Tobacco Free Lancaster County

E-News July 2018

Youth and Electronic Cigarettes

In Nebraska, 9% of high school students have used an electronic cigarette within the last 30 days.* Compared to only 7% high school students reporting smoking cigarettes in the last 30 days.* Youth who use electronic cigarettes are 7x's more likely to smoke cigarettes within a year than those who don't use electronic cigarettes.**

*2017 Youth Tobacco Survey and 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Study

**Pub Med 2018

Raising Awareness about JUUL

Lincoln-Lancaster County public health educators have been increasing awareness throughout the community about electronic cigarettes. They are not just harmless water vapor and the rising popularity of a particular brand of electronic cigarette, JUUL, is concerning. Lincoln Public Schools, Raymond Central Public Schools and Boys and Girls Club have received in-person staff development training about potential hazards of youth using electronic cigarettes and how to spot the behavior. See our #vaping video (5 minutes) for more information or the 15 minute staff development video.

The amount of nicotine in one JUUL pod is equal to the amount of nicotine in a pack of cigarettes

The video below was produced by student Jack Waxman, from Westchester County New York featuring fellow students addicted to JUUL.

Public Service Announcements Increase Community Safety

Since January 2018 there have been 14 cigarette related fires in Lincoln. Twelve have been in multi-unit housing. Last year there was over 3.5 million dollars in property damages caused by cigarette related fires in Lincoln.

Cigarette related fires are 100% preventable with voluntary smoke-free housing policies and responsible cigarette disposal by tobacco users.

Tobacco Free Lancaster County and Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster collaborated with multiple community partners to produce two public service announcement in both English and Spanish.

They are currently placed at local movie theaters. See below.

El Centro Coordinates Violence Prevention & Awareness Zumba Event

El Centro de las Americas hosted 110 participants for a Violence Prevention and Awareness Zumba Event at the Malone Center on March 16, 2018. Other health information was provided to attendees, including tobacco and electronic cigarette facts. Pictured below is El Centro public health educator Veronica Flaherty and UNL Student Ashley Mulcahy.
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Did You Know Nebraska's Youth Smoking Rate Fell to Single Digits in 2017?

The Data and Trends Report on Tobacco Use in Nebraska 2017 Report is now available and summarizes the most recent statewide tobacco and electronic cigarette data available. For example, on page 22, you can read about the youth smoking rate in Nebraska falling to single digits for the first time.

Tobacco Free Lancaster County Coalition

Tobacco Free Lancaster County (TFLC) protects the public by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, preventing youth from starting to use tobacco, providing tobacco education to all populations and encouraging people to quit.

TFLC is made up of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and 25 community partners.

“Funding provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Tobacco Free Nebraska Program as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.”