Did you know that the proportion of premature deaths from diseases of the heart is greatest among American Indians and Alaska Natives (36 percent) and blacks (31.5 percent) and lowest among whites (14.7 percent)?

This is why many of our advocacy activities are aimed at increasing awareness, educating lawmakers, promoting research, and improving quality and access to care to reduce disparities among women, minority populations and to improve every person’s overall health. This is why here in West Virginia we are working on funding for tobacco prevention and education programs. Although West Virginia’s tobacco control program has seen some success over the years, including reductions in youth tobacco use, West Virginia still has some of the highest smoking rates in the nation. To show your legislators that educating the next generation about tobacco health concerns is important to you, please visit our Take Action center to send your supportive message today and encourage others to send a message through Facebook.