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TFN E-News Update / July 22, 2021

Reminder: Report Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act Violations Online

If you witness a violation of the Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act (NCIAA), you can report it online. The violation reporting form is available in English and Spanish and even has the option to remain anonymous. More information on the NCIAA can be found on

Cessation Support in Healthcare Settings: New CDC Resources for Clinicians Helping Patients Quit Tobacco

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health (CDC OSH) has released new resources to support clinicians helping their patients quit tobacco. Check out the Healthcare Provider Resource webpage and notice the new Care Settings link option.  When you click on Care Settings it takes you to a page with links to:
Additional Resources for Clinicians

Updated TFN Resource Directory Now Available on Website

The Tobacco Free Nebraska Resource Directory has been updated and is available online. If you have questions about resources or looking for something particular and can’t find it, email We will be glad to help!
Disposable devices report

Monitoring U.S. E-Cigarette Sales: National Trends

report from the CDC Foundation highlights trends in national electronic cigarette sales from January 2017 to March 2021.

Adverse Birth Outcomes Associated with Pre-Pregnancy and Prenatal Electronic Cigarette Use

report published in Obstetrics & Gynecology by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists identified an independent association between low birth weight and e-cigarette use during the last three months of pregnancy.

Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Supreme Court recently upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), preserving the landmark law as written. The ACA has had a huge impact on improving coverage of tobacco cessation, including:
  • Medicaid expansion – the ACA allows states to expand standard Medicaid coverage to cover individuals up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. The ACA also requires Medicaid expansion to cover a minimum set of benefits for tobacco cessation in adults.
  • Cessation coverage in private insurance.
  • The Prevention and Public Health Fund – this fund invests in critical public health initiatives, including the Tips From Former Smokers mass media campaign.

New Study: Quitting Menthols is More Difficult

new large-scale study from researchers at UC San Diego provides new evidence that menthol smokers have a significantly harder time quitting than non-menthol smokers.

Deadline for Required Cigarette Warning Postponed

On May 21, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a motion by the plaintiffs in the case of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. et al. v. United States Food and Drug Administration et al., No. 6:20-cv-00176, to postpone the effective date of the “Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements” final rule. The new effective date of the final rule is July 13, 2022. Additional details on the rule can be found on the FDA’s website.

A Tip From Former Smoker® – Roosevelt’s Ad

Roosevelt never thought that at 45 years old he would have a heart attack due to his smoking. In this CDC Tips From Former Smokers® campaign, he talks about the impact his smoking-related heart attack has had on his life.

Truth Initiative

Quitters: A Series on Quitting Vaping and Giving Up Nicotine

Truth Initiative has released a new six-episode YouTube series that follows young people on their journey to quitting nicotine. The series dives deep into the lives of young people making the decision to quit vaping and the courage it takes to do so.

Smoke-Free HousingUpdated Resources for Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing

The Public Health Law Center has updated six fact sheets and guides on a range of subjects related to adopting and implementing smoke-free multi-unit residences and affordable housing.