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TFN E-News Update / November 2017

Big Tobacco Begins Court-Ordered Ads on Dangers of Smoking

Beginning on November 26, the major U.S. tobacco companies must start running court-mandated television and newspaper ads telling the American public the truth about the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke. 

These corrective statements will run in print and online in about 50 newspapers and for one year on major television networks during prime time. 

The ads, along with social media posts and graphics can be found on the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids website



Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act Complaint Form Available in Spanish

The Nebraska Clean Indoor Area Act complaint form, accessible through the Tobacco Free Nebraska website, has been updated to display content in either English or Spanish. 

Any observed smoking in an indoor public place or place of employment can be reported using this form. All complaints will be investigated. Find the form and more information here


CDC Releases Best Practices: Program Infrastructure in Tobacco Prevention 

As programs are increasingly challenged to secure finding and support, building a strong infrastructure becomes even more important to sustain programs and achieve goals.

This guide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking & Health gives program staff and partners information on how to develop strong program infrastructure. The guide can be found here.


Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Examines Tobacco Use in Workplace

The report shows use of tobacco products was higher among males, non-Hispanic whites and people ages 18-24. Also reporting higher usage include people with no health insurance and workers in the construction, installation, maintenance and repair occupations. Read more here.


“This Is Our Watch” Helps Retailers Understand FDA Tobacco Regulations

The Federal Drug Administration recently launched a new retailer education program, “This Is Our Watch.” The program aims to increase retailers’ awareness and understanding of FDA tobacco regulations, as well as encourage compliance with the law. 

Materials available include: 

  • Posters
  • Register Stickers
  • Regulation fliers
  • Age verification calendar
  • Register signage
  • Instruction booklet

Retailers can order copies of the materials through the Center for Tobacco Products Exchange Lab. More information can be found here.


Researchers Examine Medicaid Expansion and Smoking Cessation

This study shows Medicaid coverage expansions may have helped increase smoking cessation among low-income adults through greater access to preventative health care services, including evidence-based smoking cessation services. Read more here


Updated State Figures Available

Updated state estimates and detailed state toll sheets are now available on the Toll of Tobacco in the United States section on the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids website.

Data from the 2016 BRFSS Adult Smoking Prevalence and2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health are included. Read more here.


Do Social Characteristics Influence Smoking Uptake in Young Adults?

According to a study done by the International Journal of Public Health, young adults where most or all of their friends smoked had greater risk of starting to smoke. Study also examine the influence of these factors in odds of cessation. Read more here.


CDC Requesting Public Comments on Sustainable Approaches to Quitting Tobacco

The information obtained will help inform future activities regarding how to efficiently and effectively help people quit using tobacco utilizing evidence-based treatment options. Written comments must be received on or by January 2, 2018. More information can be found here.


FTC Release Reports on 2015 Tobacco Sales & Marketing Expenditures

According to the Federal Trade Commission, marketing expenditures for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco rose by 3.4% between 2014 and 2015, from $8.6 billion to $8.9 billion. Cigarette marketing increased by 2.6% to $8.2 billion, while smokeless tobacco marketing jumped by 14% to $649.9 million. About 94% of all tobacco marketing expenditures are spent on price discounts. Read more here.


Washington Post Highlights Cigarette Taxes’ Threat to Big Tobacco

Health experts agree that raising taxes is the most effective way to reduce tobacco use. However, as highlighted in thisWashington Post article, because of pressure from tobacco lobbyists, many states have not significantly increased their cigarette fees in decades. As a result, America’s smokers are increasingly concentrated in states where cigarettes are cheap. Read the article here


ALA Releases Hospital Community Benefits & Tobacco Cessation Toolkit 

The American Lung Association recently distributed a toolkit designed to help partners reach out to hospitals and health systems to talk about tobacco cessation in the context of community benefits. Resources are available here


Content Analysis of Internet E-Cig Vendors’ Products, Promos, & Claims 

This National Cancer Institute study highlights the shift that Internet tobacco vendors are making from disposable “cigalike” e-cigarettes to larger tank and “mod” systems. The study also touches on marketing tactics and the increase in popularity of fruit and candy e-cigarette flavors. Read more here


Brian Shares His Tip in Honor of World AIDS Day on December 1

Brian never imagined he could have a stroke at age 43. He was in good health. But smoking, combined with having HIV, caused a stroke when he was doing what he loved most-working at the potter’s wheel. In this video, Brian talks about the day of his stroke and his efforts to recover. 

Find more information on smoking and HIV here


Upcoming Events


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December 15 | Webinar

This webinar will offer case studies for successfully passed local policies restricting the sale of menthol tobacco products. More information can be found here. [/column][column column=”one_fourth”] CDC/ChangeLab Solutions
On demand | Webinar

More information can be found here.  [/column][column column=”one_fourth”] NatCon18 Presentation Submissions
Due December 8 | Presentations given in Washington, DC on April 23-24

More information can be found here

[/column][column column=”one_fourth” last=”true”] American Cancer Society Tobacco Free Generation Campus Initiative Grant

Due January 15 | More information can be found here.


Quick Links 

Nebraska Tobacco Quitline

Tobacco Hurts Business

NE Dept. of Health & Human Services (DHHS)

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