Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Do you love the Freedom to Breathe Act? Write a letter to the editor of you local newspaper!

One year ago, on October 1, 2007, because of advocates like you, the state of Minnesota became smokefree in all workplaces. Passage of the Freedom to Breathe Act is one of the most significant public health accomplishments in the history of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Legislature passed the measure and it was signed into law by Governor Pawlenty with the recognition that there are no safe levels of exposure to secondhand smoke. Today, thanks to the foresight of the legislature and the governor, Minnesota is a healthier state. As American Heart Association advocates, let’s celebrate this great accomplishment by thanking our state legislators and Governor Pawlenty by writing letters to editors of newspapers across the state.

American Heart Association staff can help you craft a letter and submit it to a paper. Just email me at for assistance.

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