Answers About Tobacco

TFN E-News Update / February 2019

CDC Releases Two Graphics Focused on E-Cigarette Use in Public Places

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created two new graphics to share recent, key research findings. The research showed more than 8 in 10 U.S. adults oppose e-cigarette use in indoor public places. The graphics can be found here:

FDA Seeks No-Tobacco-Sale Orders for Stores with Repeat Violations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has initiated enforcement action against certain retail locations of Walgreens and Circle K Stores for repeated violations on the sale of tobacco products to minors. The agency filed complaints seeking No-Tobacco-Sale Orders (NTSO), which seek to bar two specific retail locations from selling tobacco products for 30 days. Read more here.

FDA to Distribute Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Posters to All High Schools

The FDA is working with Scholastic to distribute “The Real Cost” e-cigarette prevention posters to every high school in the United States. The posters, designed to be displayed in high school bathrooms, aim to educate teams on the dangers of e-cigarette use.

The FDA has also developed two new posters for partners who want to educate youth about e-cigarette dangers. These resources, including the poster above, can be downloaded here.

Free NRT Continues Through the Quitline

Promotional fliers are available to download and share with partners:

CDC Vital Signs Addresses Tobacco Use Among Middle & High School Students

CDC’s Vital Signs for February presents the latest findings on youth tobacco product use. One report takeaway is that nationally there is an increase in e-cigarette use, and this coupled with no change in use of other tobacco products during 2017-2018, has nearly erased recent progress in reducing overall tobacco use among youth. Read more below.

Additional information can be found here.

State-Specific Data on Tobacco Use in Adults Shows Patterns Nationally

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health has published an article in the journal, Preventing Chronic Disease, focused on state-specific patterns of tobacco product use among adults in 2016. Across all states, one key point the study showed was current e-cigarette use was significantly higher among cigarette smokers than among former or never cigarette smokers. Read more here.

Resources for Free Tobacco Control Ads

One way to share the message about health damage smoking causes is to spread the word through marketing. CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers® campaign continues to offer a variety of free resources available on their website. Resources include website buttons and badges, videos, social media images and photos, print ads and podcasts. Read more here.

Additional free resources such as PSAs, print, radio, and digital content can be downloaded from PlowShare. Additional Tips® materials for specific audiences are also available here.

The CDC Media Campaign Resource Center is a third option for obtaining tobacco control messaging. There are many free or low-cost resources available. Resources used from here can be tagged to include your own logo. Read more here.

If you need help navigating and finding what you are looking for, reach out to Ashley with Tobacco Free Nebraska at

Discount Stores’ Tobacco Sales Tied to Higher Pregnancy Smoking Rate

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics focused on the impact of CVS’s decision to end tobacco sales in 2014 and Family Dollar and Dollar General’s decision to start selling tobacco in 2012 and 2013 on smoking rates among pregnant women in the southeastern United States. Read more here.

Truth Creates Resource Aimed at Helping Young Adults Quit E-Cigarettes

The Truth Initiative has recently expanded its quit-smoking resources to include an e-cigarette quit program. This innovative and free resource was created with input from teens, college students and young adults who have attempted to, or successfully, quit e-cigarettes. It will also serve as a resource for parents looking to help their children who now vape. Read more here.

Smoking Cessation Attitudes and Practices Among Cancer Survivors

At the end of 2018, CDC researchers published a new study about cancer survivors and smoking cessation. The study showed that even after a cancer diagnosis, about one in eight cancer survivors continued to smoke. Furthermore, all could have received advice to quit smoking by a health professional, but a third reported they did not. Read more here.

Smoking Can Cause Colorectal Cancer

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. After years of smoking, Julia, a busy working mom, and Mark, a military veteran, each received frightening news. Their doctors found colorectal cancer, which is a danger for all smokers. In this Tips from Former Smokers® ad, Julia and Mark share a tip for dealing with colorectal cancer.

Study Addresses the Healer’s Perspective & Role in Native Relations with Tobacco

A study published in the journal, American Indian Alaskan Native Mental Health Research focuses on the role of healers in curbing the use of commercial tobacco and limiting the exposure to secondhand smoke in ceremonial settings and beyond. Read more here.

Examining the Relationship Between State Cigarette Tax and Life Expectancy

A study published in Tobacco Control suggests that increasing cigarette excise tax rates translates into consequential population-level improvements in life expectancy. The largest effects showed up in low-income counties. Read more here.

How to Implement a Tobacco-Free Policy in a Behavioral Health Community

The National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control, in partnership with the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, have released a step-by-step guide to walk behavioral health organizations through the process of implementing a tobacco-free policy.

This resource provides a framework for creating a task force and leading efforts, along with best practices and guidance specifically for community behavioral health providers. A full infographic is also available. Read more here.

CDC Resources Focused on Aiding in Cultural and Health Literacy

CDC’s webpage on Culture & Health Literacy has a variety of resources on health literacy issues for different cultures and languages, including translation services. Read more here.