Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Thanks for Participating in World No Tobacco Day Activities


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:           … 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 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… Continue Reading