Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Breathe Clean Air and Rent Smoke-Free

If you listen to the radio or seen television lately, you probably have heard of MOTAC’s smoke-free housing initiative, Rent Smoke-Free.  What you may not know is that there is a rising demand for smoke-free housing. Think about it, most people know that secondhand smoke is dangerous. It can cause lung cancer, trigger asthma attacks, and cause heart disease. So why is it that people are not allowed to smoke indoors at most buildings where people work or play but not where they live? People… Continue Reading

Tobacco: A Serious Public Health Concern for Nebraska

Tomorrow is World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) so here’s a few facts about the public health consequences of tobacco use: Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and a serious public health concern for Nebraska. Smoking kills more people than AIDS, alcohol, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, 2500 adults in Nebraska die from their own smoking and 38,000 kids in Nebraska under 18 will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. Toll… Continue Reading

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is May 31, 2015

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 and a serious threat to public health.  It is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for… Continue Reading