Center for Reducing Health Disparities

One Man’s Perspective: His Love and Hate for Tobacco

Eddiy Hilliard came to me as a volunteer designer during the Nebraska Aids Project (NAP) Fashion Condom Show.  I had a newly crowned Smokeless Diva and a desire to flaunt her in all her elegance on the NAP runway.  Eddiy readily agreed to be a designer when a mutual friend recommended him. He was direct from the start, “I am a smoker”, he said, “ but I want to help because I think it’s important for people to know that it’s not good for you… Continue Reading

Tobacco-Free/Substance-Free Event for Native Youth

Liz Brown specializes in youth suicide prevention within the Indian Center Inc.  As an advocate, she helps the youth she serves find healthier alternatives when dealing with overwhelming amounts of stress. The challenges in her work have made her realize that there is a great need in the Native American community to have open discussions about health risk behaviors.  She explains that seeking help is a serious stigma in her community. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), social determinants of health are conditions in… Continue Reading

Tobacco Tax in Nebraska

Tobacco use is a serious public health threat.  Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.  More people die from tobacco than AIDS, alcohol, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined each year.  Tobacco taxes are a proven way to discourage youth from smoking and encourage adults to quit.  Tobacco taxes are good for health, good for people (youth and adults), and good for the states’ bottom line.  In fact, raising taxes on tobacco is the most effective policy… Continue Reading