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  • Blog Post: Celebrate Ten Years of Smoke Free Restaurants and Bars in Vermont on September 1st!

    Vermont has been enjoying smoke free bars and restaurants for some time thanks to advocates like you so come and celebrate with us! It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years but on September 1, 2005, Vermont eliminated a large loophole in the 1993 Smoking in Public Places Law that allowed...
  • Blog Post: Nicotine-laced aerosol in your workplace? Yup.

    By now, you have all heard about these new tobacco products called e-cigarettes. These products take addictive nicotine-laced liquid, add candy and fruit flavors, and insert them into a devise that aerosolizes the liquid. People inhale the aerosol instead of smoking. Kids are using these products in...
  • Blog Post: Score: Vaping Industry 1 Public Health 0

    State Senate adjourns without taking action to stop vaping in workplaces . A loophole in state law allows electronic cigarettes to be used where smoking is prohibited. The American Heart Association joined with numerous public health groups in calling on state lawmakers to close this loophole. Why...
  • Blog Post: PHONE BLITZ

    IT'S TIME TO STOP VAPING IN WORKPLACES! Time is running out in Albany to close the ecig loophole – yes, electronic cigarettes are allowed where smoking is prohibited! We are working to close this loophole…with just 2 legislative session days left , we need your help ! PHONE BLITZ TO...
  • Blog Post: It's a Wrap! A Summary of the 2015 Vermont Legislative Session

    This legislative session proved to be one of the most exciting and frustrating. I am incredibly proud of the hard work of AHA volunteers in trying to pass the first in the nation excess tax on sugary drinks to reduce obesity. We made great progress. Preventing Obesity : Though our effort to pass a...
  • Blog Post: Will you advocate for stroke victims?

    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association will be holding our first ever Stroke Awareness Advocacy Day in Albany on May 27 th to raise awareness of stroke. ASA will set-up meetings and provide a training for all. Participants will then meet with lawmakers and staff to discuss: ...
  • Blog Post: New Leadership in Albany

    This week we saw a major shift in leadership at the state's Capitol. Senator Dean Skelos stepped down as New York State Senate Majority Leader amidst rising pressure from lawmakers and good government groups. New York State Senator John Flanagan was selected by his colleagues as the new Senate Majority...
  • Blog Post: #StepUp4HeartHealth

    Hundreds of You’re the Cure advocates are in Washington, D.C. today! And we have a great group of NYers making the trip! So what's everyone talking about? Advocates will be telling lawmakers to support healthy school meals - Kids don't need junk food in schools. And we'll also...
  • Blog Post: Urge Senators to Lift the Cap on Charitable Donations!

    Please tell Senate Finance Committee members that limiting the amount of funds non-profit organizations can raise in Vermont to fund their missions is the wrong way to raise revenue. The Vermont House has passed legislation that would cap itemized deductions at 2.5 percent of the state standard deduction...
  • Blog Post: Urge Lawmakers to Support Health Care Bill and Advance Legislation to Address Tobacco and Obesity!

    As legislators currently weigh options to fund health care priorities in Vermont, it makes sense to look at funding sources that target health care problems. The Vermont House will be voting on legislation this week to increase the tobacco tax and implement an excise tax on sugary drinks. Urge them to...
  • Blog Post: Flashes of Memories

    I called my paternal grandfather Pop Pop. He would have been 106 today. He passed away when I was a young girl, but I have wonderful memories of him. I remember him in flashes. Catching sand crabs at Dennis Shores on the Cape, working on some photography project in the basement of his house in NJ, teaching...
  • Blog Post: Kate Kearns, Maine

    The last time I spoke to my Dad, he had decided he wanted my baby, due that winter, to call him "Granddaddy." You see, my sister and I never stopped calling him "Daddy" even into our adulthood, and he wanted to keep it that way. He never got to meet my daughter. I remember him...
  • Blog Post: Over 38,000 in New Hampshire May Lose Access to Healthcare

    New Hampshire recently received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand access to healthcare coverage for hard-working uninsured adults, through a premium assistance program. This program enabled over 38,000 Granite Staters to enroll in private health plans offered through...
  • Blog Post: Kick Butts Day

    The 84 Movement took to the State House on March 18 th as a part of the 20 th annual Kick Butts Day. This national day of youth activism mobilized the highest number of Massachusetts youth groups in The 84 Movement’s history. The day began with an opening session in the Gardner Auditorium at...
  • Blog Post: Honor the Legacy. Protect the Future.

    When people are healthy, children do better in school, workers are more productive, families have more money in their wallets every month, and businesses can add jobs because their health costs are lower. Why, then does Governor LePage recommend gutting Maine’s only state source of tobacco and...
  • 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 would...
  • 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...