Tobacco Free Lancaster County

E-News January 2020

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2019 - A Year In Review

2019 was a big year for the Tobacco Free Lancaster County Coalition. We welcomed two new staff members, new coalition leadership, and a new program coordinator. These changes helped usher in one of the most successful program years to date!

On December 16, 2019, the Lincoln City Council voted unanimously to make several changes to the Lincoln Municipal Code to protect the health of our community. Most notable was the inclusion of vapor products in Chapter 8.50 of the Lincoln Municipal Code. As a result, effective January 1, 2020, electronic cigarette use (vaping) will be prohibited in all places of employment and indoor public places in Lincoln. The change provides clean safe air for all who live, work, play, and learn in Lincoln. Thank you to everyone who helped make this change possible!

In November, the TFLC participated in a very successful Nebraska Tobacco Cessation Awareness week, which included the Great American Smokeout, thanks to many of our partner organizations. Tobacco and electronic-cigarette education was done at local schools as well as an event at Southeast Community College promoting tobacco cessation.

Since March, the TFLC has worked with Youth Task Force partners to host a youth e-cigarette prevention and education themed Health Education Week. The events of the week were held October 21-25. Twelve community partners came together to make this possible. Without them, we would not have been able to reach over 23,000 families in Lincoln and Lancaster County with education and resources to address youth use of e-cigarettes in our community. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible! Your commitment and hard work earned recognition across the community.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy tobacco-free holiday season - see you in 2020!

Minimum Age to Purchase

The Lincoln Municipal Code was also amended to comply with the Nebraska state law changing the age to legally sell tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 19 years of age. This will also go into effect on January 1, 2020. Local compliance checks conducted by Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD), Lincoln Police Department (LPD), and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) will be using age 19 to comply with state law and the City’s ordinance.

Below you will find the Mayor's media release.

Federal Tobacco 21 Act

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Below you will find a link to the Nebraska Attorney's General Office clarifying statement regarding the federal "Tobacco 21 Act".

Red Ribbon & Health Education Week Activities in Review

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LLCHD Tobacco Prevention Program Welcomes New Educator

On October 17th, Sophia Imms joined the LLCHD Tobacco Prevention Team as our third Health Educator. Sophia brings her passion for education and empowering individuals to make healthy and safe choices. Prior to joining our team, she assisted with the refugee population in the clinic at LLCHD, taught anatomy and physiology labs at Southeast Community College, and published two books. Sophia graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and is working on her Master of Public Health through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She enjoys taking on challenging do-it-yourself home improvement projects, exploring new places, and immersing herself in new cultures.

TFLC Launches New Website

In August, the TFLC launched its newly updated website and logo. Visitors can access information about smoke-free housing, youth opportunities, e-cigarettes, tobacco cessation, and more! Visit the site today to see all of the awesome changes. Contact a Health Educator if you would like to see additional information included.

Welcome New TFLC Leadership Board Members!

The Tobacco Free Lancaster County Coalition has filled all leadership positions and now has a complete leadership board.

TFLC Next Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, March 3rd, 9-10:30am

3131 O Street

Lincoln, NE

Join us for the first TFLC quarterly meeting of 2020! The meeting will be held in Health Room 2135 at the west end of the second floor.