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Tell PA Lawmakers It's Time to Pass CPR in Schools Legislation

Across the nation, 38 states are already training more than 2 million students in CPR--a lifesaving skill that will last a lifetime. It's time to make Pennsylvania No. 39!

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every kid outdoors act

A Win for Children and Heart Health

We did it! We have another federal win to celebrate! Thanks in large part to the combined voices of thousands of advocates from different partners across the country, the Every Kid Outdoors Act has passed the United States Congress and been signed into law by President Trump!

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Youth and Tobacco: A new crisis

The tobacco endgame

We do everything we can to protect our loved ones, especially children, from the harms of tobacco and nicotine. But unfortunately, we know many kids face real pressure to pick up this deadly habit.

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GUEST BLOG: Let's Serve Kids Better!

March is National Nutrition Month! This month, the American Heart Association is focused on serving kids better by advocating for healthier kids’ meals in restaurants!

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Join Us on April 17th for Delaware Day at the Capitol!

Mark your calendar and REGISTER TODAY to join us on April 17th as health advocates from across the First State gather at Legislative Hall to meet with lawmakers. What are we talking about? Advocates, like you, will be urging elected officials to support efforts to raise the legal sales age of tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21 (Senate Bill 25) and make healthier drinks the default option in restaurant kids' meals.  

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Teenage Smoking

Building a Statewide Tobacco21 Movement

We're fighting an epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. Studies show that over 95% of adult smokers start their tobacco usage before the age of 21. We must do everything we can to prevent this lifelong addiction by raising the tobacco sale age to 21. Let's advocate for policy change. Join the statewide movement today!

 

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Coalition Praises Mississippi Lawmakers who Fought for $1.50 Cigarette Tax Increase

The Invest in a Healthier Future Coalition, a group of nearly 50 diverse organizations calling for a $1.50 per pack increase in the state cigarette tax, shared the following statement today after the Mississippi Legislature failed to pass a tobacco tax bill out of a committee in time for success this year.

“While we are disappointed this won’t be the year Mississippi starts on a path toward saving lives and protecting more of our state’s youth from tobacco addiction, we’re grateful for the discussion and attention this critical issue received. Thank you to those who joined us in support of a strong, $1.50 increase.

“The good news is that more and more Mississippi state lawmakers and businesses are now tuned in to the tobacco industry’s continued misinformation campaigns. Large numbers of tobacco lobbyists are hard at work at the Mississippi state capitol fighting against evidence-based policies that are proven to reduce smoking, save lives and save state taxpayers money.”

“We are up against an industry spending an estimated $127 million annually on tobacco marketing in Mississippi, targeting citizens most vulnerable to addiction with a cheap and dangerous product. But the support for change is there, throughout Mississippi. Our voices are louder and stronger together. We’ve come very far and giving up on the health of our state is not an option.”

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Policy Makes An Impact

Earlier this month, on Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day, Massachusetts’ You’re the Cure advocate Zoe’s story was shared with state lawmakers. To show how policy can truly impact the community, a valentine sharing her story was handed out, office to office.Valentine to Massachusetts lawmakers telling Zoe's pulse oximetry story. It read;

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Tennessee Legislative Update

On Tuesday, February 26, the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 1200 by Sen. Shane Reeves that would raise the state's minimum legal sale age of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21. The American Heart Association, along with the Tennessee Tobacco-Free Coalition, strongly supports this legislation.

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February is a Busy Month for New Orleans Advocates

This American Heart Month, You're the Cure advocates in New Orleans have been busy raising awareness not only about heart disease in their community, but also the need for a Complete Streets policy that will ensure safe, connected streets for residents and visitors alike.

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