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 to reduce tobacco use. It is also the most cost-effective (WHO, 2014).

Nebraska ranks 38th out of 50 in tobacco taxes, making it one of the lowest tobacco taxes in the country at only $0.64 per pack.  The national average on tobacco tax is $1.53 per pack.  According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: the highest combined state-local tax rate is $6.16 per pack in Chicago, IL, with New York City second at $5.85 per pack.  According to Go Healthy Nebraska, “Studies, and experience in state after state, show that higher cigarette taxes are one of the most effective ways to reduce smoking among both youth and adults. Every 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes reduces youth smoking by about seven percent and overall cigarette consumption by about four percent.”

The American Cancer Society’s advocacy arm released a poll last Fall that said 68 percent of likely voters in Nebraska support an increase, while 29 percent oppose it.   To watch the whole story, visit: http://www.ketv.com/news/advocates-call-for-nebraska-tobacco-tax-increase/22510102#!SQ4k6.

We hope that you will join us for this day of action by participating in the online dialogue on Facebook, Twitter, and of course right here on our Blog.  Become a fan of our Facebook page.  Follow us on Twitter @UNMCCRHD @MOTACOmaha and engage with us using the hashtag: #WNTD2014!

World No Tobacco Day – May 31, 2014: A Day of Online Action

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), celebrated each year on May 31.  According to the World Heath Organization (WHO), the goal of WNTD is to contribute to protecting present and future generations not only from the devastating health consequences due to tobacco, but also from the social, environmental and economic scourges of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.  Tobacco is a first rate killer.  It is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for 10% of adult deaths worldwide.  The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing secondhand smoke. Unless we do something, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. More than 80% of these preventable deaths will be among people living in low-and middle-income countries.

WHO World No Tobacco Day Campaign: Raise Tobacco Tax, Lower Death & Disease

WHO World No Tobacco Day Campaign: Raise Tobacco Tax, Lower Death & Disease

Specific goals of the 2014 WHO WNTD campaign are that:

  • governments increase taxes on tobacco to levels that reduce tobacco consumption;
  • individuals and civil society organizations encourage their governments to increase taxes on tobacco to levels that reduce consumption.

Again this year as part of our World No Tobacco Day activities, the Center will be doing an online media project to inform and engage the public on the dangers of tobacco and secondhand smoke as well as some of the community-based initiatives that are going on in Omaha and across the country.  We hope that you will join us for this day of action by participating in the online dialogue on Facebook, Twitter, and of course right here on our Blog.  Become a fan of our Facebook page.  Follow us on Twitter @UNMCCRHD @MOTACOmaha and engage with us using the hashtag: #WNTD2014!

LTC at NAP’s Condom Fashion Show

LTC in redThis Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Omaha, Latinas, Tabaco, y Cáncer will be participating in the Project Condom Fashion Show

The Project Condom Fashion Show is an entertaining and educational event featuring fashion designs made with condoms to promote safer sex and HIV awareness. The Project Condom Fashion Show is a benefit that aims to raise funds towards Nebraska AIDS Project’s client services and education programs.

Latinas, Tabaco, y Cáncer (LTC) is a community-based holistic health promotion program fighting tobacco, preventing cancer, and supporting mental well-being through education, social support, and advocacy. The group’s goals are to: (1) Increase personal and family healthy decision-making; (2) Increase community capacity for positive social change; and (3) Increase overall well-being by promoting healthy lifestyles as individual women, wives, mothers, and engaged community members. LTC is led by the UNMC Center for Reducing Health Disparities’ Triple A team: Athena Ramos, Antonia Correa, and Ariss Rogel Mendoza, and is supported by the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC).

LTC’s decision to participate in the Condom Fashion Show stems from the women’s dedication to educate about tobacco awareness; it recognizes that the LGBT community has extreme rates of tobacco use and wants to do what it can to build awareness as a means to prevent use. In the LGBT community smoking rates are almost 70% higher than the general population. And for this reason LTC members have come together with the help of volunteers in the community, which include: Designer- Eddiy Hilliard, a community nonprofit volunteer and professional hairstylist at 1Drakeplace; Model- Tygra Slarri, this year’s Smokeless Diva and full advocate for tobacco free lifestyles and environments; Volunteer-Dustin Moorehead, event designer and co-owner of Creating Atmosphere; and Volunteer- Joao de Brito a community activist and advocate for social equality and diversity.

We are excited to introduce our design in the Project Condom Fashion Show which is set out to entertain and educate. In the same fashion, LTC and MOTAC want to educate about the dangers that tobacco causes to not just our health, but also our environment. We are particularly building awareness on the damage that our Omaha Parks endure with harmful cigarette litter, the most littered item on the planet, and the role modeling that this adult habit causes to influence youth attitudes towards socially accepting tobacco use.

Smokeless Diva will appear on the runway as a tree, representing our park’s mother nature. As she comes down she will look lively and vibrant, but at closer inspection you will see the dark side that our mother nature experiences by the litter and damage that tobacco causes her.

To have a real visual, we hope you can make it out on Thursday night at the Magnolia Hotel, located downtown at 1615 Howard Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102.

Following are entry details:

Tickets
$15 – General Admission
$35 – Reserved Seating
$100 – VIP Pass – includes cocktails and hors d’oeurves during the event!

Doors open at 6:30p
Show starts at 7:30p

To view examples of what this event is like, please check out VIDEOS and PICTURES from past shows!!

http://ht.ly/jHNsn

We hope you can come support us!