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  • Blog Post: Dr. Steven Kopecky - Letter to the Editor

    Dr. Steven Kopecky's letter to the editor was published in the Rochester paper today, check it out! I appreciate that Sen. Carla Nelson represents the residents of Senate District 26 so well, especially on important health issues such as reducing the harmful effects of tobacco. Sen. Nelson...
  • Blog Post: MN Advocates Testify on AHA Issues at the Capitol

    Last week was full of hearings up at the Capitol and State Office Building! We want to thank ALL of our volunteers who testified on our issues. Check it out below: The House Transportation Finance Committee released their omnibus transportation finance bill on Tuesday. We lined up 4 testifiers to...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Russell Luepker Testifies in House Tax Committee

    Minnesota State Advocacy Committee member, Dr. Russell Luepker, testified today against the proposal to provide tax relief for premium cigars in the House Tax Committee. The bill (HF1544) rolls back the tax on premium cigars from $3.50 per cigar to $.50 per cigar. The higher tax was a gain we made in...
  • Blog Post: Study Shows More Deaths Linked to Smoking

    Check out this article from the Public News Source posted today! Smoking is deadlier than we have thought! (Picture - Franco/Flickr) ST. PAUL, Minn. - While many of the dangers of smoking have been well known for some time, new research shows that the consequences may be larger and deadlier than previously...
  • Blog Post: Facts Show Health Improvement from 2013 Tobacco Tax Increase

    MINNPOST's article from yesterday shows that the 2013 tobacco tax increase is improving health throughout the state of Minnesota! Check out the article below. (Photo - MINNPOST/Flickr) It has been a year and a half since Minnesota implemented the 2013 tobacco tax increase of $1.60 per pack of...
  • Blog Post: Smokers are a Heart Attack Waiting to Happen: Cathy Porter's Story

    Inhale. Pause. Exhale. Slowly and deliberately a cigarette gives smokers immediate satisfaction. Now picture that swirl of smoke upon exhale creeping around your body and taking hold, like a tight hug. It grips your heart and won’t let go – literally squeezing the life out of you. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Study Shows Impact of MN Tobacco Tax Increase

    Check out how the tobacco industry is responding to the tax increase below in this new study from SMARTalk! A newly published paper in Tobacco Control (Brock B, Choi K, Boyle RG, Moilanen M & Schillo BA, January 6, 2015) examines the tobacco industry’s response to a sizeable 2013 Minnesota...
  • Blog Post: Adult Smoking Rate falls to 14.4 Percent in Minnesota!

    The Minnesota Department of Health posted a news release today on the fall of Minnesota's smoking rate. Check out the article below! Findings from the latest Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) show that Minnesota is continuing to make progress in reducing tobacco use. Minnesota’s adult...
  • Blog Post: Op-Ed: Why Indiana should increase cigarette tax

    Check out this excellent editorial from former Indiana state health commissioner Dr. Richard Feldman: "A state legislative proposal to raise the cost of cigarettes is overdue. Additional state revenues from a $1-a-pack increase could be used to improve Indiana’s miserable state of health...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: send a message to your lawmakers about tobacco

    Kids with healthy hearts is why! Did you know that 13.7% (66,000) of high school students in Indiana are smokers? In our state, about 9,200 young adults become new daily smokers every year. These troubling statistics are driven by easy access to inexpensive tobacco products, marketing that is geared...
  • Blog Post: Prep Yourself for the IL Legislative Session!

    Our elected officials will returned to Springfield this week, we are off and running in the advocacy department on a new legislative session as well! Before we jump right in and ask you to make those important phone calls and send those urgent emails to the legislature, here is a quick rundown of the...
  • Blog Post: Health Organizations Applaud Branson for Passing Strong Smoke-Free Law

    Missouri’s leading health organizations thank Mayor Raeanne Presley and the Branson Board of Alderman for unanimously passing a strong smoke-free ordinance. This ordinance will protect workers and the public from the serious health hazards of secondhand smoke. “Supporters and volunteers...
  • Blog Post: 61,000 Kids is Why

    While the state of Kansas wrestles with finding a solution for its current deficit, we know there is a popular and life-saving way to raise some much needed revenue for the state – an increase in the tobacco tax. Kansans for a Healthy Future (K4HF) is a coalition formed around the singular mission...
  • Blog Post: Teen Tobacco Sales Tighten Down in Minnesota

    The Public News Service - MN wrote up a great article on Minnesota Retailers tightening their compliance to tobacco sales to teens, check it out! (Photo - Tony Alter / Flickr) ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota retailers do better at thwarting teens' attempts to buy tobacco than retailers in any other...
  • Blog Post: Judge upholds Indianapolis smoke-free air law

    The smoke-free air law in Indianapolis was upheld in court recently. On July 28th, a Marion County Superior Court judge upheld the smoke-free ordinance, that went into effect in 2012. It was passed by the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council. Click here to read the rest of the story and...
  • Blog Post: E-Cigarettes in the news

    Have you been reading a lot about the e-cigarette bills in the news lately? If you need to catch up, here's a sample of what's out there: Battle Creek Enquirer: Snyder should veto e-cigarette legislation Detroit Free Press: Michigan bills that would ban minors from buying e-cigs cause concern...
  • Blog Post: E-cigarette market rises, health experts warn users

    Check out this recent news report about electronic cigarettes from WISH-TV in Indiana, featuring quotes from Danielle Patterson, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association. “There’s no sense in trading in one tobacco product from an industry that’s been deceiving...
  • Blog Post: Letter to the Editor: Use Michigan's existing tobacco laws to cover e-cigarettes

    "Minors should not be allowed to purchase e-cigarettes. On this point, vast majorities of legislators and the public agree. The bigger question is: How should regulation about e-cigarettes be put in place?" This Letter to the Editor appeared in the Detroit Free Press and was submitted by...
  • 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...