Senator Justin Wayne introduced LB954 which would take away local communities’ ability/authority to pass “any ordinance or resolution that is more restrictive than the Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act as it applies to electronic smoking devices, including the banning of certain electronic smoking device methods or flavors.” Bill was referred to Health and Human Services Committee and a hearing date has been set for February 17, 2022 at 1:30pm.
Senator Hilkemann introduced LB1230 which will appropriate $500,000 from the Nebraska Health Care Cash Fund for cancer education. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services would contract with an “organization located in Nebraska which provides comprehensive cancer support and education to provide a statewide education program regarding cancer, its causes, and the resources available to support cancer patients.” The bill was referred to Health and Human Services Committee and a hearing was held on February 3, 2022.
Smoking is a major cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD). This #AmericanHeartMonth, learn how quitting smoking can protect your heart by talking to a quit coach at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visiting QuitNow.ne.gov
*Tobacco use has been linked to both Heart Disease and 12 types of Cancer.
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A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention feature article, released Dec 29, 2021, celebrates New Year’s resolutions and helps people manage nicotine withdrawal symptoms as they quit. Related social media posts accompanied the feature article, as well as a partner e-blast with information to promote and share.