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  • Blog Post: We've Come So Far Because of You, South Carolina!

    The 2014 Legislative Session in South Carolina was a lively one, allowing us to advance some vital pieces of legislation while providing us room to continue in 2015. Senate Bill 1094: School Nutrition Guidelines This would have required stronger nutritional guidelines for competitive foods sold on school...
  • Blog Post: We've Come So Far, North Carolina!

    On August 7th, Governor McCrory signed the state budget. This year's short session has been a lively one with some surprises including that the Legislature still has not concluded session and that we expect the Legislature will return for work this November on Medicaid Reform. As always, we will...
  • Blog Post: The FDA and New Tobacco Products

    The FDA is accepting comments on its proposed deeming rules to cover new tobacco products. The rule proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to regulate electronic cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. The AHA believes it is a good first step, but it doesn't go far enough to...
  • Blog Post: Remembering the Heart of a Friend

    Last week, NC said good-bye to freshman lawmaker, Representative Jim Fulghum (R-Wake). He passed away on July 19 th after a short battle with cancer, at the age of 70. Representative Fulghum was a retired neurosurgeon and his medical experience was a true asset to the NC General Assembly. During his...
  • Blog Post: Alarming Needs Addressed at Tobacco Control Legislative Day

    April 30 th was an important day for tobacco control in DC. Approximately fifteen advocates from the DC community met at the Wilson Building to advocate for an alarming health problem that affects all DC residents. Advocates personally impacted by the effects of tobacco met with the staff of Councilmembers...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report

    Recently lawmakers, health advocates, and citizens across the country celebrated the 50 th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s report on the dangers of smoking. You’re The Cure advocates have contributed greatly to the tobacco control movement. Pam Seamans, Executive Director of the North...
  • Blog Post: Look At All We've Done

    In the hustle and bustle of life, it seems there is always something that needs our attention. Maybe it’s a lunch appointment, a meeting after work – did you remember to call your mom to wish her a happy birthday? With so many things monopolizing our time, it begs the question: “Why...
  • Blog Post: Kick Butts Day!

    Today is Kick Butts Day, an annual day hosted by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids to celebrate youth leadership and activism in the fight against big tobacco. Kick Butts Day is particularly relevant this year as we mark the anniversary of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking. A new report...
  • Blog Post: Downfall of the Marlboro Men

    The Los Angeles Times recently published an article which reinforces the importance of tobacco prevention and control. The article illustrates how time has shown a new perspective on the Marlboro ads (and the men in them) that ran from the 1950s to the late 1990s. The original ads portrayed the Marlboro...
  • Blog Post: Heart of a Friend

    At our mid-December Advocacy Committee meeting, I got to do one of the best things about being a volunteer with the American Heart Association Advocacy Committee. I was privileged to present the AHA "Heart of a Friend" Award to North Carolina State Representative Jim Fulghum. Dr. Fulghum is...
  • Blog Post: Rep. Glazier Presented with “Heart of a Champion” Award

    Last week the American Heart Association honored Rep. Rick Glazier with the North Carolina Heart of a Champion Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Heart Association on a legislator in North Carolina. Representative Glazier has been a consistent champion of all of the Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: Stop the Harm Before it Starts: LTEs from Local Youth

    In December, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids released their Broken Promises Report . North Carolina did not fare well. In that report, NC ranked 45 th in protecting kids from tobacco. In 2013 the NC Legislature provided $1.2 Million in recurring funds for QuitlineNC which will provide assistance for...
  • Blog Post: What's on Tap for NC Session

    Happy New Year! The Legislative session beginning May 14 promises to be an important one for NC citizens. With a number of key issues expected on the docket, You're the Cure advocates will have opportunities to help drive significant advances critical to cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Here's...
  • Blog Post: What's On Tap for SC Session

    Happy New Year! The new state General Assembly session (beginning January 14) promises to be an important one for SC citizens. With a number of key issues expected on the docket, You’re the Cure advocates will have opportunities to help drive significant advances critical to preventing and treating...
  • Blog Post: Fall Advocacy Training Opportunities

    Fall is the perfect time to sharpen your advocacy skills by taking advantage of opportunities to learn more about important health issues and how you can make a difference. The American Heart Association is a member of the NC Alliance for Health (NCAH), our statewide coalition working on tobacco control...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure NC Remembers One of Our Advocate Heroes: Terrie Hall

    Earlier this week You’re the Cure NC was saddened to learn about the passing of Terrie Hall . Terrie Hall was a deeply dedicated and passionate advocate for keeping kids from starting to smoke. She was the face of the CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers campaign. Terrie willingly used her story...
  • Blog Post: Letter to the Editor: Restore NC’s Tobacco Prevention Funds

    Earlier this week You’re the Cure advocate Marie Welch wrote a letter to the editor of her local paper, The Daily Reflector. Marie expresses her concern about the lack of tobacco funding allocated in the NC House and Senate budgets. Marie writes: “It is with great sadness that I realize...
  • Blog Post: QuitlineNC Needs Your Help!

    We are getting down to the wire on the state budget. The House budget proposal, which included $1 million in recurring funds for QuitlineNC, was passed late last week. However, since the Senate budget included a higher allocation of $1.4 million in recurring funds to maintain QuitlineNC, this item will...
  • Blog Post: The Jones Heart Beat, volume 6

    Lawmakers have been busy with the state budget and tax reform during the past few weeks. This week the House of Representatives passed their version of the state budget. We were disappointed that the House did not include any funding for tobacco use prevention programs, mirroring the Governor’s...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Funding Needs Your Help

    The NC House has now released their budget and it includes no funding for tobacco use prevention programs, and just $1 million for tobacco use cessation programs, making their recommendations even less than that of the Senate which provided $1.4 million for tobacco use cessation programs. These recommendations...
  • Blog Post: World No Tobacco Day

    The World Health Organization has declared today World No Tobacco Day. Tobacco kills six million people globally every year, and we are trying to do our part to decrease that number in North Carolina. Earlier this week I had the privilege of joining three doctors from our state as they shared a letter...
  • Blog Post: The Jones Heart Beat, volume 5

    It has been a busy legislative session and intensity is building with each passing day. Last week we held our breath tight while we fought to keep our smoke-free law strong and we let out a sigh of relief when SB 703 didn’t make the crossover deadline. That said we have to remain vigilant that...
  • Blog Post: ACT FAST: Urge Your Senator to Stop SB 703

    A bill that would undermine hundreds of local ordinances and community college policies that protect citizens and students from the danger of second-hand smoke in outdoor spaces is moving through the General Assembly at breakneck speed. SB 703 is poised to destroy local authority to determine the best...
  • Blog Post: Happening This Week: FDA Allowed to Move Forward with Graphic Cigarette Warnings

    On Monday (April 22), the US Supreme Court let stand an appellate court ruling that upheld most provisions of the 2009 law granting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco products, including the requirement for large, graphic cigarette warning labels. The Supreme Court announced...
  • Blog Post: The Jones Street Heart Beat, volume 3

    For this legislative update, we have some exciting news regarding one of our top federal legislative priorities, National Institutes of Health Funding. At the state level, we have been very busy seeing positive movement on our top issues. As always, thank you for your efforts and please stay tuned to...