Posts Tagged ‘Smoking Cessation’

Major League Baseball Limits Smokeless Tobacco Use

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

A good first step. On November 22nd, Major League Baseball announced tighter restrictions pertaining to the use of smokeless tobacco by its players, as part of a new labor deal. Although players will still be able to use smokeless tobacco products during the game, they now cannot use them in pre-and post game interviews, or display packages in their back pockets when spectators are in the stands. In addition, the players union has agreed to partake in a national public service campaign with the Partnership at

This is a good first step, but there is still room for improvement.

See American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown’s statement below:

“The American Heart Association is pleased that baseball players recognize the dangers of smokeless tobacco use and will now take steps to reduce its visibility during and after games and other public events, and educate young people about its dangers.
While today’s Major League Baseball agreement on smokeless tobacco is not a grand slam, it is definitely a solid base hit.  Although the players would not agree to stop using tobacco while on the field, the contract provisions are an important step forward.
Children who emulate their favorite players by using smokeless tobacco risk falling into a trap that can lead to a lifetime of nicotine addiction.  Evidence shows that kids who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers.
Baseball is the nation’s pastime, and Americans cherish this great game and its time-honored traditions. But in the case of smokeless tobacco, there are clear indications that tradition leads to undesired health consequences, including oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.”

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Quit Smoking Today by Celebrating the Great American Smokeout!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Have you always wanted to quit? Are you always telling friends and family you’ll stop smoking tomorrow? Well, tomorrow is now today! Join our friends at the American Cancer Society and celebrate the 36th annual Great American Smokeout by kicking the habit right now. Today is the day where people from all over the country commit to quitting smoking. Not tomorrow. Not Monday. Not next year. Today!   

From a healthier heart to a little more cash in your pocket, the benefits of quitting smoking are crucial to anyone’s well-being! 

Still need a little inspiration to ditch the cigarettes? Watch the video below from President Obama and learn how to quit today!

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State Preemption Laws Weaken Efforts to Curb Smoking Rates

Friday, August 26th, 2011

“Although we can claim victory in repealing many harmful smoke-free preemption laws, we have not made a significant dent in removing barriers that prevent local communities from keeping destructive products and misleading advertisements away from children and adults.  Research has shown that tobacco control measures initiated at the local level inevitably influence state and national policies, however, too many lawmakers have failed to support evidence-based interventions at the local level that reduce tobacco’s deadly toll.” – Nancy Brown, AHA CEO

To read the full statement, click here

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American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown Hails Progress in Smoke-Free Policies

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Over the last decade, we have made steady progress in protecting Americans from the deadly consequences of tobacco use with passage of comprehensive smoke-free policies. But it’s too soon to rest on our laurels. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia have enacted smoke-free laws for workplaces, bars and restaurants since 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and if current trends continue, the nation could be 100 percent smoke-free by 2020. However, nearly half of the country still lacks comprehensive smoke-free laws, hampering efforts to reduce tobacco use and smoking-related illnesses in the southern region of the country where heart disease and stroke death rates remain high. Tobacco use is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer. We must zero in on those areas that continue to lag despite studies that show smoke-free policies benefit public health and the local economy with lower health care costs.

The CDC report, State Smoke-free Laws for Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars – United States, 2000-2010, indicates approximately 88 million Americans are still exposed to secondhand smoke and several states have exemptions that put too many nonsmokers at risk. This remains a hurdle that must be addressed with passage of strong legislation to close loopholes. Elected officials, particularly those in the south, must do more to enact comprehensive smoke-free laws and give citizens a greater opportunity to breathe clean air.

For more information, visit the CDC website.

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“Why is America Still Smoking?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
Today Dr. Ralph Sacco and others joined U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin for a congressional briefing on the Tobacco epidemic – “Why is America Still Smoking?” The event was in response to the Surgeon General’s recently issued report that details the biological damage tobacco smoke wreaks on the body and how smoking causes cardiovascular disease and cancer, among other conditions.
To view the Surgeon General’s report:

To view event photos, visit our AmHeartAdvocacy Flickr page:

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CEO Nancy Brown Stresses Importance of Anti-Tobacco Initiatives

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States, and is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke!
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown says the large amount of adults who smoke in the United States reinforces the need to implement strong anti-tobacco legislation across the country at the local, state, and federal levels.
As tobacco’s financial and health implications continue to plague many communities, the AHA urges elected officials to support increases in tobacco taxes, provide adequate funding for tobacco cessation and prevention programs, pass and protect comprehensive smoke-free air laws, and ensure implementation of FDA regulation of tobacco. These measures have proven successful in states with the lowest smoking rates.
Need help quitting or want to help a friend with smoking cessation? Visit the AHA’s Quit Smoking page for more information.
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