Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Thanks for Participating in World No Tobacco Day Activities

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We had quite the weekend!  Locally, our coalition, the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) hosted a cigarette butt clean-up as part of the Omaha Tobacco-Free Parks Initiative in three Omaha parks: Gene Leahy Mall, Benson Park, and Fontenelle Park.  And unfortunately, we found A LOT of tobacco trash in our parks. Here’s a link to the news story from KETV: http://www.ketv.com/news/local-volunteers-get-hands-dirty-getting-spent-cigarette-butts-out-of-area-parks/33315486           … Continue Reading

The Debate about E-Cigarettes Continues as Use Increases and Research Lags

I saw him at the movie theater, with the cigarette on his hand.  I was surprised to see that he puffed away without any regard to the “No smoking” signs displayed on the entrance. As I got closer, though, I did not find myself with the familiar smoke and smell of cigarettes that I had come across numerous times. Then it hit me! He wasn’t… Continue Reading

Tobacco-Free…Good for Behavioral Health Too!

Smoking is bad for your health and causes a significant financial burden on society according to the U.S. Surgeon General; however, smoking rates still remain high with 500,000 annual deaths attributable to smoking and the annual cost  in the U.S. is over $289 billion, approximately $130 billion goes to direct medical care for adults and about $150 billion is due to lost productivity due to… Continue Reading