Health and Safety Warnings and the First Amendment

Concurrent Sessions 7: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm, Thursday, September 23, 2021

Governments have long required health and safety warnings on products that may harm health. However, courts have become increasingly wary of regulations on commercial speech. This session will explore recent jurisprudence on compelled commercial speech, including its impact on new types of health and safety warnings in the tobacco and sugary drink contexts.


  • Sabrina Adler, JD, Vice President of Law, ChangeLab Solutions


  • Flojaune Cofer, PhD, MPH, Senior Director of Policy, Public Health Advocates
  • Joelle Lester, JD, Director of Commercial Tobacco Control Programs, Public Health Law Center