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  • Blog Post: 2 Days Left and So Much to Do!

    With only two days left before the legislators break for the summer we need a last push to get some critical legislations to help our kids passed. The House still needs to take action on legislation that would require all coaches to know CPR, restricting the sale and use of E-Cigarettes, and requiring...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year, New York City!

    Say what?? That's right...it's the new fiscal year for the American Heart Association. While much of our focus remained on the state-level opportunities, we have a lot to celebrate here in New York City! Let's take a look back as we prepare to move forward: CPR in Schools legislation:...
  • Blog Post: Mary Cushman - An Advocacy "Hero"

    American Heart Association Advocate and Board Member Mary Cushman takes her role as an advocate seriously, serving on both the Vermont and National AHA Advocacy Committees. As a physician and researcher, she knows both are important to preventing lives lost to heart disease and stroke. But she also...
  • Blog Post: End of Session Wrap-up

    The NYS Session has wrapped up and we're happy to report substantial progress in many areas. Here's a quick recap. CPR in Schools bill passes both houses: Thanks to the help of our dedicated advocates and the bill sponsors, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and Senator Mark Grisanti, we took a...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Lawmakers Consider Cigarette Tax Increase

    Rhode Island lawmakers recently considered testimony on whether or not to raise Rhode Island’s cigarette tax by $1.00 per pack and dedicate a portion of the new revenue to tobacco prevention and cessation services in our state (which have been slashed dramatically in recent years and remain terribly...
  • Blog Post: Mindy's Trip to Augusta - Hanging with the Cool Kids

    My Trip to Augusta by Mindy Beyer About a week ago I had the pleasure of joining Becky Smith our Government Relations Director in Augusta. Before my trip, I really didn't know what to expect. I had been to the state house before. I had also talked to legislators before, but for some reason this...
  • Blog Post: Improving NJ's Physical and Financial Health Through Medicaid

    In the March 28, 2014 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control released "State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatments and Barriers to Coverage-United States, 2008-2014." The American Lung Association was the lead author on this report. It outlines...
  • Blog Post: You helped Protect Heart Health Funds

    Earlier this year, we told you about efforts to consolidate many state programs, including those which protect heart disease and stroke. And while consolidation sounds nice, it means the public wouldn't have a good sense of how state funds are being spent on important health programs. Thanks to your...
  • Blog Post: Protecting Rhode Island's Kids from a New Threat

    Legislation was recently heard at the Rhode Island State House that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to kids under the age of 18. The bill would also require e-cigarette vendors to be licensed by the state and subject them to strong enforcement measures, including routine...
  • Blog Post: Teen Zombies Invade RI State House on Kick Butts Day

    More than 100 high school students from throughout the state recently descended on the Rhode Island State House for Kick Butts Day. This important day is an opportunity for kids to STAND UP to tobacco. And kids in Rhode Island did just that – zombie-style! Teens dressed as zombies to show the devastating...
  • Blog Post: An Update from Albany

    CPR trainings: AHA recently held a second CPR training day at the state Capitol where lawmakers, staff and visitors could receive free hands-only CPR training. Did you know Idaho recently became the 13th state to pass CPR in Schools legislation? Don’t all students in New York deserve the same?...
  • Blog Post: 1800 Calories

    1800 calories. I went online to see how many calories an average woman burns while shoveling snow. It is about 400 an hour. So, I figure that over the past week or so, I burned 1800 calories. This is great for almost all of me. My shoulder, however, disagrees. The piles at the end of my driveway...
  • Blog Post: Join us in Albany... Speak Up for Heart Health!

    Join the American Heart Association in Albany as we advocate for programs to improve heart health! On March 12th, advocates from across the state will be headed to Albany with a message for lawmakers: Heart Health Matter - Make obesity prevention and tobacco control a priority...Want to join us? Register...
  • Blog Post: CVS Will Stop Selling Tobacco Products!

    We have made great progress in the fight against tobacco and today one more step was made! By October 1, CVS will no longer sell tobacco products in any of its 7,600 stores. This is a huge step taken by a chain pharmacy to date especially with the loss of revenue they will face. CVS’s decision...
  • Blog Post: NYS Legislative session off and running...

    State legislators have returned to Albany... and there has been of flurry of activity in the first month back. Here's what's happening now: Governor's Budget - 16.2% of adults across the state still smoke. And 8.5 million adult New Yorkers are considered overweight or obese. At a time...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco trust fund is needed

    Fifty years after the surgeon general first told Americans that smoking causes disease and death, the American Heart Association and other public health advocacy groups have announced bold new goals to end the tobacco epidemic for good, including reducing adult tobacco use to 10 percent. As the president...
  • Blog Post: Gooooaaaallll!

    Later this year, the 2/3rds of MaineCare smokers who want to quit will finally have all the tools they need. Last session, the American Heart Association and our partners worked hard to restore cuts made by the LePage Administration and their allies in the Legislature a few years ago. Those cuts really...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Receives "F" Grade for Tobacco Prevention Spending

    The American Lung Association recently released its annual State of Tobacco Control 2014 Report , evaluating all 50 states on their effectiveness to protect the public from tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death. Did Rhode Island make the grade? In some areas, yes. In others, NO! Rhode...
  • Blog Post: RI House Recognizes 50th Anniversary of Surgeon General's Report on Smoking

    From the State House...special thanks to Rep. Naughton! Naughton resolution celebrates 50th anniversary of surgeon general’s 1st report on smoking, health STATE HOUSE – According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office, smoking prevalence has been reduced by more than half since the...
  • Blog Post: RI Legislative Session Begins; E-Cigarette Bill Introduced

    Rhode Island’s 2014 Legislative Session commenced on January 7. On opening day, House Finance Chairman Helio Melo introduced House Bill 7021, which would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and require vendors to be licensed. The bill would define e-cigarettes as a tobacco product...
  • Blog Post: Vermont legislative session begins!

    January 7th kicked off the first day of Vermont's legislative session. Our work to pass legislation fighting heart disease and stroke kicks into full gear. AHA legislative reception – A reminder that our legislative reception will be held February 5 th from 4:30-5:30pm at the Cedar Creek...
  • Blog Post: Turning the Page to the Next Chapter in NYC

    Many New Yorkers celebrated the beginning of 2014 by watching the public inauguration of our 109th Mayor - Bill de Blasio from Brooklyn. Mayor de Blasio has a long history of public service to our city, including terms as a City Council Member and most recently as our Public Advocate. Our new Mayor has...
  • Blog Post: A Heart Healthy New Year in Massachusetts

    With 2013 behind us I am hopeful that 2014 will be our most successful year in making Massachusetts Heart Healthy and Stroke Free. We are close to ensuring that all Coaches in MA Public Schools will be trained in CPR and that all newborns will be screened with Pulse Ox for CHD. We are also working to...
  • Blog Post: Ringing in the New Year!

    Long gone are the days where I wandered around Boston in the freezing cold on New Year’s Eve with my friends. In fact, when I was in my late-teens and early twenties trying to find my friends at First Night Boston, you could still find phones like the one pictured above and none of us had cell...
  • Blog Post: 50th Anniversary of Tobacco Control in America

    I recently had the pleasure of attending a conference celebrating the past 50 years of tobacco control – since the 1964 landmark Surgeon General’s report on the harmful effects of tobacco use. But rather than spend much time reflecting on our successes, we used our time to look ahead to ‘finishing...