American Heart Association http://wesa.fm en Cancer Society Proposes $1 Increase In Cigarette Tax http://wesa.fm/post/cancer-society-proposes-1-increase-cigarette-tax <p>A $1 tax increase could cause 77,000 adults to quit smoking and prevent 85,000 kids from ever starting smoking in Pennsylvania, according to the American Cancer Society.</p><p>The organization and its affiliate the Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) are partnering with the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association to convince Pennsylvania lawmakers to consider adding a dollar to the $1.60 per pack tax.</p><p>The groups are saying that the increase could save almost 50,000 lives in Pennsylvania.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:36:01 +0000 Jess Lasky 30309 at http://wesa.fm Take a Walk to Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke http://wesa.fm/post/take-walk-reduce-risk-heart-disease-stroke <p>Wednesday is National Walking Day, and organizers in Pittsburgh are hoping to get people in the good habit of taking a daily constitutional as warmer spring weather begins in the region.</p><p>Sandy McCurdy, board member of the American Heart Association, said walking is the easiest way to reduce one's risk for heart disease and stroke — two diseases that account for a combined 870,000 deaths in the United States each year.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Noah Brode & Deanna Garcia 7065 at http://wesa.fm