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  • Blog Post: Cutting Funding for Tobacco Prevention is a Step Backwards

    Despite the historic successes of Vermont’s tobacco control program, tobacco use is still the number one preventable cause of death and disease. While we’ve made great headway, there is more work that needs to be done and the program is at risk. The Governor’s proposed budget...
  • Blog Post: New maps provide insight on access to supermarkets in New York State

    For millions of people around the country—many of them children—the fast choice is the only choice when it comes to food. Newly created maps paint a picture of the problem. View below to see maps outlining supermarket sales and income data in New York State. Additional blog posts on yourethecure...
  • Blog Post: Put Down Your Shovel and Help Save the Fund for a Healthy Maine

    The Legislature is in full swing. Almost. All of these storms have not only changed my exercise routine (I now just shovel for 1-4 hours a day instead of going to the Bath Y) but also the Legislature’s schedule. Public hearings, presentations and work sessions have had to be delayed, rescheduled...
  • Blog Post: Let's Advocate to Help NJ Make the Grade!

    Each year, the American Lung Association issues a "report card" on tobacco control policies for each state. They evaluate each state in 4 areas: tobacco prevention, smokefree air, tobacco taxes and access to cessation services. New Jersey earned an "A" in smokefree air. Although...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco and Obesity - A $550 Million Dollar Price Tag for Vermont

    Though prevention is a lot less expensive than the treatment of chronic diseases, Vermont legislators are now considering a budget proposal from the Governor that would cut $500,000 from tobacco and obesity prevention initiatives in Vermont at the same time the State is spending $550,000,000 on health...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Receives "F" Grade for Tobacco Prevention

    The American Lung Association recently released its annual 2015 State of Tobacco Control Report , evaluating all 50 states on their effectiveness in protecting the public from tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death. Did Rhode Island make the grade? In some areas, yes. In others, NO! ...
  • Blog Post: Making the Commonwealth Heart Healthy and Stroke Free in 2015!

    We have a number of legislative priorities this year that will help us work towards building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. We are excited about the number of opportunities we have and we appreciate your ongoing support to outreach to your elected officials. Here are what...
  • Blog Post: NJ is Better Than Last Place

    In December, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids issued their annual report Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-By-State Look at the 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 16 Years Later. The report provides a "ranking" for each state based on the state's funding for tobacco programs. New Jersey...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco Tax is a Win Win

    Vermont is currently spending $348 million each year to treat smoking-related illness, $72 million of which are taxpayer-funded Medicaid expenditures. We need to do more to reduce tobacco use and this financial burden. Increasing Vermont’s cigarette tax by $1.25 is part of the answer. It will...
  • Blog Post: New Year Brings New Opportunities for Heart Healthy Policies in New Hampshire

    This month is the start of the 2015-2016 legislative session in New Hampshire. We will soon have the opportunity to share the American Heart Association’s policy priorities with returning lawmakers as well as newly elected Senators and House Representatives. Each year the AHA presents a robust...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Healthier New York State

    NYS Legislative Session is just around the corner...Governor Cuomo will release his budget in January and lawmakers will consider hundreds, possibly thousands of bills. It's time to create a healthier New York...What are the policy priorities for the American Heart Association? Here's a quick...
  • Blog Post: Great News on Youth Smoking

    Earlier this year, the New Jersey Department of Health released a report on the findings of the 2012 Youth Tobacco Survey. They survey, which is conducted every other year, produced encouraging results. It showed that youth smoking rates have decreased significantly and only 9.3% of high school students...
  • Blog Post: Medical Students Turned Advocates

    Peter Evans, Christina Cahill and Lana Khuong know there is more than one way to save a life. They’ve organized CPR trainings, worked on tobacco cessation counseling protocols, coordinated cardiovascular research and fundraisers, and helped create healthy living lessons for adolescents. They’re...
  • Blog Post: Why New Hampshire Should Raise its Cigarette Tax

    Tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of death, for heart disease and stroke and other chronic diseases. NH’s last cigarette tax increase was in 2009. Two years later, the state gave in to tobacco industry pressure and decreased its tobacco tax! At the same time, the industry raised its...
  • 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...