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STORIES FROM THE HEART: After swapping cigarettes for junk food, Minnesota woman’s new habit is being heart-healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Shivering outside on her deck to have a cigarette in January 1990, Joyce Hobbs decided she’d had enough.

She was 29, and she’d been smoking since she was 13. It was time to quit.

She dropped the habit cold turkey, a major step in protecting herself […]

Smoking in front of your kids may increase their risk of heart disease as adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kids exposed to their parents’ smoking may have a higher risk of developing heart disease in adulthood than those whose parents didn’t smoke, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

The study’s results add to the growing evidence that exposure to smoking from […]

March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Report: Raising the legal age of cigarettes could save lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Raising the minimum legal age of buying cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21 or higher could save lives by delaying, and even preventing, a significant number of adolescents from ever taking their first puff, according to a new report released Thursday by the Institute […]

March 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Evidence linking marijuana and risk of stroke grows

Smoking marijuana may increase your chances of having a stroke, according to a review of 34 different studies published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

Researchers found a link between marijuana use and stroke in a total of 64 stroke patients (80 percent men, average age 32).

They also found:

81 […]

February 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

New Orleans set to go smoke-free

New Orleans passed an ordinance Thursday prohibiting smoking in most indoor public places, including bars, restaurants and casinos.

The ordinance improves on Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act of 2007 and creates smoke-free indoor public spaces in New Orleans, known for its entertainment and convention business.

“I applaud the New Orleans City Council […]

January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |2 Comments

States expand Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation

Smokers trying to kick the habit in Georgia got a boost last November when their state became the latest to give Medicaid recipients access to tobacco cessation counseling and medications at little or no cost.

Nineteen states now cover both face-to-face counseling and all treatments approved by the U.S. Food […]

January 14th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Anti-smoking campaign one of century’s best

A campaign dedicated to wiping out youth smoking was named one of the top 15 ad campaigns of the 21st Century by Advertising Age on Jan. 12. Cigarettes are the leading preventable cause of death, killing nearly half a million Americans a year and leaving 16 million others suffering […]

People who gained weight after quitting smoking still had lower death risk

In a small study in Japan, people who stopped smoking didn’t face increased death risk if they gained weight, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Quitters had a significantly lower risk of death compared to smokers regardless of their weight change after they […]

November 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |1 Comment

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Since heart attack, she ‘learned to cook instead of smoke,’ runs half-marathons

About midnight after a nice Thanksgiving dinner, Jodi Pitzen began sweating.

“There was nothing I could do to cool off,” she said. “Then I felt a little bit of nausea. I turned on the fan, but nothing was working. I could not stop sweating.”

After getting some water, she headed back […]

Home exercise can ease hopelessness in coronary heart disease patients

Home exercise can ease feelings of hopelessness in people with coronary heart disease, according to a small study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Feeling hopeless —pessimism and a sense of helplessness about the future — can be dangerous because it can discourage people from taking healthful […]