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

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


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:           … Continue Reading