Thursday, December 9, 2010

One Cigarette=One too many!!

A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General has been released on the health effects of cigarettes. The conclusion was clear: cigarettes are still a deadly threat and even small amounts of smoke can have serious health effects.

Please share this new study with lawmakers and ask them to support tobacco prevention in your state!

With this recent report on tobacco smoke it is more apparent than ever that we need to take steps to reduce smoking in our state. The study talked about the biology behind how smoking and exposure to smoke actually causes disease.

According to the Surgeon General even limited exposure to smoke can have serious health risks. "That one puff on that cigarette could be the one that causes your heart attack," Surgeon General Regina Benjamin said. Or it could be the one that damages someone else's heart: "I advise people to try to avoid being around smoking any way that you can," she said.

The American Heart Association is working to reduce tobacco consumption across the nation and our state. We are proud to support smoke-free workplaces, well funded tobacco prevention and cessation programs, and strong enforcement of youth access to tobacco products.

Please share this report with lawmakers and ask them to join us in our fight against tobacco use. FYI you can read the Surgeon General's report here: