On behalf of your American Heart Association Kentucky Advocacy team, we hope you and your loved ones are doing well and staying healthy. We are grateful for the millions of people, like you, who have worked with us relentlessly to build healthier communities for everyone, everywhere. In this new reality, there will be new challenges for all of us as we press forward TOGETHER to achieve our mission.
As you know, we have been working alongside our amazing You're the Cure advocates to create a healthier future for Kentucky's youth by codifying the Tobacco 21 bill passed federally in December into state law. We're excited to share that Kentucky Senate Bill 56 passed and was signed into law on March 26th. In addition to raising the age of sale for tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21, SB 56 removes all purchase, use and possession penalties, while expanding the definition of vapor products to include electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Send your lawmakers a note of thanks for passing Senate Bill 56!
Additionally, with your help, we supported passage of Senate Bill 45, an act relating to child care centers that establishes nutrition, physical activity, screen time and sugary beverage standards. Senate Bill 45 successfully passed and was signed into law on March 11th, helping ensure a healthier start in life for our youngest Kentuckians.
We also wanted to take this opportunity to provide resources on how to minimize risk when out and about, stay active, eat healthy and be well when at home. We also hope you'll take a moment to watch Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention at the American Heart Association, answer questions many of you may have about COVID-19, particularly for high risk CVD patients.
Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or need additional information. Stay safe, and thank you for all you do as an incredible American Heart Association You're the Cure advocate!
Shannon Smith and Melissa Brown
Your Kentucky AHA Advocacy Team