Center for Reducing Health Disparities

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 Protect the Environment and Promote Healthy Behaviors

Tobacco trash at city parks is everywhere. It is estimated that 4.5 trillion pounds of cigarette butts are tossed annually in the world. In the United States, American for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) estimate that 1.69 billion pounds of butts ended up as toxic waste in the year 2014. Omaha is no different, when I take my dog for a walk, we come across many cigarette… Continue Reading

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