Center for Reducing Health Disparities

E-cigarette use Among Youth has Increased Significantly

E-cigarettes are the most commonly used form of tobacco in the US by youth (CDC, 2017). Youth have easy access to these products since vape shops can now be found on almost every corner. Advertising for such products is extensive. In 2014, the e-cigarette industry spent $125 million and used many techniques that had been used previously to sell traditional cigarettes (CDC, 2017). Youth may use e-cigarettes… Continue Reading

If You Are a Tenant, Ask Your Landlord to Make Your Building Smoke-free!

It happens every year and in our city, more than once a year. Apartment fires caused by improperly discarded cigarettes have immense repercussions including the loss of life, major property damage costing millions to fix, and displacement. Without smoke-free housing, thousands of people are exposed to secondhand, which cannot be contained.  Children with asthma and even adults with respiratory conditions can be affected by secondhand… Continue Reading

Tobacco Free Parks is Good for the Environment and Families!

Every year, about 175 million pounds of cigarette butts are tossed out worldwide. Toxic waste is being released into the soil and waterways. Cigarette butts can harm plants, grasses, and animals. They also pose a fire risk for parks and other recreation facilities. Tobacco free parks decrease the unsightly tobacco trash and ensure that parks are healthy, safe, and fun places for youth and families…. Continue Reading