Strategy 1.1.3: Advance policies that reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.

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

American Lung Association (ALA) - Smokefree Housing Program

Many landlords and property managers are instituting a no-smoking clause to improve the health of their tenants, reduce costs associated with rehabbing apartments vacated by a tenant who smoked and reduce the risk of fire damage and death in properties.

ALA works with landlords, tenants, and the community to voluntarily increase the number of smoke-free apartments in Minnesota to better meet the high demands of tenants seeking a healthy, smoke-free environment in which to live.

Contact: Pat McKone
Phone: (651) 227-8014
E-mail: or
Website: Smokefree Housing

MDH - Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives*
The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) works to prevent disease before it starts by helping create healthier communities that support individuals seeking to make healthy choices in their daily lives. Community health boards and tribal governments were invited to apply for competitive SHIP grants in spring 2009 and fall 2011. SHIP works in the areas of community, school, workplace and health care toward sustainable, systemic changes that create widespread, lasting results.

MDH received a federal Community Transformation Grant (CTG) that also supports the tobacco-related strategies.

Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives

MDH - Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
Tobacco Prevention & Control connects health professionals, and the public to valuable resources including smoking cessation, reports detailing the effects of tobacco use, educational materials, and guidance on community-based tobacco prevention programs.

Contact: Jeanne Carls
Phone: (651) 201-5442
Website: Tobacco Prevention and Control

Tobacco Free Youth Recreation
Tobacco-Free Youth Recreation is a program of the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota. Their mission is to assist recreational organizations and communities in their efforts to create a tobacco-free environment where they can promote and model tobacco-free lifestyles.This is accomplished by helping these groups partner with youth and adult community members to implement a recreation-based tobacco prevention strategy.

Phone: (651) 646-3005
Website: Tobacco-Free Youth Recreation

The Association for Nonsmokers - Minnesota

The Association for Nonsmokers--Minnesota (ANSR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the human and economic costs of tobacco use in Minnesota. Our core commitments are to reduce the number of young smokers and to continuously advocate for the rights and health of nonsmokers. ANSRhas continued to play a leading role in shaping tobacco policy by:

  • Restricting sales of tobacco products to youth.
  • Advocating for smoke-free work sites, restaurants, and multi-housing.
  • Creating tobacco-free environments in outdoor recreational settings.
  • Devloping best practices for assisting miliary veterans with smoking cessation.
Contact: Jeanne Weigum
Phone: (651) 646-3005
Website: The Association for Nonsmokers- Minnesota

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

* Addresses health disparities


Updated Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 06:36AM