The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Washington released the following tobacco-related article in the journal Tobacco Control.
Despite progress in the adoption of smoke-free policies, smoking in casinos is allowed in some U.S. states, including Nevada. In 2020, for the first time, a resort-style casino in Las Vegas prohibited smoking voluntarily.
This is the first study to assess PM2.5 levels in a smoke-free casino in Las Vegas. Despite robust evidence about the harms of secondhand smoke, tens of thousands of casino employees and tens of millions of tourists are exposed to high levels of secondhand smoke in Las Vegas casinos annually, with PM2.5 levels 5.4 times higher in gaming areas when compared with a smoke-free casino. Nearly all casinos in Las Vegas continue to allow smoking indoors. The only way to protect people from secondhand smoke exposure is to prohibit smoking in all indoor areas.
The CDC Foundation has posted its most recent National and State Data Briefs highlighting national and state trends in e-cigarette sales from January 2018 through December 25, 2022.
These data briefs provide an update on trends in unit sales of e-cigarettes in the United States by product and flavor type. The briefs do not include online sales or vape store sales and cannot be used to make conclusions about subgroup (e.g., youth) purchasing or behaviors. These estimates are based on the information available at the time of publication and may be subject to updates as more information becomes available.
Accredited courses are now available online, through the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline, for providers looking to receive CME, CNE, or CPE credits.
Every year providers in Nebraska support their patients quitting tobacco by referring them to the Quitline. The courses offered help providers discuss how cessation can increase quit success and reduce the risks associated with tobacco use, including vaping.
Several courses are offered and cover a variety of topics, such as Tobacco Use Disparities for People with Behavioral Health Conditions, Myths About Quitting, Vaping and E-Cigarette Devices, and more. Additionally, providers can refer patients using the new online web referral option or the updated fax referral form. Go online to access tools, resources, and education modules, plus the web and fax referrals for providers ready to help patients quit, at QuitNow.ne.gov/providers.
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit QuitNow.ne.gov to reach a trained quit coach, get access to free quit-smoking medication, and make a plan to quit tobacco for good.