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Tobacco: A Global Issue with Local Impact – World No Tobacco Day 2016

Today, May 31, has been designated World No Tobacco Day by the World Health Organization (WHO). Tobacco is still a leading public health issue that kills more people than AIDS, alcohol, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined each year in the United States. Tobacco is a problem across the world and is continues to be the leading cause of preventable death globally. According… Continue Reading

Thanks for Participating in World No Tobacco Day Activities

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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           … 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… Continue Reading