Local youth assess tobacco marketing in 77 retail locations

In May 2017, teams of youth from Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army and the Malone Center will be visiting 77 different retail locations throughout Lincoln to observe and document tobacco advertising on the inside and the outside of retail locations. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) the tobacco industry spends 60 million dollars a year in Nebraska alone on advertising.  Youth will be using an assessment tool created by Counter Tools, a national effort supported by the CDC to engage communities in place-based health equity.  Funding for this project was provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Tobacco-Free Nebraska as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

According to the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 23.8% of youth in Lincoln-Lancaster County reported using E.N.D.S. in the past 30 days and 39.1% of youth reported they have “ever used” electronic cigarettes (Centers for Disease Control, 2015). This translates to approximately 3,200 Lincoln/Lancaster County youth using e-cigarettes in the last 30 days.

The 2016 Surgeon General’s report comprehensively reviews the public health issue of e-cigarettes and their impact on U.S. youth and young adults. Studies highlighted in the report cover young adolescents (11-14 years of age); adolescents (15-17 years of age); and/or young adults (18-25 years of age). Scientific evidence contained in this report supports the following facts found here: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.

In 2014 Nebraska made changes to the tobacco and vapor product (e-cigarettes) sales and use statutes.  Read more about e-cigarettes.

Watch for 3 tobacco prevention messages rolling down Lincoln streets!

October 20, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, Training Center (lower level), 3140 N Street, Lincoln, NE.  Lunch is provided. Space is limited. Please RSVP by October 6th to Deb, 402-441-6225, dedelmaier@lincoln.ne.gov or Renee, 402-441-4685, rmassie@lincoln.ne.gov

  • Learn how to implement a tobacco-free campus policy and enhance compliance.
  • Hear from a panel of representatives from colleges, universities, and businesses about their experiences with a tobacco-free campus policy.
  • Receive resources and samples of tobacco-free campus policies.



50anniv-logoThe 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health will be released on January 16.

Smoking and tobacco use information …read more

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its devastating consequences in the United States and around the world.

May 31, 2010
(World Health Organization)

Theme: Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women

World No Tobacco Day 2010 is designed to draw attention to the harmful effects of tobacco marketing towards women and girls. For more information:

Tobacco Marketing to Women and Girls

Deadly in Pink

Women and Tobacco Fact Sheet

Camel No. 9 Marketing