Answers About Tobacco

TFN E-News Update / January 2018

Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy Available Through the Quitline

The Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is currently 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)



Attitudes Toward Potential Federal Tobacco Regulations Among Adults

This study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, examines the attitudes toward four potential federal tobacco regulations, which are:

  • Banning menthol from cigarettes
  • Reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes
  • Banning candy and fruit flavored electronic cigarettes
  • Banning candy and fruit flavored little cigars and cigarillos

Read more here.


Updated 500 Cities Data Released

The 500 Cities project provides city and census tract-level small area estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes and clinical preventative service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States. Data available for Omaha and Lincoln. View data here


Tobacco Control at Community Colleges: Context and Opportunities

According to this study, future tobacco control initiatives at community colleges need to require little infrastructure, minimal staffing and be low-cost, in order to be the most successful. Read more here.

Here are a few more resources on tobacco-free schools: 


FDA Reminds Smokers ‘Every Try Counts’ with New Education Campaign

In January, the Federal Drug Administration released their newest public education campaign, “Every Try Counts”, which is aimed at encouraging cigarette smokers to quit through messages of support that underscore the health benefits of quitting. Read more here


Survey Shows Vaping More Popular Among Teens Than Cigarettes

The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 2017 Monitoring the Future survey shows both vaping and marijuana are more popular than traditional cigarettes or pain reliever misuse among youth. Read more here.


MMWR Focuses on High Tobacco Use Rates Among Military Veterans

In a study published in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, research shows veterans have a higher prevalence of any tobacco product use than non-veterans within all subgroups, except males age 50 or older. Read morehere.


E-Cig Flavor Variety Associated with Frequency of Teen Use, Not Adult

While youth reported less frequent e-cigarette use overall, their preferences for specific flavors and the total number of flavors preferred were associated with more days of e-cigarette use, indicating flavor preferences play an important role in teen e-cigarette use. Read more here.


Reinvigorating Tobacco Control with Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

This viewpoint piece compares the tolls of opioids and tobacco, while highlighting challenges associated with messaging around each one. Read more here


January Marks Anniversary of 1964 Surgeon General Report Alerting Americans to the Dangers of Cigarettes

The 1964 report, Smoking and Health, identified cigarette smoking as the chief cause of lung cancer in men. Smoking was also named as the most important cause of chronic bronchitis and a major culprit for laryngeal cancer. Read morehere.


Research Shows Milestones are Meaningful to Social Media Users

According to a new study from Sprout, the 2017 Sprout Social Index, people are wired to share their more significant life events with those closest to them. Read more about engaging consumers through milestone marketing here.


Experts Push to Include Cessation in Behavioral Health Treatment

In this article, the American Journal on Addictions delves into the issue of addressing cigarette use among people receiving behavioral health treatment. The research shows the benefits of quitting for individuals with psychiatric disorders. Read more here


Health Complications from Smoking Sideline Brian’s Military Career

Brian started smoking cigarettes at age 8. After high school, he joined the Air Force because he wanted a military career. At 35, still smoking and stationed in England, Brian had a heart attack and spent months in the hospital. In this ad from CDC, Brian talks about how he couldn’t serve his country because of heart disease brought on by smoking. 

Brian’s Tip – Tips from Former Smokers


Upcoming Events


[column column=”one_fourth”] Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth – National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference
April 8-11, 2018 | Norfolk, VA

Early Bird Registration through February 11, 2018More here. [/column][column column=”one_fourth”] American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundations – Clearing the Air: An Institute for Policy Advocacy
May 1-3, 2018 | Ridgedale, MO

Register here. [/column][column column=”one_fourth”] Minority Health Disparities Initiative – Annual Conference
February 9, 2018 | Lincoln, NE

Register here.

[/column][column column=”one_fourth” last=”true”] Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids/CVS – Taking Down Tobacco Training Program

Online | More here. 


Quick Links 

Nebraska Tobacco Quitline

Tobacco Hurts Business

NE Dept. of Health & Human Services (DHHS)

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