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TFN E-News Update / Mid-May 2022

NEW CDC Webpage on Menthol and Cigarettes

Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) webpage: New Content on Menthol and Cigarettes
OSH has added new menthol website content covering the following:
Please visit the OSH website here: Menthol and Cigarettes | Smoking & Tobacco Use | CDC

Comment Period Open on FDA Tobacco Product Standards

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing two tobacco product standards that would:

  1. Prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes
  2. Prohibit all characterizing flavors (other than tobacco) in cigars

These actions have the potential to significantly reduce disease and death from combusted tobacco product use, the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., by reducing youth experimentation and addiction, and increasing the number of smokers that quit.

The FDA is seeking comment on, among other things, how it can best make clear the respective roles of the agency and state and local law enforcement, as well as policy considerations related to the potential racial and social justice implications of the proposed product standards.

Comment Period Open Date: May 4, 2022
Comment Period End Date: July 5, 2022

FDA Links:
o Fact Sheet: Proposed Product Rule

Federal Register Notices:
o Cigar Flavors NPRM
o Menthol in Cigarettes NPRM
o Public Listening Sessions FRN
Submit Comments on Tobacco Products | FDA

Updated Resource AvailableFree Updated Resource Available

Patient brochure, ‘What to Expect’, has been updated to reflect recent changes in Medicaid coverage. This brochure walks the participant through the process and lets them know just what to expect from the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline services. This and other patient materials about tobacco cessation are available for order online through






HUD Recognizes Asthma Awareness Month

Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) is recognizing Asthma Awareness Month. During May, OLHCHH highlights a range of educational materials and research for both the general public including residents and the professionals who serve them.
The 8 Principles of a Healthy Home discuss potential indoor health hazards and steps to take to overcome them. Addressing asthma or allergies a key aspect of the principles. How does a resident know if a home has asthma triggers? OLHCHH Asthma factsheet covers the basics!
Healthy Homes information:
Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home (Consumers)
Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home (Stakeholders)
‘Housing, Health-Related, and Other Professionals’

How Does Nicotine Addiction Affect Youth Mental Health?

Highlights of the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website content include the following:
  • When a person is dependent on (or addicted to) nicotine and stops using it, their body and brain have to get used to not having nicotine. This can result in temporary symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
  • Nicotine withdrawal symptoms include irritability, restlessness, feeling anxious or depressed, trouble sleeping, problems concentrating, and craving nicotine. People may keep using tobacco products to help relieve these symptoms.
  • Youth may turn to vaping to try to deal with stress or anxiety, creating a cycle of nicotine dependence. But nicotine addiction can be a source of stress.
  • What may start as social experimentation can become an addiction.
  • Youth e-cigarette and cigarette use have been associated with mental health symptoms that include depression.

The Evolution of Big Tobacco into Big Nicotine

The latest Truth Initiative Impact Series, “Nicotine Nation: How the Tobacco Industry May Be Addicting a New Generation and Keeping Americans Hooked,” had health researchers join Truth Initiative to discuss the proliferation of new tobacco products that threaten to reverse years of progress made toward ending nicotine addiction. Read More

National Conference on Tobacco or Health
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.
Register Here

Third National Menthol Conference
September 28-30, 2022 | Washington, D.C.
The 3rd National Menthol Conference will bring together tobacco control advocates, community leaders, public health professionals, coalitions, and health departments from across the country to provide a roadmap in the effort to remove flavored tobacco products from the market once and for all.
Register Here

Tobacco Disparities Reframing Project
OPEN NOW | Virtual
The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health’s training resource to help the tobacco control community use new evidence-based framing and messaging.
Find it all: Here

Nebraska Tobacco Quitline Adds Continuing Education Opportunity for Healthcare Providers

Accredited courses are now available online, through the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline, for providers looking to receive CME, CNE, or CPE credits.

Every year providers in Nebraska support their patients quitting tobacco by referring them to the Quitline. The courses offered help providers discuss how cessation can increase quit success and reduce the risks associated with tobacco use, including vaping.

Several courses are offered and cover a variety of topics, such as, Tobacco Use Disparities for People with Behavioral Health Conditions, Myths About Quitting, Vaping and E-Cigarette Devices, and more. Additionally, providers can refer patients using the new online web referral option or the updated fax referral form. Go online to access tools, resources, and education modules, plus the web and fax referrals for providers ready to help patients quit, at


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