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Coalition Applauds FDA Announcement to Regulate Menthol Tobacco, Says Vermont State Leaders Need to Act Now

The Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont today welcomed the announcement from the Biden Administration regarding the proposal to prohibit the sale of menthol cigarettes and menthol-flavored mass-produced cigars, but urged Vermont lawmakers to act now because the federal action falls short in making immediate change – costing precious lives that could be saved NOW.   The tobacco industry

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Patients and Public Health Advocates from Across Maine Rally Legislature with Virtual Tobacco Action Day

Lawmakers have opportunity to combat public health impact of COVID-19 by enacting policies proven to reduce and prevent tobacco use, including a tobacco tax increase. On April 13, state legislators heard from cancer and cardiovascular patients, survivors, and public health advocates during Maine’s virtual Tobacco Action Day. Even though the advocates could not travel to

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CycleNation™ Begins May 2: Month-long Digital Program Helps Get Vermonters Active

The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that the Vermont CycleNation™ event will kick off during American Stroke Month in May. Starting on May 2nd, participants can track their activity by downloading the CycleNation app or using Strava when signing up. Activities could include stationary or outdoor biking, or activities participants enjoy, keeping them

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American Stroke Association honors 11 leading stroke scientists, including UVM’s Marilyn Cipolla, PhD

Eleven scientists leading the way in stroke research will be recognized for their exceptional achievements during the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2021 (ISC). The illustrious group includes four groundbreaking scientists who have devoted their careers to stroke research, six authors of notable new research and one scientist recognized for outstanding mentorship.  The virtual

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Changes in health care, education needed to improve LGBT heart health

LGBT adults report experiencing high rates of discrimination in health care settings, according to a 2020 statement released by the American Heart Association. As part of National LGBT Health Awareness Week held March 22-26, 2021, the Association is highlighting the unique factors affecting LGBT health and reiterates the call for policy change within health care

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Brian Shankey Named American Heart Association’s Executive Director for Northern New England

Brian Shankey recently joined the American Heart Association as Executive Director for Northern New England. He will be responsible for overseeing all fundraising activities and volunteer leadership across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Shankey brings two decades of non-profit leadership, volunteer and staff management, and fundraising experience, most recently serving as Executive Director for the