On behalf of your American Heart Association Indiana 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 Indiana's youth by codifying the Tobacco 21 bill passed federally in December into state law. We're excited to share that Senate Bill 1 passed on March 11th. In addition to raising the age of sale for tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21, Senate Bill 1 doubles fines for retailers who sell to our youth and ensures that new tobacco and vape shops cannot be located within 1,000 feel of a school.
The American Heart Association also supported passage of two bills that will help ensure that quick and timely CPR is available to our youngest Hoosiers. Senate Bill 238, passed on February 24th, requires that child care ministries have at least one individual who is certified in CPR present at all times. House Bill 1003 was passed on March 11th and will help ensure Indiana teachers are also certified in lifesaving CPR.
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!
Danielle Patterson and Melissa Brown
Your Indiana AHA Advocacy Team