TOBACCO FREE PARKS
What can I do?
MOTAC works directly with members of the community to gain support to make Omaha's parks tobacco-free. This page will keep you up-to-date with events, meetings, and milestones to making Omaha's parks tobacco-free. If you support MOTAC's Omaha Tobacco-Free Parks Initiative, fill out the support form below (to the left)!
MOTAC believes that parks should be a place for families, children and pets to gather, and individuals to better their wellness goals. Tobacco products are the number one source of litter in our parks, and don't contribute to this vision!
This litter is not only unsightly but dangerous, especially to young children and animals that can ingest them, leading to tobacco poisoning. This litter can also disrupt the natural balance of our park ecosystems by washing into local waterways.
"Cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded piece of waste worldwide. It is estimated that 1.69 BILLION pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash each year, creating an enormous environmental, health, and economic burden" (ANRF). A study published in the April 2011 issue of Tobacco Control, estimated that "tobacco product litter (TPL)" comprises 22 to 36 percent of all visible litter. Estimated removal costs range from $3 million to $16 million for major cities and municipalities. Cigarette are NOT biodegradable, and impact environmental health, local ecosystems, and natural water resources, not just locally, but on a global scale. Tobacco-free park policies positively impact tobacco trash in the areas where many members of our community spend time, or make a conscious effort to go to get healthy!
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on small children who had ingested cigarette butts concluded that one-third of them exhibited symptoms of illness such as spontaneous vomiting, nausea, lethargy, gagging, and flushing. Cigarette butts leach toxins into the water and kill or injure various forms of wildlife. In addition, the plastic parts of cigarette butts can be ingested by fish, birds, whales and other marine animals.
Special thanks to our friends at ANRF for the wonderful information provided in this section, and great additional reading on the dangers of tobacco to our children and environment!
Nearby Tobacco-Free Parks
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