Answers About Tobacco

TFN E-News Update / October 2018


Free Patch, Gum or Lozenges Now Available Through the Quitline

The Quitline is currently providing a two-week supply of over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) at no cost for medically qualified participants. Offer available while supplies last. For more information, visit or call the Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). For Spanish call, 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (335-3569).

Here are some promotional fliers available for download:

Free NRT Flier (English)

Free NRT Flier (Spanish)

No Limits to Rally Youth at Fall Summit

More than 60 youth will participate in the 2018 No Limits Fall Activism Summit November 3-4 in Aurora. The summit is focused on empowering youth to change social norm around tobacco issues. Sessions will cover topics such as No Limits and Big Tobacco 101 and Big Tobacco’s history of manipulative marketing tactics and how youth can create change through strategic steps. The youth will also celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act.

Nebraska’s Success with Smoke-Free Public Housing Featured on CDC Website

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has created a new webpage focused on programs put in action by the state. The work of Tobacco Free Nebraska and its partners was highlighted. Nebraska was one of three states recognized. Read more here.



Governor Proclaims November 12-16 as Tobacco Cessation Week in Nebraska

Governor Pete Ricketts met with tobacco control partners from across the state to proclaim November 12-16 as Tobacco Cessation Awareness Week. Twenty-six state and national organizations are teaming up to promote this awareness event and reduce tobacco use in Nebraska.

Tobacco Cessation Awareness Week events include:

– Monday, November 12, 10 a.m. – Kick off press conference at Hope Lodge, 8030 Farnam, Omaha

– Tuesday, November 13, ACS CAN Policy Forum – Registration/breakfast 8:00, Program 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Buffett Cancer Center

– Wednesday, November 14, TEAM & CHI – Quit Cold Turkey, lunch hour, CHI Midlands

– Thursday, November 15, Great American Smokeout, all day, statewide

– Friday, November 16, MOTAC – Champions for Tobacco-Free Living Luncheon, 11:30 a.m -1 p.m. at Security National Bank, Omaha


Call for Abstracts Open for the National Conference on Tobacco or Health 2019

Practitioners, researchers and other professionals working in tobacco control are encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration for the NCTOH. Submission deadline is November 16, 2018. Final content selections will be made in early 2019 and all submitters will be notified of the final status by early April 2019. The conference will be August 27-29, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN. Read more here.



FDA Launches New E-Cig Prevention Campaign Targeting At-Risk Youth

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched, “The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign to target nearly 10.7 million at-risk youth through digital platforms, social media and in-school ads nationwide. FDA will be working directly with schools and Students Against Destructive Decision (S.A.D.D.) groups to distribute posters. Read more on the campaign here.

Study Shows Impact of Increasing State-Level Cigarette Taxes on Smoking Rates

From 2001 through 2015, increases in state-level excise taxes were associated with declines in prevalence of cigarette smoking. The research published in PLOS One showed the effect was strongest in young adults (age 18-24) and weakest in low-income individuals (<$25,000). Read more here.

Nathan: I Never Smoked a Day in My Life

October 17 was the five-year anniversary of Nathan Moose’s death as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke. Nathan worked in a smoky casino for 11 years. It robbed him of his health and a favorite pastime–tribal dancing. Although Nathan never smoked, secondhand smoke damaged his lungs. After a few years on the job he began to get lung infections and ultimately was diagnosed with bronchiectasis, an irreversible lung disease.

Nathan – Tips from Former Smokers

Research Letter Highlights Surge in E-Cig Use and Danger to Youth Development

According to a research letter printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association, sales of JUUL grew more than seven-fold from 2016 to 2017, and held the greatest share of the U.S. e-cigarette market by December 2017. Read the research letter here and the CDC press release here.

New Substance Use Disorder and Tobacco Resources Available from SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released new documents to serve as resources on implementing tobacco cessation programs in a Substance Use Disorder practice. Read more here.

Counter Tobacco Photo Contest Underway

Want to help showcase what is happening in tobacco retail environment across the country? Counter Tobacco is looking for participants for their 7th Annual Photo Contest. The images collected are crucial to educating the public and furthering the success of state and local tobacco control efforts that seek to reduce tobacco industry activity at point of sale. Read more here.

Study Examines Tobacco Use Among Workers in the Construction Industry

According to research published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, although cigarette smoking has declined among U.S. workers, smoking remains high among construction workers. The study also examines other product use and worker characteristics association with the variation in use rate. Read more here.