This seminar focuses on the public health and environmental impact of tobacco use and how the law and public policy have been used to ameliorate that harm. The course begins with a review of the history of tobacco use and the development of epidemiological evidence revealing the enormous health risks caused by tobacco consumption and exposure to secondhand smoke. Through a study of early litigation, culminating in the lawsuits filed by many states against the cigarette manufacturers and others in the industry, students will understand how litigation was used to crack into the industry's vault of secrets, create public awareness of the industry's misdeeds, and instigate increased scrutiny of tobacco product marketing and sales at all levels of government and within the public health community. Among the issues that will be explored are: federal and state efforts to regulate tobacco advertising and sale, tobacco products liability litigation, federal preemption of state regulation, control of environmental tobacco smoke, regulatory policy surrounding “reduced risk” tobacco products, international trade disputes involving tobacco products, and the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Current litigation and legislation are always on the agenda as well. Students in the seminar will prepare a paper, which may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement, on a topic related to the use of law and public policy to advance public health and environmental protection with respect to tobacco use. This seminar can apply towards satisfaction of the Concentrations in Environmental Law and Health Law. Credit/no credit option is available.
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