Center for Reducing Health Disparities

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

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-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