The Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) is an organization whose mission is to prevent and reduce tobacco use and the accompanying health and economic consequences in the Omaha area. Its goal is to reduce tobacco use and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, especially in apartment buildings.
According to MOTAC, secondhand smoke is a health hazard, especially for children, the elderly, and persons with chronic illnesses, for which there is no safe exposure (Source: U.S. Surgeon General, 2006). In addition, cigar and cigarette butts can also be fire hazards if not disposed of properly.
Because of these reasons and more, Parkwood Manor Apartments is considering adopting a smoke-free policy for some or all of its buildings and/or units. Residents are currently being surveyed for their opinions on tabacco use in the buildings and on the grounds. The surveys are being collected through the end of September at which time they will be reviewed in order to make final decisions on the policy.
For more information on the smoke free movement in Omaha, visit http://www.motac.org.