Answers About Tobacco

TFN E-News Update / April 2018

CDC Releases New Tips® Content and Kicks Off National Television Ad Buy

On April 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began airing a new round of hard-hitting ads from the Tips from Former Smokers® campaign on national television, in magazines and online. The 2018 campaign features new content and will run for 25 weeks, from April 23 to October 14. Read more here.


CDC Releases Infographic for Teachers and Parents on JUUL E-Cigarette

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health has created an infographic for teachers and parents about the risks of USB-shaped e-cigarettes for youth. The graphic can be found here.


Study Examines State Tobacco Control Expenditures & Tax Paid Cigarette Sales

This research is the first nationally representative study to examine the relationship between actual state-level tobacco control spending in each of the 5 CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program categories and cigarette sales. Read more here.


Updated Nebraska Youth Tobacco Survey Results Now Available Online

The Nebraska High School Youth Tobacco Survey 2015-2017 can now be found on the Tobacco Free Nebraska website. Data was gathered from surveying Nebraska public school students, grades 9-12. Read more here

National Smoke-Free Housing Listserv Offers Online Forum for Discussion

The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium has created a national listserv to provide public health, tobacco control and housing communities with a platform to discuss issues related to smoke-free and tobacco-free housing. Membership must be requested to access. Find more information here.


Disconnect Shown Between Perceived and Actual Tobacco Use  Among Youth

In this article, published in Tobacco Control, researchers studied youth susceptibility to the influence of social normal and behaviors deemed to be popular or trendy. This study examined teen’s perceived prevalence of e-cigarettes and cigarettes compared to actual rates. Read more here.


Free NRT Opportunity Continues Through Nebraska Tobacco Quitline

The Quitline is currently providing a two-week supply of over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) at no cost for medically qualified participants. Offer available while supplies last. For more information, visit or call the Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). For Spanish call, 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (335-3569).

Here are some fliers for you to share with your partners:

– Free NRT Flier (English)

– Free NRT Flier (Spanish)


Updated Resource Draws Attention to Worldwide Tobacco Epidemic

This 6th edition of the Tobacco Atlas has been released by the American Cancer Society and Vital Strategies. This free online resource and companion book map the nature and magnitude of the tobacco epidemic. Read more here.


Secondhand Smoke Exposure Can Cause Life-Threatening Asthma Attacks

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. In this Tips from Former Smokers® ad, Jessica, a non-smoker, talks about the nights her son spent in the hospital intensive care unit as a result of life-threatening asthma attacks caused by secondhand smoke.  

Jessica – Tips from Former Smokers®  


MMWR Examines Medicaid Cessation Coverage & Barriers to Treatment

Research published in the April 6 CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), examines recent Medicaid changes and the coverage of nine cessation methods. The article called “State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatments and Barriers to Accessing Treatments” can be found here.


New Health Communications Best Practices User Guide Released

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health has published Best Practices User Guide: Health Communications in Tobacco Prevention and Control. The guide focuses on the role of health communications in achieving and sustaining tobacco prevention and control goals. The online version of the user guide can be found here.

New Cessation Toolkit for Medicaid Enrollees Available through ALA

The American Lung Association and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center released an online toolkit aimed at helping officials and public health advocates increase coverage and access to evidence-based tobacco cessation treatments for Medicaid enrollees. The toolkit can be found here.


Asian Smokers’ Quitline Announces Launch of New Website & Resources

The update Asian Smokers’ Quitline is designed to provide immediate access to information and tools.  The site also includes an online catalog of free materials, including fact sheets, flyers and posters. Many of these resources are available in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. Read more here.


Secondhand Smoke Infographic Released by Truth Initiative

Although cigarette-use rates are decreasing in the United States, the number of people impacted by secondhand smoke is staggering. Secondhand smoke causes premature death of 41,000 adults and more than 400 infants every year. Read more in this infographic from Truth Initiative.

FDA Seeks Comment on Tobacco Issues

In July 2017, the FDA announced a new regulatory plan for tobacco and nicotine. Comment periods are open on the following issues

Tobacco Product Standard for Nicotine Level of Combusted Cigarettes – On March 15, the FDA announced an ANPRM aimed at reducing nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. See the summary and submit comments here.

Regulation of Flavors in Tobacco Products – On March 20, the agency issued an ANPRM calling upon all stakeholders to share data, research and information. See the summary and submit comments here

Public Health Impact of “Premium Cigars – On March 23, the agency issued an ANPRM seeking comments and data related to the patterns of use and resulting public health impacts from “premium cigars”. See the summary and submit comments here

Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products – The FDA is seeking comment on a draft concept paper regarding the potential for illicit trade markets to develop in response to tobacco product standard. Read more here.



Upcoming Events


National African American Tobacco Prevention Network – No Menthol Sunday – Find Your Way to Freedom.

May 27 | Toolkit available here.

World Health Organization (WHO)

May 31 | World No Tobacco Day


Quick Links 

Nebraska Tobacco Quitline

Tobacco Hurts Business

NE Dept. of Health & Human Services (DHHS)

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