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TFN E-News Update / December 2017

Let’s Quit Together: Free NRT Promotion Begins January 1

During the month of January, the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is providing a two-week supply of over-the-counter nicotine replacement at no cost for medically qualified participants. 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)



2017 Nebraska Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS) Report Available Online

According to the survey results, cigarette use has shown a significant decline among Nebraska high school students since 1991. Only 7.4% of students surveyed report smoking a cigarette in the past 30 days. National YRBS data will be added to the report once it becomes available. The full report can be found here.


Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Releases State Funding Report

This year, states will collect a record $27.5 billion in revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend less than 3 percent of it on tobacco control, according to the Broken Promises report. The publication challenges states to do more to fight tobacco use. Read more here.


Study Examines Adult Cigar Smoking Patterns and Behaviors

Findings from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study show similarities and differences in user characteristics, tobacco-use patterns and purchasing behaviors of premium, non-premium cigarillo and filtered cigar smokers. Read more here.


Flavors and Price Among Top Influencers in Youth Cigar Purchases

In a study highlighted in Tobacco Regulatory Science, researchers conducted eight focus groups of adolescent and youth adults cigar users. Flavors, price promotions and branding were among the most appealing reported components. Read more here.


Competing Priorities: Mental Health Staff Views on Treating Tobacco Use

In this study published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Veteran Administration (VA) mental health staff struggle with knowing that tobacco use is important, but say they face competing priorities, encounter patient resistance, are conflicted on their role in addressing tobacco, and lack tobacco training. Read more here.  


Quitting is Tough – But They Have Done It and You Can Too!

You can quit smoking! This inspiring television ad features, Beatrice, Wilma and James, three people who successfully quit smoking after many years. They share their practical tips on how to quit for good.

Cessation Tips – Tips from Former Smokers


E-Cig Brand Mocks Tobacco Control Warning Labels in Ad Campaign

New regulations will be coming for e-cigarette manufacturers, as they now fall under the FDA’s authority per the Deeming Rule enacted in August 2016. Ahead of new warning label requirements, one e-cigarette brand (Blu) has been poking fun at this tobacco control policy. Read more here.


Case Study: New Jersey Wellness & Tobacco-Free Recovery Summit 

This case study prepared by the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, describes a state strategy session which brought together select public health leaders and stakeholders to work together to find applicable solutions to reduce tobacco use among individuals with behavioral health conditions. Read more here.


New Resource Offers National, State and Local Cancer Information

Smoking is a risk factor for multiple cancers, including lung, colon, stomach, pancreas, liver, bladder, esophagus and throat. In this resource, created through a partnership between CDC and the National Cancer Institute, users can view cancer statistics, including tables and interactive maps on demographic, risk date, cancer knowledge, incidence and mortality. Resource found here.


Youth Tobacco Use and the Shift to Alternative Tobacco Products

This article in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Use, analyzes patterns and changes in youth tobacco use rates. The data, consistent with national findings, shows that while youth cigarette use is on the decline, non-cigarette tobacco product usage is increasingly common and polytobacco use remains steady. Read more here.  


Documentary Examines Sacred Tobacco’s Role in Native Communities

Reclaiming Sacred Tobacco is a new documentary focusing on traditional tobacco’s roots in Native communities, and on Native-led efforts to encourage community members to turn their backs on the use of commercial tobacco. Find more information here.


UNMC Research: Exposure to Price Promotions is Associated with Financial Stress Among Smokers

According to research recently published in the BMJ Journal-Tobacco Control, there is strong evidence that point-of-sale cigarette marketing is associated with smoking-induced deprivation (i.e. spending too much on cigarettes and not having enough for household essentials like food). Read more here.


Public Comment Period Extended on Modified Risk Tobacco Products, IQOS

The FDA has extended the public comment period on Phillip Morris’ modified risk application for its IQOS heated tobacco products beyond the original November 24 deadline, and announced that it will publish an additional notice 30 days prior to the revised deadline. More information can be found here.  


Teenagers Embrace JUUL, Saying It’s Discreet Enough to Vape in Class

This article from NPR, focuses on the public health concern that comes with JUUL, an e-cigarette that hit the market in 2015 and can be hidden in a closed fist. The device resembles a flash drive and is increasingly popular with high school students. Read more here

Adult Smoking Rates Continue to Underscore Health Disparities

The data on tobacco use rates among U.S. adults show a decline overall, but many groups continue to use tobacco at higher rates than the rest of the population. Read more here.




Upcoming Events


[column column=”one_fourth”] Tobacco Free Nebraska – State Coalition Meeting
January 23 

Please RSVP to Kathy Burklund [/column][column column=”one_fourth”] 13th National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference
April 10-11 | Norfolk, VA

More information can be found here.  [/column][column column=”one_fourth”] Clearing the Air: An Institute for Policy Advocacy, XI
May 1-3 | Ridgedale, MO

Register here

[/column][column column=”one_fourth” last=”true”] Public Health Law Academy trainings

On demand | More information can be found here.


Quick Links 

Nebraska Tobacco Quitline

Tobacco Hurts Business

NE Dept. of Health & Human Services (DHHS)

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