Phasing Out the Sale of Combustible Tobacco

Concurrent Sessions 1: 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm, Tuesday, September 21, 2021

This panel will examine the arguments in favor of phasing out the sale of cigarettes and other combustible forms of tobacco: the policy options available, the potential impact on health and health disparities, and legal considerations. This session will provide participants with a greater understanding of the policy options available to phase out the sale of cigarettes and the legal and political considerations for advocates and policy makers to address.


  • Joelle Lester, JD, Director of Commercial Tobacco Control Programs, Public Health Law Center


  • Ruth Malone, RN, PhD, Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California
  • Carol McGruder, Co-Chair, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council
  • Carol Maytum, MPH, Project Director, Advancing Momentum for Tobacco-Free California Action on Smocking & Health