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Noncommunicable Conditions

Learn about legal issues implicated by public health laws targeting noncommunicable health conditions, such as obesity and smoking.


Noncommunicable conditions can’t be transmitted from person to person. But common noncommunicable conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, still pose significant health risks to a state’s population. A state may try to protect its residents by using public-health laws to reduce risk factors that increase the likelihood of dying from a noncommunicable condition. For instance, state public-health laws may target risk factors like tobacco or alcohol use, unhealthy diets,...