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WEBINAR – Preemption: Why It’s A Big Deal in Public Health

January 31 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CST

Preemptive policies and preemption-based legal challenges can block state and local advances in tobacco control and public health and derail important initiatives. In this first of a series of Consortium and Public Health Law Center webinars on the impact of preemption on public health and safety, public health experts will provide a general background on preemption and how it has been used to weaken, impede, and defeat tobacco control, healthy eating, active living, and other public health policies. Presenters will also give a quick overview of possible preemption-related issues and challenges to public health laws in the upcoming legislative session.


  • Cathy Callaway, Director, State and Local Campaigns, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • Julie Ralston Aoki, Director of Healthy Eating and Active Living, Public Health Law Center
  • Mark Meaney, Lead Senior Staff Attorney for Technical Assistance, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium

Andrew Twinamatsiko, Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium



Public Health Law Center