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TFN E-News Update / October 2023

No Limits Nebraska Mini-Grants for Student-Led Tobacco Prevention Events

No Limits Nebraska mini-grant applications are open! No Limits is offering $500 for one Tobacco Prevention Event and one Public Service Announcement. These grants will give Nebraska teens a chance to create a tobacco-free school campus with student-led tobacco prevention events.

The deadline to apply has been extended to Nov. 17, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. The grants are available for students in grades 7-12+. Technical assistance from No Limits will be provided to grantees.

Students must have one adult sponsor. Once applications are turned in, No Limits will review applications and determine applicant eligibility. Priority will be given to grant applications with a focus on policy change and a plan for media involvement.

There will be a short closing evaluation that is due in April 2024.

View the mini-grant flyer: OVERVIEW FLYER

Learn more and apply here

PHOTO CONTEST: Point-of-Sale Tobacco Marketing Photo Contest (Oct. 10 – Nov. 8, 2023) has opened their 12th Annual Point-of-Sale Tobacco Marketing Photo Contest. Each year, they host this contest to showcase what’s happening in the tobacco retail environment all across the country. These images are crucial to educating the public, educating policymakers, and furthering the success of state and local tobacco control efforts that seek to reduce tobacco industry influence at the point of sale. From Oct. 10 – Nov. 8, 2023, is calling on communities to submit photos documenting the tobacco industry’s pernicious marketing tactics in the retail environment for the chance to win swag.


TOOLKIT: Implementing and Fostering Quitline Referrals: A Guide for Oral Health Professionals

A toolkit released by the American Dental Association offers dentists guidance on managing and how to refer patients to State QuitLines to support tobacco and vaping cessation efforts. The toolkit, Implementing and Fostering QuitLine Referrals: A Guide for Oral Health Professionals, was developed by the ADA’s Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention in collaboration with the North American Quitline Consortium.


FDA Denies Marketing of Six Flavored Vuse Alto E-Cigarette Products Following Determination They Do Not Meet Public Health Standard

On Oct. 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued marketing denial orders to R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company for six flavored e-cigarette products under its Vuse Alto brand. This includes three menthol-flavored and three mixed berry-flavored products, with each flavor being offered in three nicotine strengths. The company must not market or distribute these products in the United States or they risk FDA enforcement action. However, the company may submit new applications for the products that are subject to these MDOs.

Vuse is the most commonly sold e-cigarette brand in the U.S., with Vuse Alto being its most popular sub-brand. Further, findings from the National Youth Tobacco Survey show that Vuse e-cigarettes, which are cartridge-based products, have been the second most commonly reported e-cigarette brand used by youth in the U.S. since 2021.


REPORT: Not Your Grandfather’s Cigar: Cheap and Sweet Cigars Lure America’s Youth, 2023 Update

A new report by Rutgers Institute for Nicotine and Tobacco Studies and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Not Your Grandfather’s Cigar: Cheap and Sweet Cigars Lure America’s Kids, 2023 Update, shows how tobacco companies have flooded the market with cheap, flavored cigars that appeal to kids and have used a variety of marketing strategies to attract young people. Cigar sales have more than doubled in the past 20 years, and this increase has been driven by sales of smaller cigars that are usually flavored and marketed in ways that attract kids. Key findings from the report include:

  • Cigar manufacturers have flooded the market with flavored cigars.
  • Flavored cigars have fueled the popularity of cigars among youth.
  • Young people smoke cigars, especially Black youth.
  • Cigar smoking harms health.
  • Cigar makers continue to aggressively market cigars in ways that appeal to youth


NEBRASKA TOBACCO QUITLINE TRAININGS: Tobacco Free Nebraska Presents Quitline Trainings for Oral Health Providers and Community Organizations


This virtual training will equip healthcare providers with valuable insights into the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline’s services and other resources for assisting tobacco users in an oral health setting.

View the training flyer for more details.

Oct. 26, 2023, from 12-1 p.m. CT
Nov. 16, 2023, from 12-1 p.m. CT
Dec. 7. 2023, from 12-1 p.m. CT


This virtual training is a resource for community organizations to learn about connecting tobacco users to the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline’s free coaching services and other resources.

View the training flyer for my details.

Nov. 1, 2023, from 2-3 p.m. CT
Dec. 6, 2023, from 2-3 p.m. CT
Jan. 10, 2024, from 12-1 p.m. CT


Tobacco Endgame Matters Podcast Episode 11: The Truth about the Tobacco Industry’s Influence, featuring Truth Initiative CEO and Youth Ambassador

In this podcast episode from Action on Smoking & Health, Robin Koval, Truth Initiative CEO and President, and Jordan Watkins, Truth ambassador and doctoral student at the University of Alabama, join ASH’s Policy Director, Chris Bostic, for a conversation about Truth Initiative’s new position paper, Gamechanger: Shifting from Tobacco Control to Ending the Industry’s Influence for Good. They also go into detail about realistic goals for Endgame and the impacts on communities most affected by the tobacco industry.


Felicita R.

Felicita thought smoking made her look cool when she started at age 12. She grew up in New York with a rich Puerto Rican heritage and many family members who smoked. In fact, her mother gave Felicita permission to smoke, as long as she paid for her own cigarettes. And so began 33 years of smoking. Felicita smoked about 1 ½ packs a day.

At age 50, Felicita went to the dentist to have one tooth pulled and learned that all her teeth needed to come out. She was a smoker and had severe gum disease. Felicita had already lost some teeth, but losing every last tooth in her mouth came as a terrible shock. Like many people with gum disease, she did not have a lot of pain as the disease got worse. But the tissues and bone structures holding her teeth in place were breaking down. Felicita’s dentist pulled out 23 teeth and fitted her for false teeth (dentures).

“It was very, very hard,” says Felicita. It took a month for her mouth to heal from surgery. She had to learn how to eat, drink, and talk all over again. Felicita doesn’t like the way her dentures fit, so she only uses the top set, and her mouth gets sore easily. She eats only soft foods or puts her meals in a blender—even lettuce.

Today, at age 54, Felicita loves being a nonsmoker. “I feel much better. I feel like I came back to life,” Felicita says. But she doesn’t like to eat out, where people sometimes stare at the way she slurps her food—and there’s a chance that her ill-fitting dentures could fall into her soup. Felicita hopes that her story will help other people quit smoking.


Tobacco Cessation and Behavioral Health Workgroup
Oct. 30, 2023 | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. CT
During this meeting, individuals will focus on the workgroup’s mission to collaborate, establish projects for the workgroup, share resources and align goals across the state of Nebraska, with the aim of increasing tobacco cessation programming in behavioral health services.

Email to register

Nebraska Tobacco Disparities Partnership Meeting
Dec.13, 2023 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. CT
The Nebraska Tobacco Disparities Partnership is a vibrant network of people and organizations from across the state that focuses on reducing tobacco-related disparities among Nebraska’s diverse populations. The Nebraska Tobacco Disparities Partnership works to provide the information, resources and support that these populations need to prevent youth from using tobacco, and to help current tobacco users quit.


Tobacco Free Nebraska Quarterly Coalition Meeting
Jan. 24, 2024 | 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. CT
Tobacco Free Nebraska is hosting a virtual State Coalition Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. CT/8:30-10:00 a.m. MT.


SAVE THE DATE: National Conference on Tobacco or Health
Aug. 26-28, 2025 | Chicago, Illinois

The National Conference on Tobacco or Health is one of the largest, long-standing gatherings for top United States tobacco control professionals.

This convening attracts a diversity of attendees committed to best practices and policies to reduce tobacco use, which is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States.


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


FREE Resources Available through the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline Order Form

This online order form provides the option to preview, order, download and print free and updated promotional resources such as brochures, window clings, magnets, information sheets and more with information about the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline. Most materials are available in both Spanish and English. Please order or use these free materials as needed. 


Upcoming Monthly Health Observances and Awareness Days


  • American Diabetes Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month
  • Bladder Health Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • National Healthy Skin Month
  • Prematurity Awareness Month
  • COPD Awareness Month
  • National Stress Awareness Day, Nov. 1, 2023
  • Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2023
  • Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 12-18, 2023
  • World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14, 2023
  • COPD Awareness Day, Nov. 15, 2023
  • GIS Day, Nov. 15, 2023
  • National Rural Health Day, Nov. 16, 2023
  • American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout (GASO), Nov. 16, 2023
  • World Prematurity Day, Nov. 17, 2023
  • International Men’s Day, Nov. 19, 2023
  • Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, 2023

Nebraska Tobacco Quitline Offers Resources 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 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.