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Louisiana, Today's the Great American Smoke Out!

by Julie H. on Thursday, November 15, 2012

Today is the 37th annual Great American Smoke Out, when smokers are encouraged to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. 

The Surgeon General’s Report provides undeniable evidence that secondhand smoke is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.  That's why the American Heart Association is actively involved in passing smoke-free policies to improve heart health and prevent heart disease in Louisiana.  Smoke-free legislation was associated with substantially fewer hospitalizations and deaths from heart and respiratory diseases, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. Researchers reviewed 45 studies covering 33 smoke-free laws at the local and state levels around the United States and from countries as varied as Uruguay, New Zealand and Germany.

If someone you love is a smoker, encourage them to quit today.

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