Tobacco Product Waste (TPW) is a pervasive problem for both our health and our natural environments. Although we know this is a problem, there has not been as much attention, research, and intervention in this area. 65% of cigarettes are disposed of improperly and cigarette butts make up 34% of litter in California. These statistics refer to combustible cigarette waste, but this is not the only tobacco and nicotine garbage problem we face.
The purpose of this workshop webinar is to educate and increase knowledge of the impact TPW has on the environment in rural California and the policy intervention measures that can be taken to counter the known harms. This webinar will provide capacity building strategies for rural communities regarding the impact of tobacco on the environment as well as examples of TPW interventions and policies that can be enacted locally in your communities, or potentially at the state policy level. This webinar is a collaborative effort of RISE, environmental nonprofit advocates, students, professors, and researchers from various California universities, and the Law and Policy Partnership to End the Commercial Tobacco Epidemic. This two-day series will feature speakers including Dr. Jeremiah Mock, Hudson Kingston, J.D., LL.M. Kyra Hill, J.D., Dyane Osorio, and Casey Cruikshank.