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Help Improve Our State Trails

We need your help passing a law that will help create beautiful state trails throughout the state. Tell your Senator to vote Yes on HB 273 and help improve our state trails system.

This proposal will make it easier for state trails to be created and improved. New Mexico trails are some of the most scenic in the country and this bill will encourage more people to use them. We want more New Mexicans to be physically active and walking is a great Start!

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise you can get. It’s easy; almost anyone can do it and it’s fun whether alone or with a partner. The health benefits are also outstanding. Research has shown that 30 minutes of walking can:

-reduce risk of heart disease
-improve blood and sugar levels
-lowers risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes

HB 273 has already been passed by the New Mexico House and now needs to pass the Senate. Please thank your Representative and tell your Senator to vote YES!


Cig Tax Update: Mixed Results from Committee Hearing

The proposed cigarette tax increase is still alive in the legislature, but at a lower amount. Instead of a full dollar increase legislators are now suggesting only a 50 cent increase per pack of cigarettes. There is still time increase the amount back to a dollar, and we need your help to deliver our message. Click here to tell lawmakers to support a $1 cig tax increase!

We support a dollar increase for many proven reasons. If New Mexico passed the dollar increase here are the evidence based projections:

-There would be 10,000 fewer adult smokers
-There would be 15,500 fewer youth smokers
-The long term health savings would be over $368 million

Please help us pass the cig tax increase and restore it to a full dollar!

Brian Bowser
Grassroots Coordinator
Advocacy Dept.
American Heart Association, South Central Affiliate


Cig Tax in Committee Today

A proposal that will raise the cigarette tax by a dollar will be heard TODAY in a committee. We need to tell members of the committee to support the cigarette tax increase so it can move forward. Please click here to send your message now!

This issue should be heard around 1:30 PM; please send your message before Noon so it can be fully considered. This bill has already passed one stage of process and we want to keep the momentum going!

Tobacco taxes have proven to be one of the most effective ways of reducing smoking and preventing youths from starting. With tobacco use being a leading cause of preventable death in the state and a major risk factor for heart disease, passing the proposed bill will be a huge win in the fight against heart disease.

With your help, we will pass this tobacco tax increase and reduce smoking in New Mexico. Again, please take action before noon today and share your voice.


Brian Bowser
Grassroots Coordinator

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