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  • Blog Post: New York Times article "E-Cigarettes, by Other Names, Lure Young and Worry Experts"

    Olivia Zacks, 17, recently took a drag of peach-flavored vapor from a device that most people would call an e-cigarette. But Ms. Zacks, a high school senior, does not call it that. In fact, she insists she has never even tried an e-cigarette. Like many teenagers, Ms. Zacks calls such products "hookah...
  • Blog Post: Chicago bans indoor electronic cigarette smoking

    We are excited to report that Chicago has banned e-cigarettes indoors. Thanks to You’re the Cure advocate Karen Larimer, PhD for providing her expert testimony on the issue! Chicago bans indoor electronic cigarette smoking "E-cigarettes" will join regular smokes and other tobacco...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy - E-cigarettes and menthol/flavored tobacco ordinances

    On Monday, Dr. Karen Larimer, incoming Board President for the Chicago Board of Directors and Illinois State Advocacy Committee member, testified at Chicago City Council hearing. She spoke about the need for e-cigarettes to be regulated like regular cigarettes and she advocated to forbid the sale of...
  • Blog Post: The Second City Becomes #1: Chicago Increases Its Cigarette Tax

    A tobacco policy update from Government Relations Director Mark Peysakhovich: On November 26, with a vote of 45-5, the Chicago City Council approved a 2014 budget that will raise the Chicago cigarette tax by 50-cents per pack. This comes on the heels of consecutive $1.00 state and county increases...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco Harm Reduction: What you NEED to know

    Tobacco companies are at it again – recently, they have been working in states, including, Indiana, to implement Tobacco Harm Reduction strategies including promoting the use of smokeless tobacco products as a less harmful alternative to smoking. Unfortunately, there is no evidence to support this...
  • Blog Post: Statewide Health Improvement Program awards grants to communities across Minnesota

    During last session, Minnesota You're the Cure volunteers successfully advocated for increased funding of the Statewide Health Improvement Program. We are pleased to share the following update and news release from the Minnesota Department of Health on the progress of the program. SHIP building...
  • Blog Post: E-Cigarette Use Increases Among Teens

    A recent editorial in The New York Times sites a recent CDC report showing a notable increase in the use of electronic cigarettes among teenagers. Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that turn liquid nicotine into a vapor inhaled by the user. While some believe they are safer than cigarettes...
  • Blog Post: Forum editorial: Minn. tax on tobacco is a health tax

    Check out this great editorial from Forum management on the recently increased Minnesota tobacco tax. Opponents of Minnesota’s new tobacco tax seem to believe the $2.83 per pack of cigarettes tax is about only revenue and business. It’s not. It’s first and foremost about public health...
  • Blog Post: Duluth Says No to E-Cigarettes

    E-Cigarette use is increasing throughout the country especially among middle and high school students. Read the latest AHA statement on e-cigarettes here . Then, check out what Duluth is doing to protect their residents in this Star Tribune article. Duluth says no to e-cigarettes; state says it will...
  • Blog Post: Statewide Smoke-free Law Would Not Hurt Indiana Restaurant and Bar Business

    There is one more reason we should make ALL workplaces smokefree in Indiana, including restaurants and bars! Check out the news release below from a recent study by the CDC. INDIANAPOLIS —Smoke-free restaurants and bar laws are good for health, and a new study published in the scientific journal...
  • Blog Post: No-Smoking Law in Colorado Casinos Led to Fewer Ambulance Calls

    DALLAS, Aug. 5, 2013 – When smoking was banned from casinos in Colorado, ambulance calls to casinos in Gilpin County dropped about 20 percent, according to research reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation . The drop in calls from casinos was similar to drops in ambulance...
  • Blog Post: New FDA Report Reinforces Urgent Need to Prohibit Menthol Cigarettes Says American Heart Association

    Washington, D.C. July 23, 2013 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new evaluation on the use of menthol in cigarettes, and the agency’s request for input on whether regulatory action on this...
  • Blog Post: New Law Will Raise Cost of Cigarettes and Help Minnesotans Quit

    On July 1, a new law will take effect, and Minnesota’s per-pack tax on cigarettes will go up by $1.60. This tax increase will raise the average price of a pack of cigarettes in Minnesota from approximately $6 per pack to more than $7.50 per pack. It is the only increase of its kind across the nation...
  • Blog Post: Governor Dayton signs bill to prevent more than 47,700 kids from smoking

    Members of the Raise it for Health coalition, a group of Minnesota’s leading health and nonprofit organizations, joined Governor Mark Dayton today at a ceremonial signing of the bill that increases Minnesota’s cigarette tax. Minnesota Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger, House Majority Leader...
  • Blog Post: Legislature passes and Governor signs $1.60 increase in cigarettes; the move will save lives and generate revenue and savings for the state

    ST. PAUL, MINN – The Minnesota House and Senate voted today to pass a $1.60 increase in the price per pack of cigarettes. This bold decision will save lives and save the state health care costs. By raising the price of cigarettes, 47,700 Minnesota kids will not become tobacco-addicted adults;...
  • Blog Post: New Poll - Majority of Minnesotans Support Raising the Price of Tobacco

    A new poll released today by the Raise it for Health coalition shows that 66 percent of Minnesotans support raising the tobacco tax by $1.50 per pack to address Minnesota’s budget deficit, help addicted smokers quit and keep kids from starting to smoke. Read more here. Then, help us raise the...
  • Blog Post: Funding Cut for Indiana's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program

    It's a sad day for Hoosiers. The legislature cut the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation program from $8 million to $5 million, giving more than 1,500 Indiana children and early death sentence from tobacco related diseases. Read more about the funding cut in the Op-Ed piece submitted to newspapers across...
  • Blog Post: Raise It For Health Day at the Capitol a Success

    April 18 was the Raise It For Health Coalition Day at the Capitol. Minnesota advocates gathered in St. Paul to lobby legislators to increase the tobacco tax. Despite the lovely weather, we had a great turnout and amazing, positive energy throughout the day. We had over 200 people in attendance—demonstrating...
  • Blog Post: Edward Ehlinger: Buying Minnesota better public health and lower health care costs

    Rachel wanted me to share this article on tobacco tax. Ninety-four cents isn't enough to buy you a pack of gum. It's not enough to buy you a bus ride to work. In many cases, 94 cents isn't even enough to get you a can of soda from a vending machine. But if we are smart about it, 94...
  • Blog Post: It’s a Great Time to Quit!

    Today is the day to QUIT smoking! The Cook County $1 increase in the price went into effect today. Yesterday American Heart Association Chicago Metro Board President and You’re the Cure advocate Dr. Sandra Burke participated in a press conference with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Baechler Testifies on Tobacco Tax

    Today, Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler, a cardiologist, the Vice President of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Allina Health, and a volunteer with the American Heart Association, testified before the Senate Tax Reform Committee. The committee heard three proposals that would raise the...
  • Blog Post: Governor's Support for SHIP

    Governor Mark Dayton has recently released included funding for the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) in his budget. Check it out here this great one-pager in support of SHIP .
  • Blog Post: AHA Advocate Provides Testimony

    On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the House Committee on Ways and Means accepted public testimony on House Bill 1001 State Budget. Interested parties were able to comment on various aspects of the bill. You're the Cure advocate Sheri Fulkerson, testified on behalf of the AHA, urging the committee to protect...
  • Blog Post: Very Busy Week for AHA at the State Capitol!

    On Tues. Feb. 5 th , AHA’s Regional Vice President of Advocacy, Rachel Callanan, testified in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee supporting the Governor’s proposed budget. Specifically, she spoke in support of the governor’s proposed $20 million annual investment in the...
  • Blog Post: Heart Healthy Day at the Statehouse a Success

    On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, Indiana held their annual Legislative Screenings Day and Day at the Statehouse. The day started with heart-health screenings for legislators, staff and the public followed by a heart-healthy breakfast. Nearly 50 advocates from across the state participated in an advocacy...