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  • Blog Post: NYC Smoking Rates Increase!

    Scary but true - more New Yorkers are smoking today than they were just 4 years ago! The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene just released data from their Community Healthy Survey that shows that smoking prevalence has increased to 16.1% in 2013 from a low of 14% in 2010. For the...
  • Blog Post: $57.81

    Last evening, I took a trip to CVS. I don’t generally shop there—it is out of my way and I can get the same things at the grocery store. However, I thought it was important to support a business that understands how tobacco can ruin people’s health and their lives. CVS stopped selling...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Jan Carney, Vermont

    The American Heart Association recently released a new position paper on e-cigarettes and reconfirmed its desire for the Food and Drug Administration to take action soon to regulate these devices. Vermonters like the Attorney General, the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont and Dr. Jan Carney, a member...
  • Blog Post: Research & Advocacy = Results

    In the last decade, U.S. hospitalization and death rates for heart disease and stroke have dropped significantly! That means our research and your advocacy are paying off! Let's keep it going to reach the American Heart Association’s 2020 goal — to improve the heart health of all Americans...
  • Blog Post: Kudos to Albany County!

    Albany County Legislators just passed a ban on the sale of tobacco in pharmacies...Yup, many pharmacies still sell tobacco! You wouldn't see tobacco sold at the doctor's office and you shouldn't see them when filling up your prescription. If signed by County Executive McCoy, it will be the...
  • Blog Post: RI’s Tobacco Settlement Refinance is Now Toxic Debt

    Very interesting piece from GOLOCALProv News. ZERO dollars devoted to tobacco cessation & prevention, and now RI faces $2.8 billion in debt on capital appreciation tobacco bonds due in 2052. Tobacco Free RI weighs in on the latest development in this shameful saga… RI’s...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Has Second Lowest Youth Smoking Rate in the Nation

    The Rhode Island Department of Health recently announced that the Ocean State has the SECOND LOWEST youth smoking rate in the nation. The finding is based on national survey data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The results show that Rhode Island’s youth smoking...
  • Blog Post: A Heartfelt Thanks

    Thank YOU! Because of all your hard work we have been able to able to make sure that all babies born are screened for congenital heart defects, we made sure to make sure that kids don’t start smoking and adults quit by increasing the tobacco tax, we made sure that our cities and towns are thinking...
  • 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: 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...