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TFN E-News Update / December 15, 2020

FDA to Review Menthol Flavor Petition

Earlier this year, public health groups filed a lawsuit seeking to compel the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to act on a 2013 citizen petition urging the agency to prohibit menthol as a flavor in cigarettes. After unsuccessful attempts to dismiss the case, FDA has stated it will respond to the merits of the citizen petition by Jan. 29, 2021. Comments can be submitted to the citizen petition docket to supplement the petition.

Youth Adult E-Cigarette Use Before and After Coronavirus Pandemic

An article published on JAMA Network examines the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on underage youth and young adult e-cigarette use and access. The study accounts for factors like shelter-in-place orders and nicotine dependence severity.

Tips from former smokers

Free Tips® Campaign Resources Available

Now is a great time to use Tips from Former Smokers® resources to promote smoking cessation within your network. There are many free or low-cost opportunities available.

If you have questions on using Tips materials, reach out to Ashley Wolfe on the TFN team.

Public Support for E-Cigarette-Related Policies Among U.S. Adults

In a nationally representative study published in Tobacco Use Insights, researchers measured public support for a variety of e-cigarette-related policies and assessed differences in support by demographics, tobacco use, geographic region and strength of state-level clean indoor air policies.


New E-Cigarette Policy Resource

The Public Health Law Center has recently released the Policy Playbook for E-Cigarettes. The document provides state and local stakeholders with a framework of policies and practices to pursue, implementation guidelines and case studies.



New Resources to Help with Voluntary Smoke-Free Tribal Casino Policies

The Americans For Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation has published several resources and webinar recordings to help support voluntary smoke-free tribal casino policies.

Enjoy Podcasts? Check Out TCN’s Deskside Briefing Series

The Tobacco Control Network has been hosting a series of 30-minute, audio-only presentations on pertinent tobacco topics. The third virtual deskside briefing features Matthew Rossheim from George Mason University discussing the influence of e-cigarette harm perceptions on support for a tobacco-free campus policy among college students.

New: Tips® Military Service Members and Veterans Outreach Kit

Data shows that active duty military and veterans have a higher tobacco use prevalence than the national average. To help with outreach, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health has released a Tips® Military Service Members and Veterans Media Outreach Kit. The package includes a fact sheet, template press release and a resource package that includes ads, bios and quotes from Tips participants who are veterans, as well as military and veteran social media messages and images.

Resources for Incorporating Tobacco Cessation into Telehealth

Here are several resources that may be valuable in working with providers to encourage incorporating the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline into regular telehealth visits.