Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Thanks for Participating in World No Tobacco Day

Yesterday was quite a day!  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: Elmwood, Mandan, and Miller.  And unfortunately, we found a lot of tobacco trash in our parks.   We also had a lot of activity online through our blog, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts.  We thank you all for being involved in this initiative to educate and raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco… 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

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… Continue Reading