142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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San Francisco Experience: Origins of the law, the opposition, and the outcomes

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

Bob Gordon, MPH , LGBT Partnership, California LGBT Tobacco Education Partnership, San Francisco, CA
In August 2008, San Francisco, CA became the first city in the U.S. to adopt a No Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies law.  It drew the ire of the tobacco industry and faced push back. One of the national’s largest drugstore chains, and a large tobacco company each filed restraining order requests in attempts to prevent the implementation of San Francisco’s tobacco-free pharmacy law. Courts denied both requests and allowed the law to go into effect as scheduled in October 2008.  San Francisco’s law initially did not apply to grocery stores and big-box retailers, but the city expanded the law in 2010 to include all stores that contain pharmacies after the California Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the large pharmacy chain in a lawsuit that claimed the law violated equal protection rights by not applying to all stores that contain pharmacies. The 2010 expansion resulted in a large grocery store chain filing a lawsuit, which was dismissed by the U.S. District Court in 2011.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
List the names of two cities that have passed a tobacco-free pharmacy ordinance. Discuss the strategies described for success in advocating for tobacco-free pharmacy ordinances.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am author of Guide to Tobacco-Free Pharmacies, an educational toolkit available from the Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California (TECC). And authored the Tobacco-Free Pharmacies page on Wikipedia. Prior to that I helped the city of San Francisco pass the first Tobacco-free Pharmacy ordinance in the United States.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.