Answers About Tobacco

TFN E-News Update / June 25, 2017

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[column column=”one_half” last=”true”] According to the National Adult Tobacco Survey, over two-thirds of U.S. smokers last purchased cigarettes from convenience stores/gas stations. Other common purchase locations were tobacco discount stores, drug stores and super markets. Read more here. [/column]

The number of middle and high school students who say they are current tobacco users, has dropped from 4.7 in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products. Read more here.

Looking for CME/CE certified trainings? Check out this two-day course, in Gering, NE on July 20th and 21st. Registration is $35 and includes continuing education credits and certification costs.

Developed and presented by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Addiction Psychiatry Division for nurses, counselors, psychiatrist and other behavioral health professionals. The focus is preparing practitioners to effectively deliver cessation services to smokers with substance use and behavioral health issues.

Please see the Treating Tobacco Dependence in Behavioral Health Setting Training flier for more information. 

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Over 45% of U.S. adults believe children’s exposure to secondhand aerosol from e-cigarette products cause little or no harm. According to the Styles Survey, current and former cigarette and e-cigarrete users also have greater odds of perceiving no harm toward children from secondhand e-cigarette aerosol exposure. Read more from the CDC here

Maps with 2015 BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) data are available on the Tobacco Free Nebraska website under Articles & Resources.

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CDC analyzed Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) data from 61 countries across the six World Health Organization (WHO) to examine the prevalence of current tobacco smoking and desire to quit among students aged 13-15 years. The survey found that median current tobacco smoking prevalence among the 61 countries was 10.7% overall. In the majority of the countries assessed the desire to quit exceeded 50%. Read more in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found here.


[column column=”one_half”]A study in Heath Education and Behavior demonstrates the association between media doses and cessation behaviors.Results suggest that CDC-recommended media buys of 800 to 1,000 GRPs (gross ratings points) per quarter are sufficient to generate statistically significant increases in the likelihood of quit attempts. Read more here. [/column]

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The CDC and National Cancer Institute (NCI) are partnering for 30 Smokefree Days, an online Facebook events for those wanting to quit smoking, but who still need to take the first step.

This event page will serve as a resource for people to find support and get helpful tips on how to quit smoking and stick with it. In addition, cessation counselors will answer smokers’ questions and provide guidance. Facebook users can RSVP to the event starting June 26. To receive promotional materials and a link to the Facebook event, sign up here. The CDC Tobacco Free Facebook page (@cdctobaccofree) is also a resource for updates and information.


The EX Program is specifically designed for employers, health systems, and health plans to provide their covered populations. The programs builds on the proven success of EX that has helped more than 800,000 smokers since 2008. EX combines interactive quitting tools, medication support and an online community of current and former smokers. Visit the EX Program website for more information.


A case study by the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium explores Canada’s experiences in outlawing menthol flavored tobacco products and highlights lessons the U.S. can learn from Canada’s success at the provincial and federal levels in addressing the problem of menthol tobacco use. Read more here


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E-cigarette aerosols contain toxic compounds including nicotine, fine and nanoparticles, carbonyls, and some toxic VOCs such as benzene and toluene. Read more in theEnvironmental Health report found here.


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A study in Journal of Health Communications provides preliminary support for implementing broad-based health messaging efforts that focus more on the potential harms of e-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use than on social norms. Read more here.

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