nicotine best practice brief

Everyone knows bad habits are hard to break. Addiction is even more difficult. New vaping products have caused a major setback in the fight against tobacco and nicotine, especially among South Dakota’s youth. This Best Practice Brief series will provide information on programs and innovative solutions for reducing the use of tobacco and vaping products and improving the quality of life for South Dakotans.

Vape Video Challenge Promotes Peer Messaging

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Teenagers experience peer pressure and it can have significant consequences…some good and some bad.  Engaging high school students in developing messages about the dangers of vaping using a video challenge has created a positive buzz through the hallways and in the community. The South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care is expanding to include the creative talents of students participating in one-act plays to grow the collection of peer-based messages aimed at prevention, cessation and education around tobacco use.


  1. Highlight the growing numbers of adolescents who use tobacco or vape products
  2. Describe the criteria of the Vaping Video Challenge
  3. Encourage the use of peer-based tobacco/vaping prevention messages

Speaker: Mindy Heuer, RN, CST, Program Manager, South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care

Tobacco cessation is important to me is because reduces the risk for many adverse health effects, such as cancer, COPD, EVALI from vaping.Mindy Heuer Some of the impacts of peer messaging for tobacco cessation is that it contributes to your respiratory symptoms, lung function, and airway hyperresponsiveness and inflammation.

For someone trying to quit nicotine use, I would suggest he/she try nicotine replacement products or ask his/her primary care provider about other medications that are available. Also, it is important to remind yourself that these craving will pass and avoid situations and activities that you associate with using tobacco products. Also, as a substitute for smoking, try chewing on carrots, pickles celery, sugarless gum or hard candy.

The youth perceive vaping as less harmful/addictive than smoking. Some of our challenges in addressing the issues – vaping is much easier to conceal, there is no odor and there are over 7000 different flavors, no staining of teeth and individuals can vape in any building as long as it is permitted.

Upcoming Best Practice Brief Sessions

Refusing to Quit on Watertown

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. CT

Gone are the days of ashtrays and cigarettes in local restaurants and offices. Unfortunately, the fruity smell of nicotine vapors and smashed remains of electronic vaping devices in parking lots have become the alternative. Easy to conceal due to the pleasant smell and clever designs, a growing number of young adults and adolescents are becoming addicted to nicotine. The Northeast Prevention Resource Center is partnering with health care professionals and community members in Watertown, SD, to educate on the dangers of nicotine and promote resources to successfully overcome nicotine addiction.

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Speaker: Kelli Rumpza, CPS, Watertown Community Prevention Specialist, Human Service Agency

Quitting for Two is a Bright Start

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. CT

A first-time pregnancy can be an equally exciting and overwhelming phase of life.  Extra support and medical care is important for the health of every woman and every baby, and use of tobacco products during and after pregnancy can lead to health complications. The SD Quitline collaborates with the For Baby’s Sake program to help provide resources and help pregnant women quit tobacco products during and after pregnancy. In addition, Bright Start allows South Dakota women meeting financial requirements to experience support from a personal nurse during pregnancy and after the baby arrives.

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Kaitlyn Ashley; Tobacco Cessation Coordinator, Black Hills Special Services and Shelly Freese, MSN, RN
Coordinator, Bright Start/Nurse Family Partnership – Office of Child and Family Services, South Dakota Department of Health

Best Practice Briefs are 20-minute micro-learning sessions to highlight successful system and policy change. The briefs are short, to the point, and real. Real people and real processes that really work! This series is brought to you by the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) in partnership with Great Plains Quality Innovation Network. For all Best Practice Brief Series sessions and the recordings, visit the SDFMC site.