Who We Are

The Tobacco Free Lancaster County (TFLC) coalition consists of over 30 community partner agencies and passionate individuals. The coalition works with partners to educate community members about issues related to tobacco and e-cigarette use and exposure. The mission of TFLC is to promote health by eliminating the use of and exposure to tobacco and e-cigarette products. Our vision is to see Lincoln and Lancaster County as tobacco and e-cigarette free communities. We want to achieve this vision by applying the values of advocacy, inclusivity, collective impact, education, and service.


TFLC promotes health by eliminating the use of and exposure to tobacco & e-cigarette products.


TFLC envisions Lincoln and Lancaster County as a tobacco & e-cigarette free community.


Advocacy, Inclusivity, Collective Impact, Education, Service.

Our Goals


Influence tobacco related prevention activities, which impact Lincoln and Lancaster County.


Improve community health by educating the community.


Advocate for policies that reduce tobacco &
e-cigarette use
and exposure.


Engage a variety of agencies, businesses, and individuals in prevention activities.

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Meet our President

Kristin Walstad

Kristin got involved with TFLC through her work in tobacco cessation and mental health. She’s dedicated to promoting wholistic health and reducing the impact of tobacco use on individuals living with mental illness. She’s passionate about using trauma-informed, evidenced-based interventions to help people quit tobacco and nicotine products. She believes quit support should be empowering and relevant to the individual.

Kristin currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Nebraska office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Nebraska). She previously oversaw tobacco cessation programming for CenterPointe at their locations in Lincoln and Omaha. Kristin has a background in health promotion and holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology. 

Meet our Vice President

Lauren Falconer

Welcome TFLC’s new Vice President, Lauren Falconer! Lauren is the Development & Operations Manager with OutNebraska. OutNebraska is a nonprofit dedicated to the LGBTQIA2S+ community across Nebraska. Lauren got involved with TFLC this year because smoking is an issue that hits close to home. Tobacco use also disproportionately impacts the LGBTQIA2S+ community and working for the only statewide LGBTQIA2S+ organization in Nebraska, she feels a responsibility to help share information and resources about smoking.

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Lauren is originally from Kearney where her parents, John and Tracy, still live and both work for UNK. Lauren’s sister Megan attends UNMC and lives in Omaha. Lauren lives in Lincoln with her partner, Ethan, and their two cats, Tonks and Albus. Lauren enjoys taking Albus to the park for a walk, on a leash!

Lauren started college as a music performance major but decided to look for another path. She found grant writing interesting and interned with the Asian Community & Cultural Center to grow that skill. Her interest in fundraising and grant writing led her to her current position with OutNebraska. Lauren also recently joined the board at KZUM radio station.

Lauren says the most important advice she has received is to accomplish what you want to in life, you need to take care of yourself first, including your mental health.

We are so excited to announce Lauren as TFLC Vice President! Thank you, Lauren, for stepping up to this responsibility and for the work you do in the community!

We couldn’t do any of this work without our Partners. Learn more about our partners here:

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The TFLC Coalition has members from all backgrounds in our community, but we are always looking to include more voices! Click the Get Involved button to learn more about joining our coalition!

The information and materials contained on this website are for informational purposes only and are not offered or intended to be and should not be construed to be legal advice nor to be a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a licensed attorney. All information on this site is a public record and subject to Nebraska’s Open Government and Public Records laws. Funding for this Website provided by the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services/Tobacco Free Nebraska Program as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.