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 Day. We thank you all for being involved in this initiative to educate and raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco and secondhand smoke. Tobacco continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in this country. Now is the time that we join together to make positive changes in our community so that everyone has the chance to be healthy.
As part of this project, the Center and MOTAC were able to reach more than 5,350 people through:
- 7 Blog posts
- 97 Facebook posts; Reaching more than 3,260 people and getting 6 new “Likes” for UNMC Center for Reducing Health Disparities, MOTAC, and the Omaha Tobacco Free Parks Initiative
- 92 Tweets and 21 new followers on Twitter
We hope that this is just the beginning of a strong tobacco-free movement and that everyone will continue to be involved! One way to stay up to date with what’s happening is to like the Facebook pages listed above or follow us on Twitter.
Thanks for commemorating World No Tobacco Day with us! We’ll see you again next year.