Answers About Tobacco

TFN E-News Update / August 2018

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New State Tobacco Fact Sheets Available

The Truth Initiative has released updated state tobacco fact sheets, highlighting each state’s tobacco use rates, as well as information on funding for prevention and cessation and tobacco control policies. See how Nebraska rates in each category by clicking here. [/column]


FDA Releases Comprehensive Plan for Nicotine and Tobacco Regulation

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products released their Comprehensive Plan for Tobacco and Nicotine Regulation. The plan places nicotine, and the issue of addiction, at the center of the agency’s regulation efforts. Efforts outlined include foundational rules, a public meeting on premarket review, expediting action on flavors and developing an e-cigarette product standard. Read more here.

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Tips From Former SmokersĀ® Campaign Seeking People to Share Their Story

Are you a former smoker who wants to share your story for the next set of Tips from Former SmokersĀ® ads? CDC is looking for former smokers who are suffering from a serious health condition such as cancer, COPD, heart disease, stroke or other lung disease due to smoking. Deadline is August 31. Read more here.


Christine: I Wanted My Children to Have Memories … Happy Memories

Christine – Tips from Former Smokers

Christine talks about the things she did before her oral cancer surgery to make sure her children would have a happy life if she died. She wrote a handwritten letter filled with life lessons, spent quality time with them to create happy memories, and held a big party filled with supportive friends who could be there to help her children in the event of her death.


Toolkit Available to Help Health Systems Improve How Tobacco Use is Addressed

The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and ClearWay, Minnesota, have created the Tobacco Health System Change toolkit. The kit is comprised of key resources and practical tools to help clinics and health systems improve how they address tobacco use among patients. The toolkit can be found here and more information is available here.



Study: Understanding Smokers Who Report Never Planning to Quit

According to research published in Addictive Behaviors, one in seven U.S. smokers never plans to quit and might benefit from interventions that reflect their hierarchical worldviews and increase their risk perception of combustible cigarettes. Read more here.

FDA’s Real Cost Campaign Shows  $31 Billion Cost-Savings in 2 years

The FDA’s Real Cost campaign, launched in 2014, and has made large strides in reaching youth ages 12-17 in the U.S. who have already experimented with or are open to experimenting with smoking. New research published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine shows that the campaign has prevented nearly 350,000 teens from starting to smoke. Read more here. Infographic available for download here.


New Resource For Addressing Tobacco Use in Behavioral Health Settings

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health has developed a new webpage, “Promising Policies and Practices to Address Tobacco Use By Persons with Mental and Substance Use Disorders.”

The webpage highlights strategies some states have used to address tobacco in behavioral health treatment settings. In addition, the webpage describes other evidence-based strategies to address tobacco use among people with behavioral health conditions. Read more here.

Recovery Month Toolkit Available

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a toolkit to assist with promoting Recovery Month in September. The kit includes media outreach templates, tips for event planning and community outreach and audience specific information on mental and substance use disorders. Spanish resources are coming soon. Read more here.

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Truth Releases Collection of Facts, Stats and Regulations on E-Cigarettes

The Truth Initiative has gathered a collection of information and resources related to e-cigarettes. As the popularity of e-cigarettes continues to grow, the product options seem to be constantly changing. It can be difficult to stay up-to-date on current information. This collection of information is intended to help. Find the above infographic and read more here.



Study: Income Disparities in Smoking Cessation & Smoke-Free Homes in U.S.

Recent research findings show that smoke-free homes could potentially reduce a third of the income disparity in cessation outcomes. This highlights the potential benefits of HUD’s smoke-free policies in reducing tobacco-related harm by increasing cessation among low-income populations. Read more here.

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TECC Releases Digital Resource Catalog

The Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California has released an updated online catalog of resources. Some of the subjects available include e-cigarettes, secondhand smoke, cessation, Tobacco 21 and more. Learn more here.


Updated Resources on Protecting Tenants from Secondhand Smoke

Tenants frequently experience health problems related to drifting tobacco smoke, but may not have the information they need to effectively address the issue. ChangeLab Solutions has recently updated some of their smoke-free housing resources to assist with this. Read more here.