The Tobacco Free Lancaster County coalition has been an active member of the community for 20 years.
Over the last two decades, the coalition has worked to educate Lancaster County residents about the harmful effects of using tobacco and to protect residents from the harm caused by tobacco smoke. Coalition efforts have included:
- Working with Lincoln officials to pass the state’s first smoke-free workplace ordinance in 2004.
- Creating an educational tobacco prevention video called “Counting the Cost” for youth and adults.
- Working with Lincoln Parks and Recreation in 2012 to pass a tobacco-free park policy. This policy was updated in 2014 to include electronic smoking devices.
- Working with the village of Raymond in 2014 to adopt a tobacco-free park and baseball field policy.
- Providing technical assistance with three behavioral health agencies in 2013-2014 to implement a tobacco-free campus policy and creating the video Tobacco-Free Campuses in Behavioral Health Settings.
- Working with multi-unit housing landlords to implement smoke-free housing policy and creating an online, interactive map of smoke-free multi-unit housing options in Lincoln.
The coalition actively works to prevent kids from starting to use tobacco products through:
- Partnering with local law enforcement to monitor and enforce the state law prohibiting tobacco sales to youth.
- Partnering with Boys and Girls Club of Lincoln/Lancaster County, the Malone Community Center, and The Salvation Army youth to conduct Operation Storefront, Photovoice, and Team Up! Tell a Friend youth advocacy projects.