Legal technical assistance to the tobacco-control community, 2012-2013

The Foundation's Public Health Law Field-Building initiative was designed to support public health practitioners, their counsel and policymakers in using law to promote, protect and improve health through technical assistance, training, legal analyses, products, and translation and dissemination delivered through a national network of public health law centers and key stakeholder groups.This renewal grant provides continued support for the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium (Consortium) in providing a range of legal technical assistance and resources to the field of tobacco advocacy. The Consortium, a nationally recognized network of legal centers working to strengthen America's tobacco-control policies, helps community coalitions, health professionals, and public officials develop, enact and implement optimal policies, avoid legal pitfalls, and solve legal problems. Deliverables will include continued support for the Consortium to: (1) provide consultation to tobacco-control advocates; (2) collaborate with public-health-law efforts; (3) provide litigation support to city and county attorneys, state attorneys general, and legal counsel representing advocacy organizations and individual citizens; (4) prepare amicus curiae briefs in appellate cases of significance to tobacco control; (5) maintain a database of legal cases challenging smoke-free laws; (6) publish educational materials; (7) provide educational and training presentations at state, regional and national conferences; (8) devote time and resources to a new initiative to strengthen tobacco-control policies in the Southeastern United States by delivering intensive, proactive assistance in that area, and (9) collaborate with national health associations to create and offer training courses for public health officials. The grantee will not use Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds for lobbying.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $449,973.00

Awarded on: 5/4/2012

Time frame: 5/15/2012 - 7/31/2013

Grant Number: 69932


Public Health Law Center, Inc.

875 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, 55105-3076


D. Douglas Blanke
Project Director


Margaret A. Mahoney
Project Director