Center for Reducing Health Disparities

The Debate about E-Cigarettes Continues as Use Increases and Research Lags

I saw him at the movie theater, with the cigarette on his hand.  I was surprised to see that he puffed away without any regard to the “No smoking” signs displayed on the entrance. As I got closer, though, I did not find myself with the familiar smoke and smell of cigarettes that I had come across numerous times. Then it hit me! He was… Continue Reading

Tobacco-Free…Good for Behavioral Health Too!

Smoking is bad for your health and causes a significant financial burden on society according to the U.S. Surgeon General; however, smoking rates still remain high with 500,000 annual deaths attributable to smoking and the annual cost  in the U.S. is over $289 billion, approximately $130 billion goes to direct medical care for adults and about $150 billion is due to lost productivity due to… Continue Reading

TOBACCO-FREE PARKS Promote Healthy Lifestyles Free of Tobacco and Secondhand Smoke

Parks. If you are like me when I hear this word, I think of a playground with kids, a place where you can take your dog for a walk, and a place where people are having a picnic or playing a game of soccer, baseball, or another sport. The Omaha Tobacco-Free Parks Initiative reinforces the idea that parks are places where healthy lifestyles should be… Continue Reading