ACC CEO Jack Lewin Comments on Surgeon General’s Tobacco Prevention Report

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“The decision to not smoke is one of the most important decisions young people can do to maintain heart health throughout their lives,” said Jack Lewin, MD, Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Cardiology. “The Surgeon General’s decision to reinvigorate efforts to keep children and young adults from smoking and to encourage smoking cessation will help us continue downward the trend of mortality due to heart disease and save millions in spending on health care. This effort is a complement to our partnership with Million Hearts, a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. Million Hearts promotes the ABCS of heart health: Aspirin use, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management and Smoking cessation.”


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