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Only a Smokescreen? Big Tobacco Stands Down as Colorado and Oregon Hike Cigarette Taxes

Only a Smokescreen? Big Tobacco Stands Down as Colorado and Oregon Hike Cigarette Taxes

This story also ran on . It can beBig Tobacco did something unusual in Marlboro Country last fall: It stood aside while Colorado voters approved the state’s first tobacco tax hike in 16 years.The industry, led by Altria Group, one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, has spent exorbitantly in the past to kill similar state ballot initiatives. In 2018, Altria’s lobbying arm more than $17 million to help defeat Montana’s tobacco tax ballot initiative. That same year, it spent around to help defeat South Dakota’s similar measure.And four years ago, Altria was the leading funder in a...

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Push Is On in US to Figure Out South Asians’ High Heart Risks

Push Is On in US to Figure Out South Asians’ High Heart Risks

This story also ran on .For years, Sharad Acharya’s frequent hikes in the mountains outside Denver would leave him short of breath. But a real wake-up call came three years ago when he suddenly struggled to breathe while walking through an airport.An electrocardiogram revealed that Acharya, a Nepali American from Broomfield, Colorado, had an irregular heartbeat on top of the high blood pressure he already knew about. He had to immediately undergo triple bypass surgery and get seven stents.Acharya, now 54, thought of his late father and his many uncles who have had heart problems.“It’s part...

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South Asian Americans face disproportionately higher risks of heart disease, other cardiovascular ailments

South Asian Americans face disproportionately higher risks of heart disease, other cardiovascular ailments

For years, Sharad Acharya’s frequent hikes in the mountains outside Denver would leave him short of breath. But a real wake-up call came three years ago when he suddenly struggled to breathe while walking through an airport.An electrocardiogram revealed that Acharya, a Nepali American from Broomfield, Colo., had an irregular heartbeat on top of the high blood pressure he already knew about. He had to immediately undergo triple bypass surgery with seven stents.Acharya, now 54, thought of his late father and his many uncles who have had heart problems.“It’s part of my genetics, for sure,” he...

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