Strategy 1.1.1:
Decrease rates of initiation of tobacco use

Strategies from the 2011-2020 Minnesota Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Plan

Legislation - Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax
Chapter 297F.Cigarettes and Tobacco Taxes

Legislative Advocacy - Raise Tobacco Tax

Raise it for Health is a coalition of Minnesota's leading health and nonprofit organizations who share a common goal of reducing tobacco use. Each year in Minnesota tobacco use is responsible for more than 5,100 deaths and almost $3 billion in preventable health care costs. Raise it for Health supports significantly raising the price of tobacco products in Minnesota because it is a proven way to prevent children from starting to use tobacco and helping existing tobacco users quit. Raising tobacco prices will reduce the devastating human and economic costs of tobacco use in Minnesota

Coalition members include AARP Minnesota, Allina Hospitals & Clinics, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Catalyst, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, ClearWay Minnesota, Courage Center, HealthPartners, LifeScience Alley, Local Public Health Association, Mayo Clinic, Medica, Metro Minnesota Oncology Nursing Society, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Minnesota African American Tobacco Education Network, Minnesota Cancer Alliance, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Minnesota Hospital Association, Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Public Health Association, Park Nicollet, School Nurse Organization of Minnesota, The Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance Minnesota’s Parity for Priority Populations (LAAMPP Institute), Twin Cities Medical Society, University of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fairview

Contact: Raise It for Health Coalition
Raise it for Health

If you would like to report current activity around this strategy, please contact Sueling Schardin at (651) 201-4051 or

Updated Monday, May 12, 2014 at 01:12PM