Answers About Tobacco

TFN E-News Update / July 2020

FDA Allows IQOS to be Marketed as Modified Risk Tobacco Products

On July 7, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the marketing of IQOS heated cigarettes as modified risk tobacco products with a reduced exposure claim. Even with this action, these products are not safe or “FDA approved,” as there are no safe tobacco products. Read more from the FDA here.

Nebraska Tobacco Quitline Fax Referral Number to Change on August 1

On August 1, 2020 the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline Fax Referral form and number will be changing. The new fax number for providers to use after July 31 is 1-800-261-6259. The current Quitline Fax Referral form and the new form are both currently available on the Tobacco Free Nebraska Healthcare Providers webpage to assist in planning ahead for the change.

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Companies, Including Maker of Puff Bar

The FDA has issued warning letters notifying ten companies of the requirement to remove flavored disposable e-cigarettes and youth-appealing e-liquid products from the market because they do not have premarket authorization. Read more here.

KU Study Shows Positive Return for Boosting Smoking Cessation Benefits

A study by the University of Kansas School of Medicine shows a significant cost savings from expanded tobacco cessation coverage for smokers, resulting in an estimated $225 million economic benefit for the state within ten years. Read more here.

AANP Highlights the Value of Tips® in Helping Patients Quit Smoking

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has highlighted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2020 Tips from Former Smokers® campaign as a tool to assist in helping patients quit tobacco. Read more here.

Parent Preferences for Pediatric Clinician Messaging on Cessation

According to research published in Pediatrics, when it comes to messaging from their child’s doctor, parent smokers identified smoking cessation messages that emphasize impact on their child, with outcomes focused on respiratory health, cancer or general health as most important. Read more here.

Denise H: “I can’t work…I have to take care of Brian. He is my best friend.”

Denise’s Tip®: A Caregiver’s Story

Denise has been taking care of her husband, Brian H., for almost 30 years. Brian has COPD, lung cancer and heart disease from smoking. Denise says the thought of losing her best friend scares her more than anything. Find more Tips® videos here.

Casinos Reopening Smoke-Free to Increase Safety During COVID-19

As casinos across the country re-open with social distancing guidelines and other public health measures in place, many are also going smoke-free. A list of smoke-free casinos can be found here, along with a variety of resources for casinos looking to implement a permanent smoke-free policy.

Nonprofits Sue FDA Over Menthol

The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC) and Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) have sued the FDA for its failure to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes. The complaint asks the court to compel the FDA to fulfill its mandate to take action on the FDA’s own conclusions that a menthol ban would benefit public health. Read more about the lawsuit here.

Truth: Vaping in the Workplace Report

As the nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting employee health is a top concern. A new report from the Truth Initiative focuses on the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace. Read more here.

Sociodemographic Differences in Secondhand Smoke Exposure in the U.S.

A study published in Health Education & Behavior suggests that secondhand smoke exposure may be decreasing in specific at-risk populations but socioeconomic disparities still exist. Read more here.

SAMHSA Guide on Reducing Vaping Among Youth and Young Adults

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new guide as part of their “Evidence-Based Resource Guide Series.” This guide supports health care providers, systems and communities seeking to prevent vaping. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources. Read more here.

Population Modeling Shows Long-Term Impact of Cigarette Status Quo

A population model published in Tobacco Control predicts that under the status quo, 305 million life-years will be lost relating to smoking in the United States between 2018 and 2100, compared to 191.8 million life-years lost if all smoking ceased at the end of 2017. Read more here.

Truth Creates Vaping Lingo Dictionary to Assist in Tobacco Control Outreach

High vaping rates among youth and young adults have introduced many new terms and has made it difficult to keep it all straight. A new resource from the Truth Initiative lays out an overview of some popular words, phrases and general language used to refer to vaping and e-cigarette use. Read more here.

Effect of IQOS on Cigarette Sales: Evidence of Decline & Replacement

According to research published in Tobacco Control, the introduction of IQOS has likely reduced cigarette sales in Japan. The new population impact, however, cannot be assessed with resolving several key uncertainties related to the direct harms of IQOS and precise patterns in the use of both products. Read more here.

Free NRT Available Through Quitline

The Nebraska Tobacco Quitline offers free, confidential support for those interested in quitting tobacco while allowing callers to maintain safe social distancing. Cessation support is available 24/7 by phone and free nicotine replacement therapy is mailed directly to the caller’s home. Fliers are available here: