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!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

TAKE ACTION! Celebrate 2 Years of a Smoke-Free Minnesota!

Celebrate 2 Years of Smoke-Free Minnesota!

On October 1, Minnesota's Freedom to Breathe Act will turn 2 years old! The Freedom to Breathe Act is the statewide smoking ban that took effect on October 1, 2007 prohibiting smoking in ALL Minnesota workplaces including bars and restaurants. Minnesotans and the business community have embraced the law with overwhelming support protecting workers from secondhand smoke, helping Minnesotans quit smoking and making Minnesota a healthier place to live, work and play.

After passing smoking bans, communities in North America and Europe had 17 percent fewer heart attacks compared to communities without smoking restrictions, and the number of heart attacks kept decreasing with time, according to a report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

In addtion, in Minnesota we know that the public has embraced the law (77% support) and does not want to return to the days of breathing in secondhand smoke in public places.

Your support continues to make our state a healthy place to live.

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