutations to improve public health for all Americans.

Here is some of what we offer:

  1. Assistance for government and nonprofit entities at the local, state, and national level to develop legislation, regulations, ordinances, and other policies that will protect and promote public health, especially when it comes to tobacco use and abuse
  2. Defend the public health policies that are working, especially when they come under attack from powerful moneyed interested in the tobacco industry
  3. Give legal guidance and expertise on a range of health-related legal topics, especially where they intersect with tobacco policy
  4. Effectively communicate complex scientific topics to the general public using terminology and explanations that are accessible to the average reader or listener
  5. Work with other public health law and policy experts around the nation and globe to strengthen ties and share ideas
  6. Promote a better understanding of and appreciation for public health through speaking engagements, publications, outreach programs, and more

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Increased Tobacco Use Among Teens

With the rise of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, tobacco use has suddenly started increasing again among teens. This follows a long period of decline after extended public health efforts to teach students about the dangers of smoking cigarettes. E-cigarettes have introduced kids to the idea of “vaping,” or consuming tobacco via liquid pods that are vaporized by the e-cigarette and then inhaled. 

Students are led to believe by the e-cigarette manufacturer that these products are safer than cigarettes because they rely on water vapor, not smoke, to deliver nicotine through the lungs. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Although the method of delivery may mean that consumers are no longer exposed to the heat or tar of many traditional cigarettes, introducing any substance into the lungs other than air still poses health risks, including damage to the lungs themselves. It also does nothing to reduce the other health impacts of tobacco itself on the body overall, including hypertension, hardened blood vessels, heart problems, and so on.

Manufacturers have targeted young people with fruity or candy flavors that have silly names, in an effort to make their e-cigarettes and accessories seem harmless. This can mislead parents, too, who may not realize there is tobacco in the liquid pods with names like “Cotton Candy Crush.” Even though these teens are on the street, we could do some good by getting them a real job. A local dumpster rental company is doing just that in Fresno CA.

Tobacco Retailer Licensing

To effectively combat tobacco use and abuse, one helpful tool is the licensing and regulation of tobacco retailers. If those retailers are subject to licensing requirements, regular inspections, and restrictions, it helps reduce the number of available tobacco purchase outlets and makes the available outlets less likely to sell to unauthorized buyers.

This is especially important when it comes to protecting young people from tobacco consumption. If tobacco retailers are subject to licensing requirements and can lose their licenses for selling to unauthorized buyers, including minors, then they are less likely to run the risk of selling to somebody they can’t verify is authorized to buy tobacco. That reduces the availability of tobacco products for those who shouldn’t be able to access them.

Fines and fees for the licensing regulatory structure can also be used to fund public health campaigns, especially those targeted to prevent or reduce tobacco use. Harm reduction and prevention is always our top priority, so while the extra income from a licensing program would be nice as a general proposition, that money should always be reinvested into public health education and diversion programs. This will ensure that nobody will profit unfairly off of a licensing program, that the fees and fines will be kept at an appropriate level, and that the public is the ultimate beneficiary of any such program.

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Active Living and Healthy Eating

Sometimes, the best way to reduce tobacco use is not through negative consequences but through positive reinforcement. That’s why, in addition to working on the legislative side of things, we also partner with community organizations, including schools and youth centers, to promote lifestyle changes that will make tobacco consumption less attractive.

Students often say that they start smoking because they are feeling stressed out and want to relax. We know from decades of research that the best ways to combat stress are to eat a healthful diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. If we want to incentivize a non-smoking lifestyle, then, one good way to do that is to help students develop these other stress-coping mechanisms. This will make sure that students and others know that when they are feeling overwhelmed, they don’t need to turn to tobacco for relief.