Thomas Stratmann obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland and is currently University Professor of Economics and Law at George Mason University. He has written on fields such as political economy, law and economics, and health economics. He has published in leading economics and political science journals including the American Economic Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Law and Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. His work has been cited in many popular news outlets, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post. Thomas is an expert on Certificate of Need laws and has provided numerous testimonies on this issue to state legislators.
Public health practitioners and tobacco control advocates agree that pre-emption (a higher level of government stripping lower levels of government of their authority over a specific subject matter) has an adverse impact on tobacco control efforts. Pre-emptive state laws may prohibit local tobacco control measures, such as restrictions on marketing and promotion of tobacco products, licensure of tobacco products, smoking in public or private sites, and on youth access to tobacco products.