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TFN E-News Update / September 9, 2021

Reminder: Report Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act Violations Online

If you witness a violation of the Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act (NCIAA), you can report it online. The violation reporting form is available in English and Spanish and even has the option to remain anonymous. More information on the NCIAA can be found on
Cessation Medicines Web Content

Cessation Medicines Web Content on

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) launched the second phase of updated Tips From Former Smokers® web content about quit-smoking medicines. These new webpages outline helpful information for selecting a quit-smoking medicine (Which Medicine is Right for You) as well as information on learning how to use the medicines (How to Use Quit Smoking Medicines). In addition, a new page was added to help people manage withdrawal symptoms (7 Common Withdrawal Symptoms).  

Healthcare Provider Clinical Subspecialty Webpages

OSH developed new web content geared toward clinical subspecialists. The Care Settings webpages provide information related to the health impact of smoking, the health benefits of quitting, clinical interventions for cessation, and a call to action to specialty care teams to help their patients quit. Additionally, the pages point to resources for clinical teams and fact sheets that can be printed and shared.

Million Hearts Tobacco Cessation Change Package Tutorial Video

OSH launched a new 5-minute tutorial video to help familiarize clinicians and others in healthcare systems with the Million Hearts Tobacco Cessation Change Package. The video illustrates quality improvement steps health systems can take to make cessation treatment a part of routine patient care.

AAP’s Youth Tobacco Cessation: Considerations for Clinicians Resource

With support from CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a new resource, Youth Tobacco Cessation: Considerations for Clinicians. This brief, practical guide is designed to support pediatric health clinicians in screening patients for tobacco use and providing behavioral and pharmacologic support to help youth quit. The resource introduces an easy, 3-step model, “Ask-Counsel-Treat (ACT),” to guide clinical interactions around cessation. Supplementary material was also created to support implementation of the resource, including an EHR Tipsheet and a webpage on Behavioral Cessation Supports for Youth and Young Adults.

Countertobacco.orgEvidence Summaries and Reports

What does the evidence say? has a range of evidence summaries and reports on topics such as point-of-sale policy trendsdisparities in point-of-sale advertising and retailer density, and how emerging products like heated tobacco products are being marketed and sold across the country. These evidence summaries and reports can help inform media and awareness campaigns as well as inform work to counter tobacco marketing and sales in your community. Check out the latest updates to the Stores Near Schools evidence summary and the newest evidence summaries:
CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health also has several new Scientific Evidence Briefs including on the following topics:

Vaping more than triples odds that young people will use little cigars and other combustible tobacco products

A new Truth Initiative study found that young people 15-21 who use e-cigarettes or ever used JUUL have over 3x higher odds of initiating use of cigars, little cigars or cigarillos (CLCCs), compared with those who never vaped. These findings are the latest in a line of reports showing a significant association between vaping and the use of other tobacco products among young people. READ MORE ►

Updated TFN Resource Directory Now Available on Website

The Tobacco Free Nebraska Resource Directory has been updated and is available online. If you have questions about resources or looking for something particular and can’t find it, email We will be glad to help!

A Tip From Former Smoker® – Tonya’s Story

Tonya M. has heart failure because she smoked cigarettes. A battery-operated heart pump keeps her alive by moving blood through her body. At night, she plugs the pump into an outlet, and tries not to be a restless sleeper.

E-Cigarette Retail SalesNew! E-Cigarette Retail Sales Data Briefs – Monitoring E-Cigarette Use Among Youth

The CDC Foundation has been preparing monthly national data briefs regarding e-cigarette sales, including by flavor type and product type. The most recent update was posted July 23. The data briefs and additional information can be found at As noted on the website, the data briefs do not include online sales or vape store sales. The CDC Foundation has also been posting periodic state-specific data briefs on that site.