Tag Archives: Strategy

Another Story We’ve Heard Before

As (hopefully) everyone in tobacco knows now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products issued its long-awaited proposal to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. This regulation proposes to extend basic authorities found in the Tobacco Control Act to all other tobacco products (including e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, and pipe tobacco), such as:

  • Registration by all manufactures with FDA, including a list of all tobacco products they sell
  • Disclosure of ingredients by manufacturers to FDA
  • Prohibit the sales of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18
  • Eliminate free sampling of all tobacco products
  • Good manufacturing practice requirements
  • Premarket review for any “new” tobacco product
  • Premarket review of any product wishing to make a “modified risk or harm” claim

A week later, this headline caught my eye on the Center’s news article feed on our website. At the end of the article the commentator urges city and county decision makers in Arizona “to wait at least for the FDA to act on the current e-cigarette proposals before proceeding on their own with more regulations.” Read More »

We Have Resources for Your CX Process

Recently, I’ve started getting lots of questions about how many and which communities have passed various local tobacco control policies. This is all part of the CX process that local tobacco coalitions are in the middle of right now. At the Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing, we produce a lot of documents that list the details of policies ranging from tobacco retailer licenses to secondhand smoke ordinances. In addition, we’ve done a lot of public opinion polling over the years, which might also be useful for your coalition to consider.

But with so much information, how do you all figure out what is available for each indicator? There are a lot of indicators, and we have resources for many of them. Here is a quick and dirty summary of some of the information you can find on our website: Read More »

Using Social Media Strategically in your Campaign

Last month Vanessa and I were lucky enough to attend the National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH). Vanessa created an AWESOME poster on our new Capitol Information and Education Days Guide, while I conducted a presentation on using social media strategically in your policy campaign. Read More »

2 days, 16 cities

The Center team spent an intense two days last week doing strategy charts with CBOs in Los Angeles who are working on tobacco control campaigns in cities across the county. In two days we worked on strategy charts for campaigns in 16 different cities where the folks are working on passing tobacco retailer licensing, smokefree housing and smokefree outdoor areas. That’s a lot of Circles of Influences! And what did we learn coming out of this annual event? Well…

Erin: While working with staff from your agency and even sitting down for intense TA with the Center team is important, nothing replaces working on the strategy chart with your coalition members.  They have more knowledge about the community than any of us outsiders, so it is important to ask them to contribute to your strategy. They will feel more empowered and you will get important tidbits of information that can really help shape your work in their community. Read More »

The Internet is your Frenemy

Internet research is a great tool to use in your campaigns, especially when filling out your Midwest Academy Strategy Chart.  Information can be found immediately at the tap of one’s fingertips.  However, there are some issues to consider.  On one hand, search engines can point us to the information that we need, but we may feel confused with irrelevant or questionable information.  How can Internet users improve their searches to find reliable information? What are some strategies to perform effective searches?  Here are some tips that will allow you to search efficiently and to find reliable information online.

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