POLICY TOOLS

Now that you’re ready to take action to reduce tobacco use in your community, you’ll need tools in order to be able to do so. Active, engaged citizens can make a real impact on how tobacco is marketed, sold, and regulated in their cities, towns, and state. There is plenty of existing work you can draw upon for reference, inspiration, and even some sample language. These policy tools will educate you about current issues and proposed solutions, show you the existing laws in various RI cities and towns, and provide you with model ordinances and information to address tobacco and nicotine use.

 

Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs
These documents provide useful information about tobacco control policies that are currently in the works, including proposals to address issues like raising the smoking age to 21, taxation, tobacco retailer licensing, flavored tobacco products and trending products like little cigars, electronic cigarettes and hookah. Each brief outlines a problem and proposed solution, as well as evidence to support it. They’re great references and useful tools for educating your team and the public about practical ways to address tobacco use.

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State Legislation

Rhode Island Tobacco State Legislation
Some of the most significant achievements in the fight against smoking have come at the state level. Perhaps the best local example is Rhode Island’s landmark ban on smoking in most indoor workplaces, which is now more than 10 years old. Legislation like this is important because of its wide impact, and also because it often leads the way for further legislation on the local level, such as subsequent local ordinances banning smoking in town parks and recreation areas. This archive of state legislation is a valuable resource for evaluating what has already been achieved and what work still needs to be done.

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Local Ordinances

Local Ordinances
Where does your city or town stand on tobacco control? What ordinances have other municipalities already adopted that might be a model for yours? We have compiled a list of existing tobacco control ordinances throughout Rhode Island and organized them by issue. There are existing ordinances that: require all tobacco product vendors to obtain a local tobacco sales license; prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes; and include a best practice definition for “tobacco product.” These are just a few of the many ways that cities and towns can take action to reduce tobacco and nicotine use.

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Current Issues

Current Issues
The tobacco industry is constantly adapting and inventing new approaches to work around existing regulations and ordinances. Tobacco control advocates must adapt too, and be vigilant about the most current issues related to smoking and vaping. Advocates throughout the country are always working to identify new problems and proposed solutions. Three of the most important issues right now are: adding electronic nicotine delivery system products to existing regulations, tobacco retail regulations and raising the smoking age to 21. This section provides resources like model ordinances, policy toolkits, and more to support the ever-evolving effort to curb tobacco use.

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