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2008 Tobacco Free Nebraska, E-News Update #3

LB 395 Signed Into Law!
On February 26, 2008, Nebraska Governor, Dave Heineman, signed LB 395 into law. The law will become effective June 1, 2009, and eliminates smoking in enclosed indoor workspaces including restaurants, bars, keno establishments and other workplaces (retail/office space, manufacturing, etc.) and indoor public places. In signing the law, Governor Heineman said “after careful consideration, I signed LB 395 into law today. In weighing the merits of this bill, I took into account the valid concerns about local control and the rights of business owners, as well as the health concerns and the rights of the public to clean indoor air. The public health concern is a critical one and that is why I signed LB 395.” A summary of the law is attached.

Save the Date!
Mark your calendar and plan to attend, the 2008 Tobacco Free Nebraska State conference. This year's theme is "Building a Tobacco Free Future." The conference will be held, Thursday, April 24, at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln. More details will be coming soon!

January 2008 Best Month Ever for Nebraska Tobacco Quitline
A record 190 new callers called the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline in January 2008. Of those, 54% were females, with the majority of callers in the 30-64 age range. Most people reported hearing about the Quitline from TV ads, with calls fielded from 41 of Nebraska’s 93 counties. The toll-free, Nebraska Tobacco Quitline can be reached at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

2008 Nebraska Minority Health Mini-grants
The NE Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity is awarding mini-grants to support projects that target racial ethnic minority populations, refugees, newly-arrived immigrants, and Native Americans. Applicants must be NE community-based or faith-based organizations in operation for at least one year. Local and district health departments are not eligible to apply. Applications are due on the first of the month for projects beginning at least 30 days later. All projects must be completed by December 31, 2008. Visit for an application.

Smoking & Home Fires Campaign
In January, the Smoking & Home Fires Campaign was launched by the U.S. Fire Administration. Every year, almost 1,000 smokers and non-smokers are killed in home fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials. Visit for information about the campaign.

Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Newsletter
The latest issue of the Legal Update, the newsletter of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, features the Legal Consortium’s most recent law synopsis, Light Cigarette Lawsuits in the United States: 2007 plus an overview of light cigarette litigation. The issue also includes updates of several significant tobacco lawsuits.


World Health Organization (WHO) Releases Tobacco Report
The WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008, finds that tobacco use already kills 5.4 million people a year and the epidemic is worsening, especially in the developing world where more than 80 percent of tobacco-caused deaths will occur in the coming decades. Based on science and experience, the WHO has identified six cost-effective solutions – called the MPOWER package – that have been proven to reduce tobacco use.

The Impact of Tobacco Control Programs on Adult Smoking
This study in the February 2008 issue of the American Journal of Public Health analyzed data from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. and found that declines in adult smoking prevalence by state were directly related to increases in state per person investments in tobacco control programs.

Dissolving Tobacco … What Will They Think of Next?
Fuisz Tobacco plans to commercialize film-based smokeless tobacco products. The product is a film strip, similar to breath strips that melt in your mouth, but thicker. The company says that the product is spitless and dissolves entirely in the cheek, without residue to remove from the mouth after use.
Source: PR Newswire, January 15, 2008

Pfizer Updates CHANTIX Labeling
In January, Pfizer updated the CHANTIX label in the U.S. to include a warning that patients who are trying to quit smoking with CHANTIX should be observed for serious neuropsychiatric symptoms, including changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior. The current update, based on ongoing safety review of post-marketing reports, is provided to better ensure that healthcare providers and patients will appropriately consider this information in their discussions about CHANTIX. A causal relationship between CHANTIX and these reported symptoms has not been established. CHANTIX is the first non-nicotine prescription treatment for smoking cessation in almost a decade. It has been prescribed to more than 4 million patients in the U.S. since approval.
Source: Pfizer News Release, January 17, 2008

Where We Look for Help
According to a December 2007 Pew Internet & American Life Project report, more people turn to the Internet to provide information and resources for help with a variety of common problems. The 23% with low or no Internet access turn to TV and radio for help.

Smoking among Low-Income Black Women
The findings of a study in the January 2008 issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research indicated that across smoking categories, the odds of smoking were greater for older women who had less education, lower income, greater perceived stress, and more frequent heavy alcohol use.

Cessation Rates: A Comparison of Young Adult and Older Smokers
According to a study in the February 2008 issue of American Journal of Public Health, young adults were more likely than older adults to quit smoking successfully. Compared with older smokers, young adults were more likely to have smoke-free homes, were less likely to use pharmaceutical aids, and smoked fewer cigarettes per day.

Sustaining ‘Truth’
Findings from a study in the January 2008 issue of Health Education Research indicated that exposure to ‘truth®’ ads was associated with steady positive changes in attitudes, beliefs and intentions to smoke, whereas exposure to Philip Morris ads was associated with more favorable beliefs and attitudes toward the tobacco industry.

Smoking in Movies and Initiation of Smoking by Children
According to a January 2008 Pediatrics study, approximately 80% of children's smoking exposure occurred through movies rated G, PG, or PG-13. Overall, movie smoking may be responsible for at least one third of smoking initiation for children age 9-12.

Self-ID as a Regular Smoker and Desire to Quit Among College Students
A study in the January 2008 issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research indicates that interventions should target students in their early college years, given that habits prior to college, changes in smoking habits while in college, and year in college are associated with students' self-identification as a regular smoker, desire to quit smoking, or plan to quit smoking while in college.

Phillip Morris International Spin-Off
Phillip Morris’ parent company Altria has announced that it is spinning-off its international tobacco unit, Philip Morris (PM) International. PM International plans to introduce new tobacco products aimed at specific countries and markets. One new cigarette undermines smoke-free policies by providing a quicker way to get a nicotine hit, while others use fancier packaging to get around marketing restrictions.
View a Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids press release about the spin-off:

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