Newsletter Feature - AK
Anchorage Assembly is considering raising the tobacco sale age to 21
In an effort to reduce tobacco use and tobacco related illnesses in the community, the Anchorage Assembly is considering an ordinance to raise the tobacco sale age from 19 to 21. Tobacco use remains a leading cause of preventable death in Alaska, claiming more than 600 lives each year. In addition, since 2011 there has been a huge increase in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students causing the U.S. Surgeon General to call it an “epidemic” for our youth. We can’t let this trend continue. We need to take action now!
The American Heart Association along with other health partners is excited to see the Anchorage Assembly considering taking this step and we look forward to helping craft a strong policy that will protect kids from the dire effects of tobacco and e-cigarette use. Research tells us that 95% of smokers start by the age of 21. If passed this ordinance will help keep tobacco products out of our middle and high schools and away from younger kids.
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AHA's New Brand
For nearly 100 years, the American Heart Association has been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives.
Meet the AHA's new president
The following story was originally posted on the American Heart Association News site on July 2, 2018.
Smoke-Free Indoor Workplaces Becomes State Law
Thanks to your continued support the last few years, on May 24th, Governor Walker finally signed our Smoke-Free indoor workplace bill (Senate Bill 63) that will make all indoor workplaces smoke-free. This has been a really long time coming and we are so happy that Alaskans will be protected from unwanted second-hand smoke in the workplace.
Advocacy Tips for Summer
Summer is the season for the beach, backyard picnics, and pool parties. But it's also the time to make a real difference in your community and improve your advocacy skills. Here are five easy things you can do this summer to be an even more powerful advocate:
American Stroke Month 2018
Did you know that stroke is a leading cause of death and preventable disability with 7 million American adults having had a stroke? Or that someone has a stroke every 40 seconds?
AHA'S Support Network
You’re not alone. Make our social support network your home.
ICYMI: February 8 – 14th was CHD Awareness Week
Did you know that we celebrated Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness week this month? With the crazy news cycle, heart month events, Black History month celebrations, and life getting in the way, it’s totally understandable that you may have missed it. But never fear, I’m here to give you some facts to share with your friends and family.
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Advocate Spotlight: Kristin Williams
The morning of October 1, 2011 started as an average one; I smoked a cigarette, had a cup of coffee, and headed out for the day. However, it quickly took a turn for the worse. As I sat down for lunch, my heart rate shot up and I felt a sudden rush of adrenaline. I assumed it was anxiety and tried to forget the discomfort. I went about my day until a friend placed his hand on my chest to feel my heart rate. After feeling what felt like “a thousand grenades going off” in my chest, he convinced me to go to the hospital. There I was told that an aneurysm in my heart ruptured and I would probably need open-heart surgery.
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Will You Wear Red?
I’ll be rocking my red February 2nd for National Wear Red Day®. Will you join me?