Ubiquitous Externalities: The Environmental Injustice of Single-Use Plastic Tobacco Waste

Concurrent Sessions 4: 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm, Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Toxic trash is choking our oceans and the nation’s poorest communities. The tobacco and single-use plastics industries tirelessly invent new products that create more severe problems for regulators and institutions like schools. This session will describes how plastic and tobacco product waste problems are impacting water quality and creating environmental injustice, and will propose solutions like adaptation (storm water management), traditional environmental law (hazardous waste compliance), and policies to tackle trash and health equity (sales prohibitions and regulation).


  • Kyra Hill, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center


  • Terry Rousey, Youth Tobacco Policy Specialist, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment
  • Angela Haren, Senior Attorney, Director Legal Innovation Program, Chesapeake Legal Alliance