Earlier this month voters across the country hit the polls and in many states had the opportunity to prioritize policies that would help prevent and treat cardiovascular disease.
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“Voters in states nationwide made it abundantly clear that preventing cardiovascular disease and promoting public health were top election priorities,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association. “These wins for public health are thanks to grassroots advocates across the country who worked tirelessly to amplify the message that evidence-based public policies can save lives and improve health and well-being.”
- Idaho, Nebraska and Utah passed ballot initiatives to expand access to quality health coverage through Medicaid.
- Oregon defeated a campaign by grocery and sugary drink companies to preempt community efforts to increase taxes on sugary drinks.
- Florida acted to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in workplaces including restaurants and shopping malls.
- Measures to increase funding for transportation projects that increase physical activity and improve health passed in the state of Colorado and localities including Austin, TX; Boulder, CO; Charlotte, NC; Tucson, AZ and Wake County, NC.
The American Heart Association celebrates these victories and will continue to work at the federal, state, and local level to improve access to care, improve public health and reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.