Category Archives: tobacco

CDC Media Update: Lung Disease Associated with E-cigarette Use or Vaping

By Kim Rodgers, Communications Manager, NACCHO

This story originally ran in NACCHO’s Preparedness Brief

In response to the multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette product use (e.g., devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with other federal, state, and local partners are involved in an on-going investigation. CDC has released a media advisory concerning the situation, and the Lung Injury Response Website has various available resources to educate the publichealthcare providers, and state and local health departments on key facts and recommendations.

At this time, 805 cases of lung injury have been reported from 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 10 states have reported 12 confirmed deaths. All reported cases have been linked to a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping.

Healthcare providers are urged to support response efforts by continuing to report both suspected and confirmed cases of lung injury to their state or local health department. Specimen collection, storage, and submission guidance is available. Collaboration with states, local health departments, and additional relevant partners is also critical. State public health officials should contact CDC at regarding possible cases of e-cigarette- or vaping-associated lung injury.

For information on technical assistance with epidemiologic investigation, laboratory testing, and/or data collection tools, please contact CDC at Questions on the submission of non-tissue samples should be directed to

On September 25, 2019, NACCHO sent a letter to Congress highlighting the role of local health departments in addressing youth use of e-cigarettes and the need for action to curb youth use of these products. The letter further explained how NACCHO supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

NACCHO has a liaison officer within the CDC Emergency Operations Center and is participating in national calls. For any questions, comments, and/or technical resource needs, please contact the NACCHO Preparedness Program at

Cincinnati Health Department: Smoke-free Housing Implementation Success Story

By Tonia Smith, Tobacco Free Living Coordinator, Cincinnati Health Department

By engaging residents at each step in the process, Cincinnati Health Department’s (CHD’s) Creating Healthy Communities Coalition helped to implement a smoke-free multi-unit housing (SFMUH) policy for Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority’s (CMHA’s) 13,000 public housing residents. Continue reading

Tobacco Cessation for Cancer Survivors: A Resource Guide for Local Health Departments

Local health departments (LHDs) play a vital role in minimizing the impact of cancer in their communities. NACCHO supports LHDs in planning, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based cancer prevention and control strategies to improve population health. With that said, NACCHO has released of Tobacco Cessation for Cancer Survivors: A Resource Guide for Local Health Departments. This guide details the importance of tobacco cessation for cancer survivors and features recommendations on how local health departments can use existing resources to link cessation services to cancer survivors. This resource guide was created through collaboration with American Cancer Society under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement DP1315 National Support to Enhance Implementation of Comprehensive Cancer Control Activities.

Download Tobacco Cessation for Cancer Survivors: A Resource Guide for Local Health Departments from the NACCHO website today.

Helping Our Communities Kick the Cigarette Habit – The Great American Smokeout Is November 17, 2016

By LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, Executive Director, NACCHO

On Nov. 17, local health departments (LHDs) will join the chorus of public health and healthcare organizations urging smokers to quit for just one day as part of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout campaign. LHDs will lead the charge in their communities by providing evidence-based support and information. According to the American Cancer Society, “By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.” Continue reading

A Historic Event for the Public Health – FDA Regulation of E-Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products

By LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, Executive Director, NACCHO

We are never short of hyperbole here in the nation’s capital. Even run-of-the-mill decisions by the powers that be are hailed as breakthroughs. Perhaps we are so accustomed to political log jams in this city we’re stunned when anything is accomplished. However, on May 6, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a ruling that is truly historic.

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