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Smoke-free laws move outdoors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A few decades after cigarette smoke pervaded stores, movie theaters and restaurants, clean indoor air has become the norm for more than half the country. But at many parks and beaches, Americans still breathe secondhand smoke — a scenario many cities hope to change by […]

September 1st, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

FDA issues warnings to ‘natural’ tobacco makers

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters Thursday to tobacco makers ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. and Sherman’s 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd. for labels claiming their cigarettes are “additive-free” or “natural.”

The manufacturers must receive FDA approval to legally sell […]

August 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

CDC: More fruits, less sodium in school meals

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The amount of whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables offered in school meals is up and sodium is down, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday.

“Schools play a critical role in demonstrating and reinforcing healthy eating behaviors by making […]

August 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Small stores that accept food stamps lack healthy options

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Convenience stores participating in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program fail to offer enough nutritious foods, according to a Minnesota study published Thursday in Preventing Chronic Disease.

SNAP is a government program that helps millions of low-income families purchase healthy foods. Previous research shows that single […]

August 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

CDC: Childhood obesity higher in U.S. than Canada

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More American children are obese than Canadian children, according to a report released Tuesday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The prevalence of childhood obesity is 17.5 percent in the U.S. compared with 13 percent in Canada, the report said. Although the countries had […]

August 26th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

CPR program expected to train 1 million students

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More than 330,000 middle school students in low-income areas learned CPR during the last school year through a nationwide American Heart Association program supported by Ross Dress for Less.

One middle school near each of the more than 1,100 Ross Dress for Less stores received a […]

August 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |1 Comment

Study: Most people don’t understand tobacco quitlines

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People in groups most likely to smoke don’t understand how tobacco quitlines work or what they do, according to a new study published Thursday in Preventing Chronic Disease.

Tobacco quitlines are toll-free phone numbers answered by counselors trained to help tobacco users quit.

Researchers said less than […]

August 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Study: Drugs have not significantly improved stop-smoking efforts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The stop-smoking drug varenicline, sold as Chantix, helps smokers quit in the short-term, but after three months its effectiveness wanes compared to other methods, according to new research.

Introduced in 2006, the drug has not significantly changed the rate of American adults who successfully quit smoking.

“We […]

August 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

High school students who try e-cigarettes more likely to smoke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Los Angeles high school students who tried electronic cigarettes were more likely to smoke cigarettes, cigars or hookahs within a year than those who hadn’t tried e-cigarettes, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA

E-cigarettes deliver a nicotine-containing aerosol popularly called vapor by heating a […]

August 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Back to school, back to good health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

With summer drawing to a close, back-to-school season not only is a time to stock up on supplies, it’s also an opportunity to encourage kids to eat healthy, be active and avoid secondhand smoke.

A smoke-free environment can promote children’s brain development, prevent addictions and lead […]

August 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments