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Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Funding

Many people may not remember, or be familiar with, the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) so I want to remind people of what exactly it was and what it meant for Idaho. This was a legal agreement between 52 states and territories and the four major tobacco companies in the U.S. that settled dozens of lawsuits brought by state attorneys general to recover the costs associated with smoking related illnesses.

Idaho participated in this lawsuit, and as a result, receives approximately $18 million per year from the settlement. This led the state legislature to establish the Idaho Millennium Fund, which was designed to invest these dollars and provide funding in perpetuity to support tobacco prevention and cessation, as well as other substance use prevention programs. However, within the law, there is no requirement these dollars be used specifically for tobacco prevention efforts. Recently, these annually appropriated funds have shifted to support other health care initiatives.

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Oregon Kids Can’t Wait on the Federal Government When it Comes to Preventing Tobacco Use

While it is easy to forget when Oregon is still in the throws of the COVID19 Delta variant, before the pandemic Oregon was facing a different kind of epidemic brought about by the tobacco industry. A youth smoking epidemic driven by egregiously flavors tobacco products.

As part of my work in the community, I have some samples of flavored tobacco products to use as examples to show elected officials, who are not often the targets of the sleek advertising campaigns from the tobacco industry, just what we are talking about.  When my then 5-year-old came across the jar in my car he asked me if it was candy.  That’s when this really campaign hit close to home.  The tobacco industry is preying on our kids.

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Join Us October 6th

We enjoyed connecting with You're the Cure advocates from across the country last month as part of our RelentlessTogether National Advocacy Chat Series, highlighting key federal public policy efforts and the future of Heart.  

If you missed any of the four chats, we invite you to visit act.yourethecure.org/relentless to catch the replays and to share them with friends.

In case you have any questions after watching the recordings we wanted to offer office hours on Zoom (details below) on October 6th at noon PST. This is a casual time for you to connect with us and ask any questions that weren't addressed during the chats or any other questions you might have about the work we are doing in your state. 

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Today Is World Heart Day!

World Heart Day takes place each year on September 29. This day of awareness created by the World Heart Federation has been informing people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming millions of lives each year.

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40 Years of Advocacy Impact

Help Us Celebrate 40 years of Advocacy Impact!

Please join us October 26th at 7:00 p.m. central for a special event recognizing the American Heart Association’s powerful role in opening doors to equitable health through public policies that improve lives.

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Update from Capitol Hill

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Take a Walk: Fit Fitness Into Your Busy Fall Schedule

After those hot days of summer, most of us welcome cooler Autumn weather. And what better time than the crisp days of fall to get out and get those steps in? 

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GUEST VLOG: Abby & Andre Talk Broccoli Casserole and Advocacy

Hello everyone!! My name is Abigail Davis, and I am so excited for y'all to see my newest LubDub vlog! This month my special guest was Andre Scott from Texas who is only fifteen but has already done so much in the advocacy realm for the American Heart Association.

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GUEST BLOG: Andre & Abby Talk Broccoli Casserole and Advocacy

Hello – thanks everyone for stopping by! I'm Andre Scott, a youth advocate for the American Heart Association, and I would like to introduce my first crossover vlog with Abigail Davis; a long-time member of You’re the Cure and the AHA Advocacy Team.

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You Did It, Illinois!

Great news! Because they heard from amazing advocates like you, the Governor has signed Senate Bill 1846, legislation that will ensure water, milk and 100% juice are the default drink options in restaurant kids' meals.

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