Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Thanks for Participating in World No Tobacco Day Activities

1512085_825092480905458_4372953015840229597_o

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            We also had tons of activity online through our blog, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts in commemoration of World No Tobacco… 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 smoking, he was vaping. Since e-cigarettes do not produce secondhand smoke, often they are not included in the no tobacco… Continue Reading

TOBACCO-FREE PARKS Promote Healthy Lifestyles Free of Tobacco and Secondhand Smoke

Parks. If you are like me when I hear this word, I think of a playground with kids, a place where you can take your dog for a walk, and a place where people are having a picnic or playing a game of soccer, baseball, or another sport. The Omaha Tobacco-Free Parks Initiative reinforces the idea that parks are places where healthy lifestyles should be promoted. This initiative sends a positive message to youth, families, and athletes, decreases the tobacco trash that can be ingested… Continue Reading