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TFN E-News Update / January 11, 2021

Quitline Fax Referral Form Updated on January 1, 2021

The Nebraska Tobacco Quitline fax referral form has been updated to reflect recent changes to Nebraska Medicaid benefits. The new form needs to be used when providers refer patients to the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline. The updated form can be found on the Quitline Healthcare Providers webpage. For easy access and to ensure you always have the most up-to-date form, save the following URL:

Cigarette Prices, Taxes and the Effect on Tobacco Disparities in the U.S.

In a study published in SSM – Population Health, researchers examine associations between cigarette taxes and prices with smoking behavior. Researchers found that as cigarette taxes increased, smoking in the overall U.S. population decreased, especially among the youngest adult group. The study also explored the limited impact of tax increases due to coupon, price discounts and other industry tactics and hypothesized methods that could be more effective.


ChangeLab Solutions Releases New Report

A new ChangeLab Solutions report, The Planners Playbook: A Community Centered Approach to Improving Health & Equity, offers guidance, resources, and examples on integrating equity in community and policy planning.

Study: Characteristics of Successful Cessation Among Adult Smokers

A research brief published in Preventing Chronic Disease, assessed characteristics and correlates of recent successful quit attempts among U.S. adult smokers. The study affirms evidence-based tobacco control interventions, such as barrier-free access to evidence-based cessation treatment and the importance of reaching populations that face greater barriers to successfully quitting smoking.

Helpful Resources for Promoting Benefits of Calling a Tobacco Quitline

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a website and series of videos answering common questions people may have about calling the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline. These videos and other resources may be helpful in your organization’s outreach and promotion of the Quitline as a free resource to help Nebraskans quit tobacco. Top 10 Questions People Ask about Quitlines, is another helpful resource for developing communication on the benefits.

Listen today: Communicating the Risks of Tobacco Use & COVID-19

The Tobacco Control Network (TCN) has been hosting a series of 30-minute, audio-only presentations on pertinent tobacco topics. The fourth virtual deskside briefing was held on January 11 at 3 P.M. CST, and featured Dr. Brian King, Deputy Director for Research Translation for the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, providing insights on how to best communicate the most up-to-date science on COVID-19 and tobacco use. 


Truth Initiative and Partners Release Vaping Prevention Curriculum

A new national youth vaping prevention curriculum is available for grade 8-12 teachers. Vaping: Know the truth, gives young people the facts about e-cigarettes and offers resources to quit.

ANRF Video Highlights Casino Customers’ Preference for Clean Air

The Americans For Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation released this video highlighting the role customer survey findings played in the implementation of a smoke-free air policy in a casino. The full webinar is also available.

 Public Libraries’ Role as Key Partners in Advancing Health Equity

A Public Library Service survey conducted in 2016 found that nearly 311 million people in the United States, or 96% of the US population, lived in a public library service area, the geographic area for which a public library offers services. An article published in the American Journal of Public Health, delves into the benefits of working closely with public librarians to extend an organizations public health outreach.


FDA, Scholastic Expand Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Materials

FDA continues to work with Scholastic to expand on their collection of free youth e-cigarette prevention materials for middle and high school students. A student magazine and an accompanying teacher guide have been added to already existing lesson plans, activity sheets, a guide for parents to talk to their kids and infographics. These materials are adaptable for remote instruction or independent student work.