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Pause of state flavored vape rule endangers Montana Kids

In August when the Montana Department of Health and Human Services was forced to withdraw their proposed rule restricting flavored e-cigarette/vape products we were disappointed but we aren't giving up on our efforts to protect Montana kids from a lifetime of addiction. Recently we submitted an op-ed to a number of papers around the state and it was recently published in the Billings Gazette. This is part of our effort to raise awareness on the issue as we continue to prepare for the 2021 legislative session.

Guest opinion: Pause of state flavored vape rule endangers Montana Kids

Cathy White, Lauren Wilson, Amanda Cahill and Willow Peterson

We know that flavored vape and tobacco hook kids.

That is why as advocates for Montana’s kids and public health in general, we’re disappointed that politics in the Montana Legislature has led the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPPHS) to pause its rule to restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in our state.

In pausing the rule, DPPHS said that “more education and collaboration” is needed in the Montana Legislature before the rule moves forward. The decision by the department to delay the rule is in response to an objection filed by 20 legislators, who argued that DPHHS doesn’t have the authority to implement it.

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Looking ahead to 2021 and we want to hear from you

It’s hard to believe it’s already September. We hope this finds you well and safe. While many things right now feel like they are on hold, the American Heart Association’s advocacy work is continuing.

We know the state will face some tough decisions in 2021 due to COVID-19.  While we know lawmakers will be facing difficult choices we hope with your help we can continue advocating for important health issues including:

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A picture of rock arches in Utah national par

Looking ahead to 2021 and we want to hear from you

It’s hard to believe it’s already September. We hope this finds you well and safe. While many things right now feel like they are on hold, the American Heart Association’s advocacy work is continuing.

We anticipate the state will face some tough decisions in 2021 due to COVID-19.  While we know lawmakers will be facing difficult choices we hope with your help we can continue advocating for important health issues including:

  1. Tobacco and e-cigarette control issues.
  2. Protecting full funding for the Medicaid program.
  3. SNAP and funding for other food access programs to help the most vulnerable in our state
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Looking ahead to the 2021 legislative session

It’s hard to believe it’s already September. We hope this finds you well and safe. While many things right now feel like they are on hold, the American Heart Association’s advocacy work is continuing.

We are currently developing our policy agenda for the 2021 legislative session that will start in January. We anticipate the state will face some tough decisions in 2021 due to COVID-19 and its impact on state revenue.  While we know lawmakers will be facing difficult choices we hope with your help we can continue advocating for important health issues including tobacco and e-cigarette control issues.

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Why I'm voting YES on Prop 108 in November

I am a Pediatrician in Oregon and I recently submitted an op-ed to my local newspaper explaining why I am voting YES Prop 108 this November. I hope you will consider voting YES in November as well.

It is time to raise the price of tobacco in Oregon to save our youth from a lifetime of nicotine addiction.

Here are three patients I saw recently in my pediatric clinic:

- An 8th grader is sullen and irritable. He drops out of his favorite sport. He has a new friend group. His grades are slipping. His parents tell me they found a box of used vape pods in his bedroom. He is addicted to nicotine. His parents don’t know what to do.

- A 16-year-old admits to vaping with her friends nearly every day - in the school bathroom, at the park, in their cars. She never buys her own. She always bums a hit off of her friends. She claims she is not addicted. “Could you quit today?” I ask. “No,” she says. “That would be too hard.”

- A 19-year-old vapes half of a Juul pod each day. He buys them from a coworker. He sometimes gets chest pains and is afraid of dying of that vaping illness he has heard about in the news. He has tried to quit four times since he started smoking at age 15. He wants my help to try again, hoping that this time it sticks.

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What We've Been Working On in 2020

It’s hard to believe it’s already September. We hope this finds you well and safe. While many things right now feel like they are on hold, the American Heart Association’s advocacy work is continuing, and we have an update on some of the issues we have been working on here in Montana.

As you know, the legislature did not meet in 2020 so we have been busy working on issues through regulatory efforts and on the community level. Below are updates on two of the top priorities we have been focused on.

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Looking ahead to 2021 and we want to hear from you

Earlier this month the Idaho Legislature convened for a special session, something that is incredibly rare in Idaho, and while it only lasted 3 days we were watching closely to see if we could get any indication on how things will go when they gather for the 2021 session.

It was an intense three days, but lessons were learned, and we are hoping that means the 2021 legislative session will be productive. We expect the Governor and Legislative leadership to decide if the 2021 legislative session will be virtual or not soon. Either way we will keep you informed and provide opportunities for your voice to be heard.

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Meet your Government Relations Director, Tina!

As you may know, there's been some changes to our team across AHA due to Covid-19 affecting all nonprofits. While we'll miss our former team members, we won't change our commitment to our advocates or to issues that matter most to us all. Our Government Relations Director, Tina Zuk, will be supporting West Virginia and continuing our mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We wanted to introduce Tina to you!

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Meet Your Government Relations Director, Megan!

As you may know, there's been some changes to our team across AHA due to Covid-19 affecting all nonprofits. While we'll miss our former team members, we won't change our commitment to our advocates or to issues that matter most to us all. Our Government Relations Director, Megan Tucker, will be supporting Delaware and continuing our mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We wanted to introduce Megan to you!

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Kids running.

New Research about Minnesota's kids

Check out this new article about research about how our kids are staying active.

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