August 15, 2016

The Michigan Daily August 10, 2016 by Brian Kuang and Ishi Mori The recently approved city ordinance raising the minimum age of tobacco purchase to 21 in Ann Arbor has been met with a cold reception from local business owners directly impacted by the law. At last week’s City Council meeting, about a …

May 18, 2016

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights: Anatomy of Successful Grassroots Umbrella Group Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) and the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation have been leading the charge to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke since 1976. They started out as a small group of concerned citizens who were tired of breathing other people’s …

April 18, 2016

Miami Herald April 18, 2016 by Fred Grimm Florida mayors would recognize the scenario that led to so much turmoil in North Carolina: A city government passed a progressive ordinance that offended conservative sensibilities out in the hinterlands. The state legislature reacts. And to hell with local autonomy. After Charlotte, …

January 5, 2016

Public health agencies, community partners and activists working at the local and state levels play a critical role in advancing public health. Cities and states act as testing grounds for innovative and progressive policies—like New York City’s smokefree law, Berkeley’s soda tax or Seattle’s paid sick days ordinance—that protect health …

November 11, 2015

Maintaining local authority is essential to both preserving democracy and protecting public health and safety. To that end, we’ve updated our state preemption map to document the growing threat of preemption in six areas:  smokefree laws, e-cigarettes, nutrition, factory farms, paid sick days and guns. Click on any of these six issues, or on your own state, …