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The Lawyers’ Forum is an online community of tobacco control attorneys who share tobacco control information, questions and ideas with one another. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids sponsors forums for Spanish, French, English and Russian speakers. Lawyers may apply to be members of multiple sites.


Members use the Forums to:

  • Discuss common concerns and issues related to tobacco control legal issues
  • Exchange legislative drafting tips and litigation strategies
  • Observe worldwide legislative and litigation trends
  • Share legal documents such as laws and court pleadings
  • Search posts and the document library for subject matters relevant to you
  • Debate, question, advise, and connect with each other

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In order for an individual to become a member of the Lawyers' Forum, the individual must be invited by a current Forum member and must sign a declaration which demonstrates no (or sufficiently indirect) relationships with the tobacco industry. Members also agree to abide by the Forum's Terms of Use.

Topics for Discussion

ENFORCEMENT:
Share your experience with government or civil society’s work to enforce tobacco control laws.

FCTC DEVELOPMENTS:
Share information about FCTC-related work including information on upcoming Conferences of the Parties.

HUMAN RIGHTS AND HEALTH:
Share information about using international human rights instruments to protect the right to life and health.

TOBACCO INDUSTRY INTERFERENCE:
Discuss the legal implications of the tobacco industry’s tactics to undermine strong tobacco control policies and share any legal efforts to counter them.

LEGISLATION:
Discuss the development of sub-national and national laws and regulations in your country that regulate tobacco products.

LITIGATION:
Share your experiences and discuss the development of tobacco control litigation involving governments, civil society groups or the tobacco industry.

MEETINGS/WORKSHOPS:
Share information and handouts with the online network of lawyers relating to tobacco control meetings and workshops.