Answers About Tobacco

TFN E-News Update / March 2022


Refer PatientsNebraska Tobacco Quitline Makes Referring Patients Easier!

The Nebraska Tobacco Quitline has a new referral option for health care providers.

Providers can now refer patients using an online web referral, or the updated fax referral form. Each year a majority of tobacco users try to quit, but less than one-third use FDA-approved cessation medications, or behavioral counseling, to support their quit attempts. With the online referral it is easier to connect patients, who are ready to quit tobacco, to evidence-based cessation services. Regardless of insurance coverage, the Quitline offers Nebraskans free access to quit coaches and help getting free FDA-approved medication (patch, gum or lozenge). The online referral form, along with the fax referral form are available at

2022 Tips From Former Smokers® New Ads

2022 Tips From Former Smokers®

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaign, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, returned February 28, with new ads encouraging people who smoke to quit. This new round of ads will air on national networks and cable television, streaming radio, and online. The campaign will run through September 25, 2022.
New Ads
Tips introduced four new TV ads and four new radio ads. The four TV ads feature Rebecca C. (in two new TV ads), Tonya M., and Michael F. The four radio ads feature Geri M., Rebecca C., Michael F., and Asaad M. The radio ad featuring Geri is about her use of menthol cigarettes.
The campaign has had a significant and sustained impact over the past decade, helping more than 1 million U.S. adults to quit smoking and inspiring millions more to try to quit. Year after year, the Tips campaign has proven its effectiveness while promoting a range of quit services.

Upcoming Events

2022 Nebraska Public Health Conference
April 5-6, 2022 | Lincoln, NE.
Hosted by Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD), UNMC College of Public Health, and the Public Health Association of Nebraska (PHAN).
June 28-30, 2022 | New Orleans, LA.
The National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH) is one of the largest, long-standing gatherings for top United States tobacco control professionals. The event attracts a diversity of public health professionals committed to policies to reduce tobacco use. Save your seat and register today!
Nebraska Conference on Health Equity
April 26-27, 2022 | Virtual
This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit
Smoke-Free Tribal Housing Policies Webinar
March 30, 2022 | Virtual
Hosted by the National Native Network.
Tobacco Disparities Reframing Project
OPEN NOW | Virtual
The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health announce new training resource to help the tobacco control community use new evidence-based framing and messaging.
The new training and other tobacco disparities framing resources are available on the ChangeLab Solutions Google Drive site: Here

Statewide Restrictions on Flavored e-Cigarette

The objective of this study, published on JAMA Network Open, was to assess whether implementation of statewide restrictions on flavored e-cigarette sales in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington was associated with a reduction in total e-cigarette unit sales from 2014 to 2020. These findings suggest that not all e-cigarette users who purchased non–tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes switched to purchasing tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes after policy implementation.
Did banning certain flavors mean a decrease in the use of e-cigarettes? The short answer is yes! Read the finding here.

March Opportunities

  • Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Kidney Month
  • World Kidney Day, March 10th
  • Save Your Vision Month
  • Brain Awareness Week, March 14-20th
  • National Poison Prevention Week, March 20-27th
  • World Oral Health Day, March 20th
  • American Diabetes Alert Day, March 22nd

How the Tobacco Industry is Renewing its Assault on Science

The tobacco industry has reinvigorated its efforts to infiltrate scientific spaces and mislead the public, according to a Truth Initiative® editorial in the American Journal of Public Health that exposes tactics that mirror those the industry used for decades to deceive the public about the health risks of cigarettes.
Industry efforts include sponsoring entire issues of prestigious research journals and participating in tobacco control research conferences, where they present tobacco industry-sponsored research alongside independent, credible public health research, and gain critical insight into tobacco control evidence and strategy. The authors call for strengthening practices to protect scientific research from tobacco industry influence on scientific and regulatory efforts.

Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges

The newly issued report, from the National Institutes of Health, provides a comprehensive snapshot of oral health in America, including an examination of oral health across the lifespan and a look at the impact the issue has on communities and the economy. Major take-aways from the report include:
  • Substance misuse and mental health conditions negatively affect the oral health of many.
  • Healthy behaviors can improve and maintain an individual’s oral health, but these behaviors are also shaped by social and economic conditions.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit to reach a trained quit coach, access to free quit-smoking medication, and make a plan to quit tobacco for good.